2014 Ford Fiesta ST
We had so much fun during our first drive of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST that we awarded it our Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Subcompact of the year. Now, that we’ve had more time in the ST around our home surrounds, we wondered if our feelings would change. Well, they did, but only for the better.
The Fiesta ST sees Ford’s incredibly mild-mannered Fiesta hatchback thoroughly dressed up, tuned-up, and riled-up into the ideal tiny speedster. It may look a little funky, but make no mistake: it’s got all the right moves for pure driving pleasure.
The 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbo 4 is ratcheted up to 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque, all pumped through a smooth and communicative six speed manual transmission. Steering and suspension are tight and harsh, respectively, but trust us; it’s just the way you want a hot hatch to be.
Inside, Recaro seats provide great support and ergonomics, though extended cruising can get a tad uncomfortable. There’s a nicely designed steering wheel, and even color ambient lighting…
This car does just about everything right, even fuel economy: we were right on with the estimated 29 Combined MPG. The only hesitation comes from our staffers with families; there is a lack of space, and indeed things can get cramped inside. Oh well, there’s always the Focus ST!
On sale now, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST starts around $22,000.
Engine: 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbo 4
Price: Starts around $22,000