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2014 Ford Fiesta tops all non-hybrid cars at 45 mpg highway

However, the high rating only comes on a special package with a manual transmission, so it will be much harder to find at a dealer.

By Clifford Atiyeh Oct 30, 2013 1:21PM
Ford's first 3-cylinder engine powers the upcoming 2014 Fiesta, and with it, delivers the highest highway fuel economy rating for any normal gas-powered car.

The 2014 Fiesta with the new 1.0-liter turbo-three can reach up to an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 45 mpg highway in either sedan or hatchback trim, which is the highest highway rating for a non-hybrid gasoline vehicle. Ford is also proud to point out that it's 12 mpg higher than the Honda Fit and 8 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.

Even the 2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI, a diesel, can only muster 42 mpg highway on the EPA's test cycle. In the city, the Fiesta reaches 32 mpg, an impressive number but matched by its competitor, the Chevrolet Spark, and eclipsed by the only other 3-cylinder car on sale, the smart fortwo, at 34 mpg.
But while the numbers look great, they're only available on a specific trim -- the SE with the SFE package and 5-speed manual gearbox -- that dealers won't order in great volume. As with the current Fiesta and Focus models with the SFE package, these cars typically are special-ordered rather than plucked off the lot. Most Fiesta buyers will take automatic transmissions without the SFE package, which offers a 29/39 mpg rating. An auto-equipped Fiesta with the SFE package musters a 30/41 mpg rating. (See them all here on the EPA's website.)

For its own sake, we hope Ford treads carefully as it promotes these high fuel economy numbers. In July, after lawsuits attacked Ford for overstating real-world mileage on three of its new hybrids, Ford was forced to update software on 77,000 cars. Later in August, the company issued cash rebates to customers and lowered fuel economy ratings on one model after admitting to using a loophole in the EPA testing procedure. 

[Source: Ford]
216Comments
Oct 30, 2013 4:13PM
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Probably would get even better mileage if gasoline had no ethanol in it!
Oct 30, 2013 4:27PM
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Combustion engines getting over 60 mpg have been common in Europe for 20 years. The government doesn't want them here.
Oct 30, 2013 4:52PM
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Diesel and gasoline do not compare well simply stating MPG.  Diesel is more expensive than gasoline, and pollutes more.  (slightly).  So...the Fiesta beats the VW diesel Golf by more than 3 mpg...the gas is cheaper.

Same with alcohol in the gas.  You can call it "oxygenated" gas, but you aren't fooling anyone.  It is alcohol, it adds no oxygen to the fuel, and the MPG is worse with gasahol.  Our Mazda gets a best of 28 on 10% alcohol/gasoline, and 32 mpg with straight gasoline.  not to mention that the use of corn for fuel alcohol drives up the cost of corn based food.

Oct 30, 2013 4:39PM
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I had a Geo Metro with a 3 cylinder that regularly got 47-50 mpg with me driving it at 75+ mph commuting 40 miles to work.  after 220,000 miles, it gave up the ghost and I got a Prius hybrid that I am lucky to get 45 mpg out of.  

Oct 30, 2013 4:15PM
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Look at the Volkswagon Passat TDI, an impressive diesel that is advertised at 43 mpg, but I consistently get between 45 - 50 mpg in mine and I have a lead foot when driving.
Oct 30, 2013 5:29PM
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I think bumblefuzz is referring to Woolings, Daihatsus, and vehicles of that caliber....yep, they get outrageous mpg, but they would NEVER meet safety standards and would NEVER survive American driving. The vehicles are absolute bare bones and have ZERO safety features... Koreans and Chinese use millions of them. They're all over Europe also....Our government buys these for maintenance vehicles at a lot of federal installations...they have a very bad longevity record and parts are insanely expensive if you can find them. I've workd for the VA for 24yrs and we've been thru a fleet of both Woolings and Daihatsus and they are junk. Major money could have been saved had they purchased S10s or Ford rangers. We now have John Deere Gators...
Oct 30, 2013 4:17PM
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Great gas mileage usually requires that you sacrifice power and performance.  For me 45 mpg is useless if I can't get safely onto an interstate highway at rush hour.  That is why I generally shop for the best combination of power and mpg.  I am quite happy with 22 or 23 mpg city and 32 or so highway.  My present vehicle has insane acceleration for a little V6 and puts out 268 horse power.  I am very happy with it and plan to buy it out at the end of my present lease unless the dealer makes me an offer I just can't refuse.  LOL  I had my last car and truck for nineteen years and both had over 250,000 miles on them so I take good care of my rides.  I think that this one will be no exception. 
Oct 30, 2013 6:18PM
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Having a 2010 Golf TDI and comparing the Fiesta to it is a joke. Sure they get 
similar milage but the Golf has almost 3 times the power and an engine twice the 
size. Try pulling a U-haul trailer cross country with 4 people in the Fiesta and  up the Rocky
mountains. Further more Diesel is very clean and gives a lot more fuel per gallon than 
gasoline. You want a "Green" muscle car go with a TDI........
Oct 30, 2013 4:10PM
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original ford was 20hp. it`s a start!
Oct 30, 2013 4:37PM
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45 mpg is nice and saves a lot of money, but I'll stick with my Grand Marquis and 22-24 mpg. It's roomy, comfortable, and safe.
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