In trying to come up with a full, detailed review of the 2014 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost SE sedan I found myself with a dilemma on my hands. After testing the compact sedan I could only think of one way to describe it – it’s a good car for a reasonable price. That’s it.
One-week vehicle loan was provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
2014 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost SE Review
There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the handling, steering, suspension, turning radius, or ride. It was all okay. The seats were fabric and the interior was simple, which was fine. The manual stick-shift performed as it should. Gas mileage was decent for a car of this size and transmission. Inclines are doable despite the small engine size. The dash display is ordinary.
Even the exterior design is like one huge understatement. When telling Munchkin which car to look for in the parking garage, I said it was the most boring of the boring-est cars. She found it right away. Of course, we happened to have a model that was plain silver with nondescript black fabric. To be fair, we did see a hatchback version in bright yellow and that did make the car look less invisible.
I hate to be so vague but that’s just how it is. We found the 2014 Ford Fiesta to be the best form of average that you can get for $16,000. That’s not a bad thing by any means. It’s just, well, kind of sad. If I had to describe the Fiesta as a participant at a party, it would be a wallflower or Sue Heck (from “The Middle”).
If anything, there are only two features that I can specifically point out that are anything by mediocre. First of all, the cockpit is very narrow and guys may have a hard time squishing their legs together like that all the time when driving. Second, it has pretty ambient lights in the cup holder, above the glove compartment (it reminds Frans of my LED gel nail dryer), and near your feet that you can change. There are your pros and cons right there…
2014 Ford Fiesta Excels at Not Excelling
If you are hoping to find a straight-forward, reliable vehicle for under $20K that you’ll use every day in your daily grind, the 2014 Ford Fiesta might be just what you need. If you want your driving experience to be any more exciting than a flat line, you may need to explore a different model.