Small engines and small cars go hand in hand, but the available direct-injected turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder in the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE is positively miniscule, dropping 0.6 liters displacement versus the standard four-cylinder engine. Its small size has the fuel economy ratings to match with EPA-rated 31/43/36 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the 1.6-liter SFE’s 28/38/32 mpg.
The EPA ratings are impressive for a non-hybrid, but ratings don’t mean much if they can’t be duplicated on real roads. Cars.com’s observed fuel economy over a few weeks of testing was right on par or higher than the Fiesta SFE 1.0-liter EcoBoost’s ratings.
Buyers can opt for the $995 EcoBoost three-cylinder in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Something you can’t opt for is an automatic transmission as the 1.0-liter only pairs with a five-speed manual transmission. Our hatchback test car with optional equipment, including the engine, Comfort Package with heated seats and auto climate control plus Ruby Red paint totaled $18,585 with destination charge.