2014 Ford Fiesta at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent
  • Looks like: Ford loaned some of the Fusion’s new looks to the Fiesta
  • Drivetrain: New 123-hp, turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine
  • Hits dealerships: Next year

Ford’s smallest car is updated for 2014, and the star of the new Fiesta is under the hood: A turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine makes its U.S debut. The subcompact also gets revised styling and more available features like the MyFord Touch multimedia system.

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Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles return for 2014. Both versions wear a restyled grille with more chrome, borrowing the look from larger sibling, the Fusion, which was redesigned for 2013.

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S, SE, Titanium trim levels are again available and base models will continue to use the 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Inside, there’s a revised instrument panel, making room for the optional MyFord Touch multimedia system’s 6.5-inch touch-screen. It’s the first time Ford’s troubled system is available in the Fiesta. Ford says the Fiesta gets an updated version, however, with enhanced voice-control functionality.

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The 2014 Fiesta goes on sale next year.

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