2017 Ford Fiesta review

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Ford Fiesta highlights

Customer rating


  • Nimble and agile
  • Refined cabin
  • Balanced handling


  • Automatic transmission not responsive enough
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Lacks driver-assistance features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 33 highway, 29 combined

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Balanced daily driver

Sporty handling and a welcoming interior with nice materials and plenty of standard features are among the most noteworthy qualities of the 2017 Ford Fiesta. On the inside, it has a functional cabin with numerous small-item storage options and wide, supportive seats. It comes with a stylish exterior on top of it, which is not always the case with subcompact daily drivers. Commendable engine power for a compact car that's not performance-oriented and a good manual transmission make the Fiesta fun to drive, too.

All Ford Fiesta years

What is new for the 2017 Ford Fiesta?

  • Fiesta trims have been upgraded with Power Seat(s), Automatic Transmission, Satellite Radio Ready, Bluetooth Technology, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Leatherette & Cloth features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2017 Ford Fiesta

1. Great option for city driving 

If you are looking for a car that can handle the challenges involved in driving in urban settings with lots of traffic and tight spaces, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a good option. It’s a nimble subcompact car, so you can navigate tight parking spots and narrow streets without a problem. 

2. Excellent engine options 

Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a standard 1.6L four-cylinder engine that balances performance with frugality. It’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission and generates 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. With this powertrain, the 2017 Fiesta goes from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, a respectable number for a subcompact car. The mileage the 2017 Ford Fiesta gets with this engine is an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.


3. Connectivity features 

To keep passengers connected and entertained while on the road, numerous tech features come standard on the 2017 Ford Fiesta. It has the Sync® infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, allowing you to control all your car's functions. Then, there is Bluetooth® connectivity and a USB port, along with a six-speaker stereo system. 

4. Refined interior 

In addition to the infotainment technology, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is equipped with a couple of amenities that raise the level of comfort even further. It comes with a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Also, there is standard air conditioning and remote keyless entry. 

5. Plenty of room for cargo 

On the utility side of things, the 2017 Ford Fiesta offers ample room for cargo in both the sedan and hatchback variants. The sedan comes with a 12.8-cu-ft trunk, which can easily accommodate a large suitcase and a carry-on bag, among other items. The hatchback is more spacious when it comes to storage, with 14.9 cu-ft of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, and a total volume of 25.4 cu-ft with those seats folded. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Fiesta an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Fiesta 15th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Ford Fiesta features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/R 31.2"

Head room

F 39.1"/R 37.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 5

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