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2014 Ford Fiesta features new styling, tech (pictures)

Ford updates the Fiesta with looks and tech that bring it in line with its stablemates.

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Although Ford has sold its Fiesta market in worldwide markets since the mid-'70s, it only hit US shores in 2011, in response to Ford's need for a subcompact.
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For the 2014 model year, Ford makes cosmetic and tech updates, but leaves the driveline alone.
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The grille and front-end treatment get a drastic change, copying the styling from the Fusion and Focus.
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This 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is currently the only choice. Later, Ford will be adding an EcoBoost option with a 1-liter engine.
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The Fiesta can be had as a hatchback or sedan.
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The Fiesta's suspension is typical for its class, with a torsion bar at the rear wheels, and MacPherson struts at the powered front wheels.
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This Fiesta model is in Titanium trim, which means it comes almost fully loaded. Only the navigation system and sunroof are options.
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The rear cargo area is adequate for a few grocery bags, but fold down the rear seats and the space more than doubles.
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The leather-covered seats in the Titanium trim Fiesta are manually adjusted, but include light bolstering.
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There is a minor amount of play in the steering that keeps the car from feeling twitchy.
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MyFord Touch comes standard in the Titanium-trim Fiesta. It includes this 6.5-inch touch screen.
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The optional navigation system lives on an SD card, and works as a plug-and-play feature.
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The Bluetooth hands-free phone system is excellent, with full-featured voice command.
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Audio sources, of which this car gets a lot, sit in a list down the left side of the stereo screen.
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A rearview camera makes parking easier.

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