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The Truth About Cars Fiesta ST review

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The normal Fiesta doesn’t excite me, but the ST has really piqued my interest. I heard other journalist say it could be a modern day CRX. I’d have to say it’s a modern day Prelude.
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Yep, I agree with a lot of that article. The dual height floor thing in the trunk is as stupid as the armrests, but I have already griped about that. None of that takes away from the joy of getting behind the wheel and carving corners.
The base Fiesta has a plastic cargo storage bin in that area. Unfortunately the Fiesta ST has a full size spare that is just barely too large to use the same piece of plastic. Instead of designing a new piece to fit in that space, I was told, “We checked what we had on the shelf, and didn’t find anything.” So they left the space empty. That’s weak sauce Ford, weak sauce.
I'll have to buy one for a regular Fiesta and dremel it out to fit, if that's the case. Too bad.
I noticed that he said the car comes with an SD card reader. Is that true???
Yes, same as the Focus ST. It's in the center console. If you have Nav it's used for the maps.
I'll have to buy one for a regular Fiesta and dremel it out to fit, if that's the case. Too bad.
we have the foam compartment under the floor in our 2013 Escape Ti, and we have never stored anything in it.
regarding gas mileage, the TAC reviewer said (in a comment) that he got a little over 27 mpg with only pushing the car somewhat. I preferred what I read in one of BRGT350's posts about getting 33 mpg in his daily commute (where I expect he keeps the entertainment level pretty high). For me, one of the keys for the FiST over the FoST is better daily driver mpg. I realize that mpg varies a lot based on driver, traffic, terrain, but I wondered if folks that have the FiST (esp BRGT350) could comment on whether you think 33 mpg is a high number or generally achievable.

I expect that if you have a long commute with decent traffic and little temptation to wring it out, you will get 30+, if you have stop and go, it will be closer to 26 and if you have a really short commute and drive it for fun, you might have trouble breaking 20.

I have some stop and go but only about 20 miles a day. I expect to take more longish road trips because they will be cheap.
33/34mpg on a commute of 70 highway/30 stop and go city driving is not a problem if you drive like an adult. My drives, as you would expect, are full of grin inducing acceleration. I think I am hovering around 31mpg for commuting since the last reset a week ago, and that has a few WOT runs in 2nd gear to find out the top speed in 2nd, and some general hooniganism. On average, the ST gets the same or slightly better MPG than my 2011 Fiesta gets. The ST is around 31/33 MPG for my daily commute, my brother gets just under 30 since he has a lot more stop-n-go city driving, but has the same highway distance to cover as I do. Brandon will have the ST for next month and will be driving 80 miles on the highway for a round trip to his night classes. I am sure he will get some decent MPG numbers out of that run. I would get around 35MPG out of my 2011 Fiesta when I drove that route for a few years.

The best explanation I have ever heard concerning MPG and EcoBoost is that if you want V6 power, the I4 will deliver. If you want I4 MPG, it will do that too. It will not give you V6 power and I4 MPG at the same time. That is 100% correct. My wife drives her Escape 2.0L EcoBoost like she drove her 2.5L V6 Escape. The result is almost the exact same MPG. There is some driver input that is needed to get what you want out of the car. I prefer V8 power out of my I4 and am happy with less than steller MPG numbers.
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