2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: The ‘Fish’ Cheer/Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Drive

2014 Ford Fiesta ST, price and key specifications as tested
Body style/layout: 5-door, front engine/front-wheel drive
Base price: $21,400 plus $825 destination
Price as tested: $24,220 with Recaro seating, destination

Engine
* Type: 1.6 liter 16-valve DOHC turbocharged inline 4
* Displacement, cc: 1596
* Block/head material: aluminum/aluminum
* Compression ratio: 10.0:1
* Horsepower: 197 @ 6350 rpm
* Torque: 202 @ 4200 rpm
* Recommended fuel: premium unleaded
* Fuel economy, EPA est.: 26/35/29 mpg city/highway/combined
* Fuel economy, observed:  23.1 miles per gallon in combination of (quick) in-town and (fast) freeway driving (we’ll try and do better next time…)

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Chassis/Suspension
* Suspension, front/rear: MacPherson strut / twist beam with coils and gas-charged struts
* Wheels: 17-inch cast aluminum
* Tires: 205/40WR17 summer compound
* Brakes: 4-wheel disc; 10.95-inch dia. front/9.96-inch dia. rear
* Steering: Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion
* Turning circle: 35.5 ft.

Dimensions
* Wheelbase: 98 inches
* Length: 160.1 inches
* Height: 57.2 inches
* Width: 67.8 inches
* Curb weight: 2,742 lbs
* Trunk volume: 10.1 cubic feet/25.4 cubic feet with rear seat folded
* Fuel tank: 12.4 gal.

Safety
* Airbags: Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Dual-Stage Airbags, Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags
* Anti-lock brakes: Yes  Traction control: Yes  Stability control: Yes

Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance