Ford has released fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Fiesta ST, stating that the subcompact hot hatch will return an estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. That puts the machine just behind its main competitor, the Fiat 500 Abarth, in terms of efficiency. The 500 Abarth yields 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway for 31 mpg combined, but falls short of the Fiesta ST on power. The Fiesta ST serves up 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque compared to the 160 hp and 170 lb-ft available in the Abarth.

Still, as Ford pointed out in an email to Autoblog, the Fiesta ST delivers considerably more cargo capacity at 15 cubic feet in hatchback configuration, while the 500 Abarth serves up just 9.5 cubes. What's more, the US-spec Fiesta ST will be offered as a five-door hatchback, with considerably more rear seat room for people and things.

When asked, a Ford spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that these numbers are the result of testing done by the automaker, not the EPA itself. The 26/35/29 ratings what Ford has submitted to the EPA for certification, and if the EPA wants to re-test, it can. (This is all standard operating procedure on the path to EPA ratings.)


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      Jabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this with premium fuel or regular fuel? I would guess regular, but I'm not certain.
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jabbit
        ....87 octane acceptable/ 91 octane recommended for the Fiat, Focus ST premium only....
      Danny Blaney
      • 1 Year Ago
      The really need to sell the 3 door here. I hate the blind spots on the 5 door variants as the pillar is right next to your head. The back seats are small anyway and are likely rarely used.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh my god, how stupid are you? This isn't meant to be fuel efficient you twit.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        ok, please post 0-60 numbers, skidpad, fun to drive numbers for the Terrain, but before you do, Google the Terrains competitors.......
        thisistheemailiuseforcommenting
        This car was not designed specifically for fuel economy enthusiasts. If you want that get a non-ST Fiesta. Also, the best numbers I can find for a Terrain is 22/32/26. Soooooo...your comment confuses me.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thisistheemailiuseforcommenting
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        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        And no Terrain gets anywhere close to EPA numbers in the real world. And what a BORING vehicle you would be shackled with; the ST would be a hoot all day long.
        MacProMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        inflated numbers on the terrain i have heard, guess you must be an owner eh?
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          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          Find ONE owner who gets 32MPG. Laughable at best.
          Tourian
          • 1 Year Ago
          2wd Terrain 4 cylinder gets 32mpg on the highway.
          Tourian
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm just correcting him to what it says on the website, sport. We are comparing manufacturers claims here.
      carlotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that's Ford's numbers then real world is 30% lower.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carlotta
        Prove that figure right now or shut up. Lets see some links from a scientific test backing up your BS.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carlotta
        There is an idiot born every minute. People do not drive in the conditions or the cycles that the EPA tests. MPG estimates are just to give an apples to apples comparison of two vehicles IF they were driven in the exact same environment and cycle. Add in weather, hills, differences in drivers, fuel and a million other variables and there you go. I get 20% OVER EPA estimates, should I also complain?
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carlotta
        To be fair, it's really only their hybrids that can't meet the fuel economy figures. Their non-hybrid vehicles perform as expected.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cute car, but hate the name. Sounds like a Taco Bell value meal. Yes I know Ford has historic ties to its name, but its a bad one.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        How can anyone actually dig the name besides Taco Bell management?
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this standard EPA, or Ford EPA? :D
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, pretty mediocre for such a small car.
        disngaj
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Typical comment from the Greenie.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @disngaj
          actually Spec, no hes not...this is the performance variant NOT the economy version........
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        It's fine for a small car leaning towards performance instead of efficiency, not every small car has to hit 40mpg, they have another Fiesta for that.
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        ....define mediocre....
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @theautojunkie
          Sorry, I know those 4 syllable words can be hard sometimes. me·di·o·cre /ˌmēdēˈōkər/ Adjective: Of only moderate quality; not very good: "a mediocre actor". Synonyms: middling - moderate - indifferent - ordinary - mean
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do the same mpg with my Chrysler neon 5 speeds.
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        how much hp does it have???
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrueDat
          Depends on how many stickers, stick on pep boys trim pieces and differently colored panels are on it.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Said Neon made 130hp and lb-ft of torque (assuming non-ACR, because ACRs didn't get nearly that good of mileage). This makes 50% more power and torque and has buckets of equipment that the Neon never dreamed about, all while having safety ratings literally more than twice as good as the Neon. The 89 CRX HF I used to own got close to 50 mpg. It also had 80 hp, no amenities besides AC, and would offer about as much protection as a heavy rain coat in a crash with a large SUV. For the day and age, that's very good mileage when the level of power is taken into consideration.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
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        @goodoldgorr
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      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad the reliability rating on the lesser models of the Fiesta is terrible ! Were these made by Taco Bell too ? Ford is not doing a very good job of quality control & the whole new model line is suffering or should I say those that bought the Fiesta / Focus are suffering from the defects ! Wonderful reviews initially about the handling / driving. Those who have bought these cars are not so happy ! Ford needs the quality issues to be fixed or they will lose the customers they have gotten by good press ! Nobody likes to take a NEW CAR back to the dealer for repairs ! SEE the Focusfanatics.com to see the issues that have plagued the Focus. The Fiesta is just as bad !!!! The quality of these cars is more like a quality control Siesta !!!
        yyz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I find your excessive use of exclamation points offensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I went to Focusfanatics.com and found 2 prevailing problems mentioned there. 1) Auto trans has problems. Numerous people have had problems with the DCT tranny. One started with the car at 50 miles. Of course other people have had no problems with it at all. So its a 50/50 chance of getting a crappy trans. 2) MyFordTouch. Self explanatory. We have heard of these problems numerous times and they are not a surprise for the Focus. But this site is for the Focus, not the Fiesta. Do you have any other evidence that the Fiestas are horrible cars besides the tranny?
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          It is important to note that a complaint does not equate to a problem. I have a friend who returned a Volvo S60 because he did not like the noise that it made when the hill holder released. He said that it was unsafe because no other car he ever owned did that. Sometimes, it is not the car, it is what people are used to. If it is different, they see it as a problem...whether or not it operates as designed.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Greg: The Fiesta does currently offer a turbo engine, so I am not sure how people could be complaining about it.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Ford has had a ton of problems with panel fit with many people needing doors, hatches to be adjusted. They've also suffered many problems with their turbo engines, but obviously we don't know yet if this car will have that problem.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        The ONLY problem of note with the Fiesta is the DCT is kind of balky and strange at low speeds. The ST will obviously not have that problem.
          al4gg10
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          The interior panels falling off their mounts in places / steering complaints especially when entering the highway at speed ... doesn't anybody read the Owners complaints ? Of course I knew the Blue Oval coolaid is rampant on these Auto Blog pages .... see no evil / hear no evil ! Exclamation point to infinity yyz !!!
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        BS.....you may wish to back that comment up....I have TWO, yes TWO, and neither has had a single isssue, zilch, nada...NOTHING, and ones a stick and ones an auto....as my stepdaughter says, the Automatic is \"different\" its an auto that thinks its a manual...issues...NONE....cars have been perfest for their 40000 miles each....well, the sync lady is frustrating sometimes...IF, per chance you are referring to blogs, remember this, google ANY car with the word issues....interesting isnt it that people post complaints but nothing positive....so for you to base an opinion on \"squeeky wheels\" is fundamentally flawed, AND in-accurate.....there is a larger % of happy people than those not...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          al4gg10
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Dean, you must be the luckiest owner of Ford vehicles ever !!! The blue oval putting out Fiesta STs when the base version is riddled with problems is really putting the horse before the carriage !!! Just asking for Bigger problems with a platform that is shaky to say the least !!! Now amplify the the horsepower & really crank out those problems !!! I really wanted to believe that Ford was coming out with much better cars ..... but the OWNERS say something much different !!! Of course if you are drinking the blue oval moonshine I can understand your enthusiasm plus the blindness to any problems !!!
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          wrong, I would tell you if I had had issues, and I would NOT of purchased a second one......Ford has had its issues with certain vehicles i would be happy to share with you that I ABSOLUTELY would NOT recommend...certain diesels come to mind....and a few others....being involved with a certain brand does not distill honesty WMB....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          well, I drink alcohol, I dont smoke it....lol..........
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          ahhh, you even state a fact to underline my point....OLD NEWS....anything more current than March 2011?.........also, dude, its a tad creepy that youve taken the time to become Mr Detective and research yours truly in stalker fashion......seriously, even thiugh i dont hide behind a stage name, thats just a tad weird.....irrespective, being in the business, and being hands on, with various maks and models, gives a tad more creedence to an opinion than someone utilizing blog sites as \"factual\"....if you want my full background, including land Rover, Aston, lotus, Ferrari, Jaguar and of course Ford you are welcome to PM me, Im quite sure you probably know that as well, photographs are request only....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          actually WMB, as much as I am ashamed to say it, initially, the techs had absolutely zero idea on how to work on the trans let alone fix it...sad, but true, so the two days on a 2012 doesnt surprize me, customer has every right to complain there...if I had had the same experience I would be screaming as well. I dont think fords the only one that has teething issues upon release, hell, everytime a new car is released something comes up 6 months after launch. cars have gotten overly complex IMO, and its tough on the techs out back to grasp, at least initially. However, barring initila teething problems with the DCTs on the fiesta and Focii, sailing is pretty smooth of late....and if you are anything to do with diagnosing issues that require a reflash, you have earned my utmost respect...to diagnose an issue and supply a Flash fix, cannot be a simple task...cudos.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          PPS....sadly if you are anything to do with vehicles ECUs it seems thats where 99% of any issues lies, the DCT received a TSB that invlived a re-flash, same with the initial overheating issues with the 1.6 in Escapes, hard trans shifts in the F-150, I could go on, a reflash seems to be the current cure all....crazy the power these black boxes have....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          al4gg10....exactly WHAT issues?....like I said, back it up...for want of better words due to dis-respectful overtones...put up or shut up. And before you quote an aforementioned \"complaint blog\", ask yourself this...how many HAPPY people group together to form a blog?....I can say first hand, and after owning two.....the drivetrains are fine....only complaints I hear are the characteristics of the transmission, it is NOT a slush box and has some curious tendencies....however ( and I diont doubt there may be individuals that have had issues ) Ive yet to witness ANY catastrophic breakdowns...NONE....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          crap...did we just semi smoke a peace pipe?......gotta be a reflash for that...lol....cheers. Dean
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Ive had two reflashes, one on the 5 speed ( synch update ) and one on the Auto for shifting, even though it felt fine, and they did it when she was haveing an oil change....thats it, nothing else....cars have been rock solid, and I would recommend them in a heartbeat....have sold several friiends as well....only comments have been the transmission isnt what Im used too....then I tell em to leave it in L and go have some fun.........
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          would you like me to explain dry clutches to you....hey, mine does the odd rattle as well, its not really a big deal if one knows its a characteristic of the trans. Theres also been some reflashes to assist with the \"shudders\"...neither of these is even REMOTELY catastrophic, but I DO understand people thinking there ARE issues due to the fact it operates differently to what peiople are used too.....do we agree there?.....( and yes, initially there were some replacements, but NOT now or for some time ) Im not ignoring facts at all, heres one....MOST owners are extremely happy, Im and owner, ZERO problems, so guess what, you WONT find me complaining....if Id have had issues I would share them, but apparently because I havent had any, in your opinion my OWNERSHIP experience is null and void....since apparently working on computers gives one insight....sorry, we will once again agree to dis-agree....PS, have you actually driven one?....if so then YES, you would understand the trans operates differently.....
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          @Dean Hammond
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          @Dean Hammond
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      wsbfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      No 3-door = no sale.
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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see a "tier 1" sport compact comparo somewhere. Fiesta ST vs Civic Si vs Veloster Turbo vs Beetle Turbo vs 500 Abarth vs Cooper S vs BRZ vs Miata.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        fun for sure, but if you are including the Civic, Veloster and bettle in there they are a class larger.....in which case add the Focus ST..........
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I don't think you get my concept of "tiers" Tier 1: Aforementioned cars. MSRP from $20k to $25k. 150-220 hp. 0-60 in 7.5 to 6 seconds. Tier 2. WRX, Golf R, ST, MS3, Verano Turbo(to an extent), Megane RS (for European comparos), upcoming Dart SRT4. MSRP from $24k to $34 k. 230-270 hp. 0-60 between 5.0 and 6.0 Tier 3. STi, Evo, BMW 135i, upcoming Focus RS. MSRP from $35k to $45 k. 0-60 between 4.5 and 5.0. Around 300 hp. Tier 4(this one is much newer). RS3, TT RS, CLA45 AMG, 1M, upcoming M2. MSRP $50-60k. 0-60 under 4.4 seconds. >330 hp.
        Shawn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Veloster Turbo? Really?
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          Why not?
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          well someone has to be last...........
          Shawn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          Justin Campanale Because the Hyundai is not a performance car. It's like most Korean cars...a poser. Econo car with a flashy body stuck onto a numb and flexible chassis to fool trashy Americans into buying them. The ST will decimate the Hyundai in any metric.
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          Comment cut off Also, I wouldn't be too sure about the ST "decimating" the VT. The Focus ST falls flat performance-wise next to the WRX, Golf R, and MS3.
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          None of the aforementioned cars besides the Miata and BRZ are performance cars-they are mostly tarted up economy cars with sporty suspensions and higher powered engines. My rankings, from first to last, would be: BRZ Cooper S Miata Veloster Turbo 500 Abarth Beetle Turbo Civic Si Also, I wouldn't be too
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