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Car Tech Video: Ford Fiesta EcoBoost makes tiny tech powerful

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Car Tech Video: Ford Fiesta EcoBoost makes tiny tech powerful

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Daring to put a 1-liter engine in production, Ford shows that modern tech can get a lot of power out of only three cylinders.

This one liter water bottle shows how much displacement you find in the cylinders of this 2014 Ford Fiesta. [MUSIC]. This is a 2014 Ford Fiesta. You can see this big mouth grill which is a sort of signature item on Ford Passenger cars of this stage in the game. This is Ford's economy car, their smallest car in their lineup, and it comes with the ECO Boost option. Now you can get the ECO Boost option in the Fiesta, on the Sedan, or Hatchback format vehicles. This is the Sedan body style. Personally, I prefer the hatchback. I like the looks a lot better than the utility. But let's see what's really important about this car. Now under the hood here is what makes this car special. This is Ford's little one liter ECO Boost engine. So it's only got three cylinders. You don't really find that in a lot of cars these days. A one liter is also particularly tiny. ECO Boost means it has direct injection. You can hear the clatter of those injectors right now. That's just an attribute of direct injection engines. It's also got a turbo. That helps bring power up to 123 horsepower, 148 pound feet of torque, which are exceptional numbers for a one liter engine. And those are much more than the standard 1.6 liter engine you get in the Fiesta. Fuel economy is also up at 32 miles per gallon city, 45 miles per gallon highway, so that should give about an average of 40 miles per gallon. Because you only have three cylinders, that can throw off the balance. With a four cylinder engine, you have two cylinders going up, two going down, vice versa. And that helps balance the engine by itself. With three cylinders, you have two cylinders going up, one going down, then vice versa, only one going up and two going down. That can throw out the balance. Ford actually has done some interesting engineering here. Where they have a counterbalance pulley in here that helps balance that engine action out. They also have some special engine mounts that help dampen some of that vibration, so you don't really feel it in the cab as much. Now in the cab in here is standard Ford Fiesta, you know, economy car stuff. And in the head unit here, we can see we have really the base head unit for the Fiesta. And even though My Ford Touch is available in the Fiesta, it's not available with the ECO Boost engine. I'm not really sure why the head unit is dependent on the engine, but in some ways I actually like this base head unit better. What I'm not crazy about are these buttons here. Sometimes it's a little bit hard to see what's going on. So I've got my, iPhone plugged into the USB port down here on the console. Now this has a sync system, which is really convenient. So if I want to request a music, I can just press the talk button. USB. Please say a command. Play artist Led Zeppelin. Playing artist Led Zeppelin. This is like on a three-inch screen. Pretty small, monochrome screen, but it's really all you need for this car since there's no navigation. One thing I really can't do very well is navigate my iPhone's music library with this interface here. I also have Sync AppLink. So, for example, right now I have Amazon Talk Player so I just hit this talk button. USB. Please say a command. Mobile app. Mobile apps. Please say a command. Amazon Cloud Player. Now it's looking for that app. I've actually got it running on my phone. With the iPhone, you actually have to have the app currently running on the phone, so you sorta have to preset it for that. That's why this really works better with an Android device. Cuz an Android device you just have to have the app somewhere on the phone. It doesn't have to be running. And that'll work over Bluetooth, too. With the iPhone, you have to be plugged in with the cable. So iPhone not as convenient. Android more convenient. Now, one thing about the ECO Boost engine is you can only get it with a manual transmission. [MUSIC]. Yeah I mentioned that the power numbers of this car, certainly more than enough for a car like this. But, its a little bit different. I mean this kinda shows the difference when you have a very loaded [INAUDIBLE] like this car. That, that power that comes on at higher engine rift, so you, it becomes a little bit tricky to drive. We are going up a hill right now, and this is where can have a little bit of difficulty. I stop right here on the hill, nice thing about this car is it's got hill hold. So I can just take my foot off the brake and it won't roll back. But then, I try to start and I gotta get the revs up, it's starting to lug, and then it gets those revs up and then it gets the power. But stuff does happen when I turn the wheel. [MUSIC] You know, there's a satisfying amount of heft to it. It's well tuned. That, and the handling together really make this car suitable for its purposes. Your basic economical transportation, with the one liter engine. Now, base price for an SE is $15,580. Add $995 for the ECO Boost option. And you end up with a total of $16,650 for this car. Now, there really is not CNET style. Because you can't get My Ford Touch, or any of the upgraded electronics in the car. You have to go with the base head unit. So that is basically CNET Style for the Ford Fiesta ECO Boost. [MUSIC].

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