2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

Pros: Invigorating performance of ST model; good ride quality for a subcompact; all versions have a nimble, fun-to-drive character

Cons: Limited passenger and cargo room; unconventional control layout; occasionally clunky performance from automated-manual transmission

CG Says: The 2017 Ford Fiesta is relatively unchanged. Fiesta is a front-wheel-drive subcompact offered in both sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles. Fiesta’s standard engine is a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder that mates to a five-speed manual or six-speed automated-manual transmission. For better fuel economy, a 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual is optional. Standard on the sporty ST model is a 197-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. Ford touts Fiesta as sporty, upscale subcompact, and we mostly agree. Fuel economy with the base engine has been terrific in our tests, but we prefer the slick 5-speed manual to the PowerShift 6-speed automated manual. The delightful ST model delivers high-performance driving thrills with little compromise in day-to-day practicality, save for a stiffer ride and confining front bucket seats. Fiesta’s greatest weakness has been its relatively cramped passenger and cargo accommodations. While it isn’t our favorite subcompact, Fiesta is worthy of consideration.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S sedan: $13,660
S hatchback: $13,960
SE sedan: $14,890
SE hatchback: $15,190
Titanium sedan: $18,650
Titanium hatchback: $18,950
ST hatchback: $21,140

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
120
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
123
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
197
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

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2017 Ford Fiesta ST
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2017 Ford Fiesta Sedan