Ford has provided some exciting updates for the 2014 Fiesta. As the smallest vehicle in the Ford lineup, the Fiesta often gets overshadowed – literally – by vehicles like the Focus, the Escape, and the Explorer. For 2014, though, there are a number of new features available, some of which are exclusive to the Fiesta.
This article will detail the upgrades to the Ford Fiesta between the 2013 and 2014 model years. This article will not cover the 2014 Fiesta ST, which is the sportier version of the Fiesta (bigger engine, sport-tuned suspension, etc). We’ll cover the Fiesta ST in a later article, since its an entirely different beast.
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1.0L EcoBoost Engine
This is a very exciting development for the 2014 Ford Fiesta. Ford introduced the 1.0L EcoBoost engine in Europe a couple of years ago, but this is the first vehicle that will have it as an option here in the Americas. This is a 3-cylinder, turbo-charged, direct-injection gasoline engine, which actually delivers more power and torque than the standard 1.6L Ti-VCT Engine. What this means is that you’ll get more bang for your buck – the 1.0L EcoBoost delivers as much power as a 1.6L, but barely sips gasoline.
1.6L Ti-VCT I-4 (Standard)
- 120 Horsepower @ 6350 RPM
- 112 lb-ft of Torque @ 5000 RPM
- EPA Estimated Fuel Economy:
- 27 MPG City / 38 MPG Highway / 31 MPG Combined (Manual)
- 29 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway / 32 MPG Combined (Automatic)
- 30 MPG City / 41 MPG Highway / 34 MPG Combined (Automatic with Super Fuel Economy Package)
1.0L EcoBoost I-3 (Optional on SE)
- 123 Horsepower @ 1400-4500 RPM
- 148 lb-ft of Torque @ 1400-4000 RPM
- EPA Estimated Fuel Economy:
- TBD – Ford hasn’t announced these numbers (as of July 31, 2013), but promises upwards of 40+ MPG Highway, possibly in the 45+ MPG range.
The 1.0L EcoBoost is paired exclusively with a 5-speed manual transmission, so if you’re not comfortable driving a manual transmission, the 1.6L Ti-VCT will be the preferred option, since you can get it with the PowerShift 6-speed Automatic Transmission.
[Side note: Another improvement this year is that the available PowerShift 6-speed Automatic transmission mentioned above comes with SelectShift capability, which allows you to use the transmission either as a normal automatic or as a shiftable automatic, using a button on the shift knob.]
The 1.0L EcoBoost engine will be showing up later this fall.
Safety and Performance
The two main improvements in Safety and Performance for the 2014 Ford Fiesta are:
- The MyKey system is now standard on the SE and Titanium trim levels. (Alas, it is not even available as an option on the S (base) trim level – probably in an effort to keep the pricing of the Fiesta competitive with some of its low-end would-be competition).
- Torque Vectoring Control has been added to the Fiesta. This system used the vehicle braking system to deliver the effect of a limited-slip differential without the complexity or added weight. In cornering situations, it will apply braking to the inside front wheel, effectively delivering more torque to the outside front wheel, which helps to balance the distribution of engine torque to the blah blah blah blah. Bottom line: It makes it more fun to drive.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta still maintains the rest of its security features from previous model years, including the seven standard airbags, as well as the
Technology and Convenience
There are a number of technology upgrades that the 2014 Fiesta received, as well as a number of changes in comfort and convenience packages.
First, the 6.5-inch gorilla in the room: For the first time, the MyFord Touch system is now available on the Fiesta. It comes standard on the Titanium trim level, and optional on the SE. This system is paired with the SYNC Handsfree voice control system (which is standard on all trim levels of the 2014 Fiesta). It comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen mounted in the center console, and can have a voice activated Navigation system with Sirius XM Traffic and Sirius XM Travel Link services added to it as well. If you had SYNC on a previous model year Ford, you’ll notice that it has gotten its own internal improvements – there are now more options for voice commands, as well as increased command recognition ability and improved echo cancellation during phone calls.
Part of the MyFord Touch system is the Media Hub, which includes a CD Player, Aux in, 2x USB Ports and an SD Card Reader. WIthout the MyFord Touch System, you just get the aux in and 1x USB Port.
The audio systems have been upgraded as well. The two options are now:
- 6-speaker, 80-watt Audio (Standard on S and SE)
- Audio System from Sony, 8-speakers, 140-watts, with HD Radio and Sirius XM Radio (Standard on Titanium)
In addition, Sirius XM Radio is available on the SE Trim level, without the Sony Audio or HD Radio.
A Reverse Sensing System and Rear View Camera have been added to the Fiesta, and come as standard features on the Titanium trim level.
A couple of packages have been deleted, like the “Convenience Package” and the “Moon and Mood” Package (although a power moonroof and ambient lighting are still available on the SE and Titanium trim levels). A package has been added in their place though: The “Comfort” Package, available on the SE, which includes Heated Exterior Mirrors, Heated Front Seats, and Automatic Temperature control. This will let you have a couple of the more comfortable features on the Titanium trim level without getting (and paying for) everything else that comes with the Titanium.
A couple of other changes to mention (nothing to really write home about):
- Automatic Headlamps with wiper activation are standard on SE and Titanium
- Illuminated Glove Compartment
- Rear Compartment Lighting (Hatchback)
- Electronic Automatic Temperature control, standard on Titanium, optional on SE as part of the aforementioned “Comfort” Package.
Design and Styling
There are a couple of significant changes between the design of the 2013 Fiesta and the 2014 Fiesta, particularly the upgraded exterior design. Here’s a big list of the changes, inside and out:
- New Front Fascia
- New Grille
- New Headlamps
- New Hood
- New Rear Spoiler (Hatchback)
- New Tail Lamps
- New Wheel Designs
- Revised Seating Colors
- Charcoal Black
- Medium Light Stone
- New Exterior Colors Available
- Green Envy Metallic Tri-coat
- Performance Blue Metallic
- Storm Gray Metallic
- Exterior Colors No longer available in 2014
- Lime Squeeze Metallic
- Violet Gray Metallic
- Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-coat
- Ice Blue Backlighting of the Instrument Cluster
There have also been a couple of changes with the available appearance packages. These three have been removed from the available options on the Fiesta:
- Black Sport Appearance Package
- Interior Style Package – Arctic White
- Interior Style Package – Race Red
This one has been added to replace it: the “SE Appearance Package”, available on (you guessed it) the SE Trim level. It includes:
- 16″ Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
- Cloth seats with reverse silver or red accent stitching
- Driver Manual Lumbar Control
- Fog Lamps with Chrome Bezel
- Full Size Aluminum Spare Wheel
- Leather Wrapped Shift Knob with Metallic Insert
- Rear Decklid Spoiler (Sedan only)
- Sirius XM Radio
- SYNC with MyFord Touch
Whew! That’s quite a list of changes! All in all, the 2014 Ford Fiesta has jumped into the ring as a major player in the sub-compact car market, and is definitely positioned to be a strong competitor.
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