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2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Consumer Guide’s test Ford Fiesta ST arrived in Envy Green Metallic, with a bottom-line list price of $25,610.

Consumer Guide Test Drive2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 155

Fuel Used: 4.9 gallons

Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway

Fiesta EcoBoost 3-Cylinder

Consumer Guide’s 2014 Ford Fiesta arrived in hatchback guise and was equipped with the SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package. With the destination charge, our test car came to $18,585.

2014 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback with EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package

Dates tested: 7/17/2014-7/24/2014

Miles Driven: 316

Fuel Used: 10.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 30.4 mpg

EcoBoost 1.0

2014 Ford Fiesta

Ford introduced the 2014 version of its Fiesta subcompact at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. New features include two turbocharged EcoBoost engines and a new version of the MyFord Touch system.


3-cylinder vehicles

You already know the answer. Why would an automaker offer a car or truck with a 3-cylinder engine? Money. There are other reasons, but money is the primary motivator.

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks in Aspen White TriCoat/Super Black two-tone

Consumer Guide Automotive

Traditional subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are dying off in significant numbers in the U.S.—the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback were all dropped for 2021, and the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Prius C were discontinued for 2020. Subcompact crossover SUVs, however, are proliferating—and the entry-level end of the segment is essentially taking the place of subcompact cars.

Local Color: Unusual Paint Hues at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Check out our gallery of eye-catching colors seen at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Chicago Auto ShowTraditional auto shows are facing plenty of challenges these days, as manufacturer priorities shift and the new-vehicle marketplace evolves. One thing has stayed the same, though: an auto show offers an unparalleled opportunity to compare competitive cars back-to-back, and to “tire-kick” a broad range of vehicles in a short amount of time. For an auto journalist, these shows are also a great way to spot industry trends large and small.

What is EcoBoost?

The high-performance Taurus SHO was one of the first Ford vehicles to employ an EcoBoost engine.

There is a lot to be said for good automotive branding, especially good engine branding. One of the better recent efforts in this regard is Chrysler’s resurrection of the Hemi name, as applied to a new family of V8 engines that debuted for 2003.

New Car Colors

Check out our gallery of the most eye-catching colors at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

CAS 2018 logoThere’s no better place than an auto show to see a broad range of brand-new vehicles up close, and there’s also no better place to check out the latest trends in factory paint-color offerings. One of our Chicago Auto Show traditions is to scour the show floor on the hunt for interesting new or recently introduced colors—“double-take” hues that are more eye-catching that the usual whites, silvers, blacks, and grays (and, for that matter, straightforward fire-engine reds).

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited in Admiral Blue

2015 Audi Q52018 Hyundai Accent Limited

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles driven: 269

Fuel used: 10.1 gallons

GM LLR Vortec 3700, GM 5-Cylinder Engine

The LLR Vortec 3700 is one version of the only 5-cylinder engine General Motors has ever made available in the U.S.

Americans tend to enjoy their engine cylinder counts in even numbers. Engines of 4-, 6-, and 8 cylinders have powered an overwhelmingly large majority of the vehicles ever sold in the U.S, and for good reason.