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Editor's Overview

Lots of features, lots of value, and in candy colors, the 2015 Ford Fiesta is in the elite of the subcompact market, competing successfully with segment leaders like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Its slick European looks, excellent fuel economy – especially with the new 3-cylinder engine – and fun-to-drive nature are all part of the package.

You'll Like The 2015 Ford Fiesta If...

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.

You May Not Like The 2015 Ford Fiesta If...

If you put a higher value on interior room and flexibility – not to mention resale value – then the Honda Fit may be a better solution. Also note that models like the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are also feature-laden, at a lower price.

What's New

With an all-new model on the horizon, the 2015 Ford Fiesta arrives with no changes for this year. The good news is that it's still fine, with a sporty ST model, a fuel-efficient 3-cylinder, and all the style and features you can pack into a subcompact.

Interior Features

While the Fiesta definitely has its substantive strengths, it leads with style. Ford's masterful interior styling and execution offer a number of interior choices. You can get white-on-black leather seats, contrasting seat piping, and even plum leather seating surfaces. You'll find soft-touch materials on the armrest, center-console lid and steering wheel, and you can order high-end options like heated front seats, push-button start and multi-color selectable ambient lighting. Navigation is now available on higher-trim models as part of Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Exterior Features

You can choose between a 4-door sedan or a fun and practical 5-door hatchback when you're selecting your 2015 Fiesta subcompact. Either way, you get a car blessed with strong styling that's distinctive without being overwrought. The Fiesta ST gets more aggressive style befitting its performance nature. The hatchback is positioned as the primary model, yet across the board you'll be hard-pressed to find cheap-looking trim like unpainted exterior panels. In fact, 17-inch wheels are available, as is a palette of bright candy colors.

Driving Impressions

Usually, manufacturers soften their European offerings for the U.S. market, but Ford left the Euro-tuned Fiesta just the way it was. The result is a small car that delivers a comfortable and controlled ride. But, when you push it through a curved onramp or twisting mountain road, the little Fiesta responds with surprising balance and communication. Three engines are available. The standard 120-hp 4-cylinder isn't very powerful, but it gets the job done. A 3-cylinder introduced last year offers excellent fuel economy and surprisingly smooth power delivery. On the other end of the spectrum is the Fiesta ST – with 197 horsepower and sport-tuned suspension and steering, there's nothing quite like it. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available on the standard engine, while the 3-cylinder and ST come only with manuals, 5- and 6- speeds, respectively.

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Ford Fiesta S sedan – the least expensive model available – will run you right about $15,000. Add about $500 to that for the hatchback. If you step up to the SE, you'll pay about $16,500 for the sedan and just under $17,000 for the hatch. Titanium models see a bigger jump in price: The Titanium sedan starts just over $19,000, while the hatchback is about $19,600. The 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine is a $995 option on SE models, while the high-performance Fiesta ST hatchback starts at a little over $22,000. Pricey? Maybe, but no competitor offers anything like the Fiesta ST. Even at lower levels, the Fiesta is generally better equipped than many of its competitors. Of course, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price for to gauge the best deal, and rest assured that the Fiesta to have good residual values, although a bit behind the Honda Fit.

Notable Equipment

The basic 2015 Ford Fiesta S sedan includes air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM sound setup with an auxiliary audio input jack and SYNC in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 5-speed manual transmission. It also gets the same fun-to-drive nature as the rest of the standard Fiesta lineup. All Fiestas also get electronic stability control and seven airbags, including a driver's-side knee airbag, a first for the category. This thoroughly modern base model does come with one anachronism however: manual roll-up windows. Remember those?

Notable Options

Small cars aren't always Spartan, as a fully-loaded 2015 Ford Fiesta Titanium shows. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, leather seats, a moonroof, keyless entry and start, and MyFord Touch with voice-controlled SYNC smart phone integration. There are steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, heated seats, satellite radio, and a trip computer. That’s a generous list for an economical subcompact. The new high-performance ST model offers a Recaro seating package that includes leather trim, seat heaters and heated outside mirrors. The Fuel Economy Package on SE models adds the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine for better fuel economy.

Favorite Features

SYNC

As voice-recognition technology becomes more commonplace, Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC audio and communications system continues to grow ever more robust and desirable.

ECOBOOST ENGINES

The Fiesta offers two different turbocharged engines: a 3-cylinder designed for maximum fuel economy, and a 4-cylinder designed for maximum fun. But as is usual with turbochargers, lead-footed real-world driving can run up fuel consumption.

Under the Hood

Ford seems to envision a 2015 Fiesta for every buyer. For mainstream audiences, there's the standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, with 120-horsepower and your choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-sipping crowd, a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission joined the lineup last year, putting out more horsepower and torque than the standard engine, but with considerably better fuel economy. If saving gasoline is the least of your concerns, a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual gearbox await you in the 197-horsepower Fiesta ST.

1.6-liter inline-4

120 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm

112 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 mpg (manual), 27/37 mpg (automatic), 28/38 mpg (automatic with SFE fuel-saving package)

1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3

123 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

125 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/43 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4

197 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

202 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg

Editors' Notes

The 2015 Ford Fiesta is part of the elite segment of the subcompact market that includes the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. Sailing into its last year before a full redesign, there aren't a lot of changes. That's OK, as we're smitten with its slick European looks, excellent fuel economy, and fun-to-drive nature. Extroverts can opt for wild exterior and interior colors and trims, while the more practical can opt for the security of a 4-door's trunk, or the versatility of a 5-door's hatchback body. The Fiesta's available in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels, or a hatchback-only high-performance ST. Then there's the available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford says gives the Fiesta the best non-hybrid fuel economy on the market.

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I love my Ford fiesta titanium! The most trouble free car I have ever owned!

2015 Ford Fiesta

I love my car! Unfortunately, 2018 is the last year Ford will offer the fiesta. If you can find a gently used fiesta, I couldn't give this car anything but my highest recommendation. I have has zero mechanical issues with my car. I have the titanium model, which is loaded. Leather seats, heated in the front, navigation system, Sirius radio ready, hands-free phone connectivity, bigger tires, mood lighting in the front seats (I kid you not!), of course electric windows, cruise control ( which I use all the time and can control with one finger on the steering wheel. The car feels like a little luxury car. One of the things I like best about my car is the headroom. Japanese cars just do not have enough headroom for me and feel very claustrophobic. But the best feature of my car by far is the keyless entry. As long as your key is in your pocket or purse close to the car, you merely have to push a button on the door handle to lock and unlock the doors. It is so fabulous not to have to fumble with keys when your arms are loaded down with packages and your dog is rushing to get in the car. And I love the brilliant blue color of my car. It kind of looks like this 🚙. I will pay off the loan on my car two years early next month, and I have a premium extended warranty until 60, 000 miles ( I do not even have 30, 000 miles on it now) or until 2020. You could say I am in the driver’s seat! I love this car. Highest recommendation.

- Janice B

Adequate for the price. . . Also available with mood lighting.

2015 Ford Fiesta

Apparently my Ford fiesta has been featured in a class action lawsuit due to issues with the transmission system. I have received notifications of this via post mail, but have not taken any action, as I do not believe that I qualify for compensation since I have not had any repairs done on my transmission. However, I definitely feel the issue on a regular basis with my vehicle, which includes a slight shuddering regularly while accelerating. I have not had the issue inspected by a mechanic yet, as I do not see it as a serious issue. The vehicle is fine for routine commuting, but it struggles in mountainous terrain (highway driving), since it does not have much power. The vehicle handles well. It has very limited trunk and back-seat leg room. The central control panel for radio, etc. seems hard to reach and easily operate while driving. Seats are comfortable for long drives. Side mirrors do not fold in, manually or otherwise, which is unfortunate.

- Leah B

The Ford Fiesta: Small but Mighty

2015 Ford Fiesta Titanium

The Ford Fiesta is great for people who like small cars and the ease of driving that comes with it. The car has run into some problems since purchase, there were some instances in which if I had not taken it in when I did, it would have shut down completely. However, as long as you are vigilant with making sure things are running as they should be, the car is very reliable. Driving it is easy and the steering is extremely effective. I have, on numerous occasions, commended the braking ability of the car when I have needed to come to a complete stop much faster than I have anticipated and avoided accident. The car is also pretty durable. It is a small car, so if an accident were to happen there is only so much one can do if it is a larger car, however, my car has endured an accident without a single scratch.

- Brenda C

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