Changes for the 2015 Ford Fiesta:
For 2015, Ford makes few changes its entry-level small car. Updated seat upholstery and lower body striping debuts, and 16-inch aluminum wheels are available with the SE Appearance Package. Magnetic Metallic is a new color for 2015.
The 2015 Fiesta is offered as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback in S, SE, or Titanium trim levels, while the performance-oriented Fiesta ST is available only as a hatchback.
Upgrade to the SE model for a nicer interior with ambient lighting, cruise control, power windows, remote keyless entry, and both MyKey and Sync AppLink technologies. This model also gets power mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators, and aluminum wheels.
Titanium models have leather upholstery, heated front seats and side mirrors, automatic climate control, and a MyFord Touch infotainment system with a premium sound system, HD Radio, and satellite radio. This model also has push-button engine starting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a reversing camera, and rear parking assist sensors. Chrome exterior trim, fog lights, and 16-inch polished aluminum wheels visually identify the Fiesta Titanium.
Performance-tuned Fiesta ST models include a more powerful turbocharged engine, sport suspension tuning, rear disc brakes, a 3-mode stability control system, and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in performance tires. Unique styling and trim, plus front sport seats, set this model apart, and a special sound symposer makes the ST model sound more aggressive. Every Fiesta ST buyer also gets one free day of performance driving instruction.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, except for the ST model. It is paired with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The optional turbocharged, 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine makes 123 horsepower and greater torque at a lower rpm while using less fuel. This “EcoBoost” engine comes only with a manual gearbox.
Fiesta ST models get a turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine making 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque, the majority of the latter offered across a broad portion of the rev range. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission choice.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA estimates that the Fiesta’s standard engine will average 31 mpg in combined driving, regardless of transmission choice. For the best fuel economy, pick the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which averages 36 mpg. Alternatively, swap efficiency for performance with the Fiesta ST, which should get 29 mpg.
The NHTSA gives the Fiesta a 4-star overall crash-test rating, mainly due to a 2-star, rear-seat, side-impact test result. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hadn’t rated the 2015 Fiesta as this summary was written, but last year this car received a “Good” overall rating except for a “Marginal” rating in the small overlap offset frontal-impact test.
Standard in all but the base Fiesta S, Ford’s MyKey technology allows parents to program speed warnings and limits, stereo volume limits, seat belt warnings, and stereo defeat until everyone aboard has their seat belts buckled. The optional MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation system features a 6.5-inch color touchscreen and Sync with AppLink technology.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 25, 2014
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