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Editor's Overview

The Fiesta is Ford's smallest and least expensive car, a subcompact sedan or hatchback that competes with rivals like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Sonic. Despite its entry-level status and sub-$16,000 starting price, the Fiesta brings efficiency, good looks and robust technology to the table.

You'll Like The 2016 Ford Fiesta If...

If you're looking for an inexpensive yet stylish, functional and fuel-efficient subcompact from a domestic automaker, the Ford Fiesta checks all the right boxes. The 2016 Ford Fiesta ST, meanwhile, is among the few and proud performance-oriented subcompacts.

You May Not Like The 2016 Ford Fiesta If...

If maximum cargo space and higher resale value are greater priorities, you may be more interested in the Honda Fit. If value pricing and a long warranty are what you're seeking, check out the Kia Rio, which starts under $15,000 and offers 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

What's New

The big news for the 2016 Ford Fiesta is the availability of Sync 3. This makes the Fiesta among the first of Ford's vehicles to receive the latest – and much better – touch-based infotainment system. Remote keyless entry becomes standard; ditto, a perimeter alarm and two USB charging ports.

Interior Features

As either a sedan or hatchback, the 2016 Ford Fiesta offers seating for five. It should come as no surprise, however, that rear-seat legroom is cramped in this subcompact. With over 25 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, the Fiesta hatchback is impressively roomy. All sedans also have 60/40-folding rear seats to accommodate larger items. Lower-trim models are rather Spartan affairs with basic but easy-to-use controls. If you're willing to spend more, you can be treated to white-on-black leather seats, contrasting seat piping, ambient lighting and push-button start.

Exterior Features

As either a traditional 4-door sedan or a practical 5-door hatchback, the 2016 Ford Fiesta wears a stylish and distinctive suit. In addition to swallowing more cargo, the hatchback offers better proportions, at least to our eyes. The Fiesta ST is endowed with 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. In addition to bright colors across all but the base S trim level, new for 2016 is the SE Black Package with darkened wheels, exterior mirror housings and other treatments.

Driving Impressions

Automakers often soften their European-based cars for the U.S. market, but thankfully that isn't the case for the Fiesta. The result is a car that, despite its small size, is comfortable and controlled. The bonus is, when you push the Fiesta on that curved onramp or sweeping road, it responds with surprising balance, communication and grip. And if you like that sort of thing, you'll respond with a smile. Of the three powerplants offered, the standard 120-horsepower 4-cylinder is adequate. The newer turbocharged 3-cylinder is an efficiency champ that also grants surprisingly smooth power delivery. Then there's the performance-oriented Fiesta ST. With 197 horsepower and sport-tuned suspension and steering, it's the clear athlete of the group. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available on the standard engine, while the 3-cylinder and the ST come only with manuals, 5- and 6-speeds, respectively.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Ford Fiesta S sedan – the least expensive model – has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $15,455. Unless the lowest price is of highest concern, we recommend at least stepping up to the mid-trim Fiesta SE, which begins at a still-reasonable $16,685. A top-line Fiesta Titanium bows at $19,405. Opting for the hatchback version of any of these three trims is $300 more. The hatchback-only Fiesta ST begins at $22,335. Stuff a 2016 Fiesta with options, and you're looking at a low- to mid-$20,000 subcompact. This is in line with competitors such as the Chevrolet Sonic and Honda Fit. Undercutting the Fiesta's starting price are the Nissan Versa Note, Kia Rio and Mitsubishi Mirage. Before buying, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Fiesta's residual value has traditionally been about average, but lagged the leading Honda Fit.

Notable Equipment

Even in its least expensive form as the Fiesta S sedan, Ford's small economy car includes air conditioning, 4-speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input, Sync AppLink that works with smartphones, dual USB inputs and keyless entry. You will, however, still have to crank your own windows. SE models add cruise control, power windows and the MyKey system that lets you set driving parameters, such as limiting top speed – a good idea for households with younger drivers. Top-line Titanium trims include rearview camera with reverse-sensing system, Sony premium audio, leather seating (heated in front), automatic climate control and the latest Sync system.

Notable Options

Popular options for the 2016 Fiesta include the Sync infotainment system, navigation, power moonroof, heated front seats, satellite radio where available, and automatic transmission. The potent Fiesta ST hatchback can be made racier with hood stripes and Recaro seats. Wheels ranging up to 17 inches are also available. The Fuel Economy Package on SE models adds the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine for better fuel efficiency.

Favorite Features

SYNC 3

The 2016 Fiesta is among the first Fords to get the latest and greatest version of the Sync infotainment system. It’s much better than the outgoing one. Where that previous system was marred by too-small alphanumerics and latent response, Sync 3 and its 6.5-inch touch screen are faster and easier to operate.

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

Three engines are available for the 2016 Ford Fiesta. The standard powerplant, and the one that will be the best choice for the majority of buyers, is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower and offers a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-sipping crowd, there's a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo with a 5-speed manual transmission. It puts out more horsepower and torque than the standard engine yet achieves 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. All Fiestas are front-wheel drive (FWD).

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 Fiesta is Ford's smallest and least expensive car, a subcompact that competes with rivals like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Sonic. Despite its entry-level status and sub-$16,000 starting price, the Fiesta brings efficiency, good looks and robust technology to the table. In addition to the sedan, a 5-door hatchback version increases the Fiesta's cargo flexibility, while the hopped-up Fiesta ST packs a surprising punch thanks to a turbocharged engine boasting nearly 200 horsepower. If fuel economy is of higher concern, the 2016 Fiesta can achieve up to 43 mpg with an optional turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. The Fiesta is due for a refresh soon, but even five years into its current generation, this small sedan and hatchback offer much to like.

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Loving my fiesta! Great features!

2016 Ford Fiesta S

I love my fiesta. It has the sync system that is really helpful to be hands free when driving. I was disappointed to find out that they took the vehicle diagnostic report feature away. Summer in Texas Is always very hot but I have the greatest a/c! It's so cold at times. I have to turn the temperature down. And the heater is amazing as well. If I need the heater in The winter I usually have it on the lowest setting and I am still sweating! But I wouldn't change it at all. It has great gas mileage as well. I can fill my tank with twenty bucks! And I only have to fill up once a month, but I don't drive everyday either, mostly anyway. When I was driving from outside the DFW area in to DFW on a weekly basis about twice a week I did a lot of miles I can't be specified because I don't recall how many miles I would go each time. Maybe about some odd forty fifty miles a trip. I was only filling up with gas twice a month. Which was forty dollars in gas a month! Which is great when you're on a budget. I like how fast it accelerates. It feels like a big 'ole sports car! I can keep up with traffic fairly well even though it's a little bitty car.

- Paula C

Best front-drive hot hatch ever built

2016 Ford Fiesta ST

The most fun front wheel drive car I have ever owned or driven. It's a true hot hatch and has excellent handling, acceleration and all around performance. It's also a fantastic value. The Recaro seats are a must have option and are as good as the seats in any sports or supercar. Had some issues with the temperature controller for A/C and heater since the day I picked it up brand new at the dealer but was fixed under warranty. No issues since then. Just like any other performance car, it wears out it's tires in 25-30K miles! But the traction and handling makes it worth every penny. There are some software gremlins in its entertainment and GPS system every once in a while but just like a computer, restarting it gets rid of it. I absolutely love the Fiesta ST. I wish the new version would be sold here in the States.

- William G

Ford Fiesta is not the party you were promised

2016 Ford Fiesta S

The Ford Fiesta has had significant issues within the first 36,000 miles. The air conditioner quit working with both the compressor and several valves failing. Fuses have blown on a regular basis. In addition various lights have quit working within the short time I have owned it. The car will periodically have a foul odor that fills the interior. The odor typically occurs when it has rained. The stereo system has various features that are designed make it easier to listen to music from your mobile device but they do not allow for independent control thus forcing you to listen to songs multiple times or to reconnect your phone. While the car does handle well, the positives to date do not outweigh the negatives.

- James D

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