2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost: Tiny Little Engine, Lots of Gusto [First Impression]

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost

The 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost is all about fuel economy with its tiny little 3-cylinder engine, but don’t go thinking that driving this economy car feels like driving an economy car. The Fiesta has the little engine that could hiding under its hood and it’s got plenty of gusto to keep you smiling.

This is clearly a car for those who are focused on fuel economy. It rates 31/43/36 city/highway/combined which makes it ideal for long commutes. Your only transmission choice is a 5-speed manual, so depending on the amount of stop and go traffic you experience every day, this could be a challenge. On the plus side, it’s smooth shifting with a nice easy clutch so you won’t have to work too hard. This is an economy car, not a sports car.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a stretch of open road on that commute, then you’re going to be very happy with how well the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost performs because you would swear there’s something else under that little hood. It accelerates well and if you hold the gears a bit longer, you get some impressive passing power for merging into highway traffic. That power amounts to 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 RPM so this car knows how to get out of its own way.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost takes the idea of driving a small 3-cylinder car, turns it on its head, shakes it around, and sets it back down on the ground with as a fuel efficient compact that drives above its pay grade.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.