Two years ago, all the test cars out there seemed to come in psychedelic peacock colors. Then last year it was grandmother white, or Diamond white even Rolls-Royce eggs Benedict white. This year, the hue of the moment seems to be swamp gray. All the cars are coming in gray-on-gray schemes that seem to be in honor of the elusive spring. So, where were we to take it but to the local swamp, where we confirmed that the water color is, in fact, a match. But we digress, and we only just started. Beneath the unassuming surface of the 2014 Ford Fiesta, you find a happy little surprise: the car claims up to 45 mpg, and it's fun, nimble, and quick. It feels like an old Ford Festiva (when they were new) wrapped up in a compact sedan package. It's actually pretty fabulous. You just can't tell from looking at it, but really! It's great!
Now, maybe we just love our small and nimble cars, but the engine of the Ford Fiesta really feels like the company could do something with it, like pump it up and put it in a sports car, if it added a little juice. The little four-door doesn’t have a ton of room inside, and even the deep trunk has a narrow opening, but all that compactness really comes out when you start driving. It’s really quick on the draw, good at getting up to speed in any situation, and has a super tight turning radius. Honestly! It’s actually a lot of fun, and 45 mpg without even a hybrid system.
Even cooler? All this zip starts at only $14,100, and it’s even more efficient and driveable with its manual transmission option. It even appears that you can get a nice navigation screen, Sony sound system, leather seats and the like in the little Fiesta, though our tester was appropriately somber for the season, as we hope we didn’t forget to mention. If you’re in the market for a small car, go check it out. The Fiesta’s fuel economy is actually best in class, and the car really is a lot of fun. Even in swamp water gray.
Lead Image via Laura K. Cowan