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2014 Ford Fiesta gets by on three cylinders (pictures)

With the EcoBoost option in the SE-trim Fiesta, Ford cranks 123 horsepower from a tiny 1-liter three-cylinder engine.

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The Fiesta is Ford's smallest car sold in the US, and the 2014 model is available with the company's smallest engine.

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The EcoBoost 1-liter engine comes as a $995 option for the SE-trim Fiesta.

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Although only 1-liter and three cylinders, the engine gives more output, 123 horsepower, than the Fiesta's standard 1.6-liter engine.

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Ford offers the Fiesta EcoBoost in sedan or hatchback body styles.

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With the EcoBoost option, the trim name changes to SFE.

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The Fiesta has a surprisingly large trunk for a small car.

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The Comfort package, at only $290, adds heated seats and automatic climate control.

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The 1-liter engine is likely to struggle a bit with all the seats filled.

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Other than the engine option, this Fiesta is largely the same as other Fiesta models.

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The 1-liter engine tops out at the same redline as a typical engine.

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The five-speed manual transmission is the only one available for the Fiesta EcoBoost.

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The Fiesta EcoBoost head unit cannot be upgraded to MyFord Touch, as other Fiestas' can, but Sync provides a lot of functionality.

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Audio playback offers a lot of sources, such as drives or iOS devices plugged into the USB port.

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Although voice command works well, this button-and-screen interface makes simple tasks difficult.

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