The 2014 Ford Fiesta will return 32 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined when equipped with its 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine, according to EPA testing. That makes it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, non-diesel car, in terms of highway mileage, on sale in the U.S. today.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta is the first American-market car to use the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that has been on sale in Europe for some time. Available only with a six-speed manual transmission, the engine is rated for 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, although an overboost function can provide 145 lb-ft for 15-second bursts. The tiny three-cylinder engine was named International Engine of the Year in June.
The EcoBoost engine significantly improves on the fuel economy of other versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta, which use a 1.6-liter inline-four engine rated for 120 hp and 112 lb-ft. With the optional Super Fuel Economy package and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 2014 Ford Fiesta returns up to 30/41 mpg (city/highway). Models without the SFE package return 29/39 mpg, whether equipped with the automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is only available on 2014 Ford Fiesta SE models, and costs $995. The package also features a trunklid spoiler for sedans, an EcoBoost badge, and 15-inch steel wheels. Pricing for the standard 2014 Ford Fiesta SE sedan starts at $16,245, including destination, while an SE hatchback costs $16,845.
Although the regular 2014 Ford Fiesta is already on sale, Ford doesn't yet have a firm date for when the EcoBoost model will be available. However, a spokesman told us that the fuel-saving model will be on dealer lots before the end of 2013.