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Ford Fiesta Review

The 2015 Ford Fiesta ranks 2 out of 17 Affordable Subcompact Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fiesta, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Ford Fiesta delivers agile handling and a first-rate cabin, but reviewers are dissatisfied with its perplexing tech features and cramped rear seats.

A four-cylinder engine is standard on the 2015 Ford Fiesta. Test drivers say the engine struggles to generate power on the highway when attempting to pass or merge but provides sufficient acceleration most of the time. For more power and higher fuel economy, reviewers recommend the optional turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The high-performance Fiesta ST is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that critics say delivers remarkable power. The base Fiesta comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional. The EPA reports that the base 2015 Fiesta gets 28/36 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class. Meanwhile, the three-cylinder Fiesta gets an excellent 31/43 mpg city/highway. The Fiesta earns praise for its controlled highway ride and accurate steering. Additionally, some auto writers say that the Fiesta’s nimble handling makes it a standout among subcompact cars.

Reviewers say the 2015 Fiesta's cabin is well-constructed and attractive, mixing soft-touch materials with hard plastics. The front seats, they write, are roomy and comfortable, but the rear seats are confining even for a car in this class. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, test drivers note that the Fiesta sedan's trunk space is generous compared with cars in its class. The hatchback, however, has less cargo space than many of its competitors. Test drivers write that it can be difficult to pair a phone with the Fiesta’s base audio system, and that the stereo’s controls are confusing and difficult to reach. As a result, some recommend the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, saying that it is much easier to use. The 2015 Fiesta comes standard with power door locks and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system, which includes a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Available features include cruise control, power windows, keyless entry and ignition, a moonroof, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a review camera.

  • "Affordable to buy, cheap to operate and entertaining to drive are three of our primary criteria for a desirable economy car, and the 2015 Ford Fiesta has no problem scoring high on each. A classier-than-expected interior and fully up-to-date infotainment equipment only underscore our feeling that the Fiesta is a subcompact car that punches well above its price class." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we've ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Developed for Europe before launching in the U.S. with upgrades to bring it in line with local regulations and tastes, Ford's Fiesta subcompact has a more premium feel than its modest price tag would suggest. While its quirky dual-clutch automatic transmission and limited rear seat/cargo space mean it won't be perfect for everyone, the Fiesta does impress with sporty driving dynamics and a boatload of available technology and comfort features." -- Left Lane News
  • "Therein lies the most beautiful part about the Fiesta ST package: It hits a really sweet spot in the US market. If you don't really need the space of the somewhat larger B-segment hatches, you don't have to get it. Save your money and have just as much fun in the Fiesta, if not more." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "If the Fiesta's excellent fuel economy, technical competency and many features aren't enough for you, we think the price tag will seal the deal." -- MSN (2012)

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Other Cars to Consider

The redesigned Honda Fit gets excellent fuel economy for the class, and reviewers say that it has a comfortable and controlled highway ride. The Fit also earns praise for its roomy back seat and large, practical cargo hold.

The Chevrolet Sonic is available as a sedan or a hatchback, and reviewers love its sprightly handling. The Sonic sedan and hatchback also offer more cargo space than comparable Fiesta models, and critics agree that the Sonic has more back-seat passenger space than most subcompact cars.

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Details: 2015 Ford Fiesta

The 2015 Ford Fiesta seats five and has front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Fiesta is available as a sedan or hatchback, and comes in S, SE, Titanium and high-performance ST (hatchback only) trims. The Fiesta debuted for the 2011 model year and sees no major changes for 2015, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.

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Review Last Updated: 8/12/15

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