Review: 2017 Ford Fiesta

Some drivers want to have the biggest vehicle on the road. Others don’t mind trading size for better handling and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Ford Fiesta, the seventh iteration on a model with a long history, is for those who fall firmly in the latter category. The subcompact, typically known to be the least expensive of Ford’s lineup, offers drivers what could be the best bang for their buck.

The Rundown

Quickly, here’s what you need to know about the Fiesta: Available in both manual and automatic transmissions, the Fiesta’s base model runs a 120 horsepower, 1.6-liter engine, which is capable of getting 27 city MPG and 35 highway MPG – some of the best fuel efficiency on the market. Interior-wise, it’s important to remember that the Fiesta is a subcompact, meaning that you’re not going to get the same space you would in a crossover or even a larger compact car. But, for those who can’t be bothered for extra cargo space, the Fiesta provides all you need to get from point A to point B.

Plenty of Models to Choose From

It wouldn’t be Ford without having a few options to choose from. The Fiesta comes in a variety of trim levels, with the most basic trim level, S, providing both the regular Fiesta sedan and a hatchback variant. Moving up the trim levels, drivers can choose flashier wheels and upgraded interior features that include heated seats, leather trim, and automatic temperature control. The highest model, the Fiesta ST, is a true beaut, with a turbocharged EcoBoost engine, a sixth gear, and sport suspension.

Technology Makes the Experience Better Than Ever

A radio and tape deck simply don’t cut it anymore, and Ford is looking toward the future, all while leaving the driver with plenty of options for interior entertainment. Every model comes standard with Ford’s SYNC dashboard technology, giving drivers the ability to make calls and use voice controls to control their entertainment. However, options allow for an upgrade to SYNC 3, the latest version of the technology. SYNC 3 is a total refresh of the system, and it even allows for compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So, whatever phone you happen to use, you’ll be able to use it in tandem with your car for a truly seamless experience.

Ford Safety You Expect

The Ford Fiesta comes packed with safety features, like a driver knee airbag and side curtain airbags. But how does it stack up in safety ratings? Year after year, Ford vehicles are rated among the top in their class in terms of safety. 2017 is no different, and the newest Fiesta has received great marks for its crash test performance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Fiesta with a four-star rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it perfect scores in four out of five categories.

Overall, the Fiesta shows much of what Ford has to offer, at a price point that’s agreeable to anyone who’s in the market for a new vehicle. The perfect blend between utility, comfort, technology, and safety, the Fiesta is a great entry into the Ford family. And if you’re already a member, it’s a solid upgrade that’s sure not to disappoint.

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