Quick View: The 2014 Ford Fiesta

2014 Ford Fiesta

Sporty and fun, the 2014 Ford Fiesta is a family pleaser.

For teens and young adults, getting a driver’s license, then a car, is one of the most exciting rites of passage. For parents, it can be a nightmare. You want your child to be independent, but most of all, you want her to be safe.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta will meet a parent’s and a child’s requirements.

Ford Fiesta

The interior has all the tech you need

Parent First

Since we are usually the one paying, we don’t want to break the bank. The Fiesta stats at $16,050 and gets 27 to 34 mpg combined, depending on the model (and up to 43 mpg on the highway). If you have your teen pay for gas, she will appreciate the fuel economy.

Safety Features

Ford Fiesta

Ambient lighting offers six different colors and lights up door handles and cup holders

MyKey is a standard feature in Ford cars that can help set a parent’s mind at ease. You can set it to limit how fast the car can be driven, how loud the radio can be played, and to mute the radio if the seat belt isn’t worn. It can also be programmed to alert the driver earlier about low fuel, so your teen doesn’t run out of gas.

The Fiesta has seven standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag.

Teen Perspective

Ford Fiesta

The rear hatch offers plenty of cargo space

The Fiesta’s 1.6 liter engine has great pick-up and handles curves well. I drove the car through horse country in New Jersey and was impressed by the powerful, yet economic engine.

Great Looks

Ford Fiesta

The center stack includes Ford’s entertainment dial and touch scree for navigation, entertainment and more.

The Green Envy Ford Fiesta may make other drivers jealous. This is one of the Fiesta’s new premium colors, along with Storm Gray Metallic and Blue Candy Metallic. The Titanium, the top-to-the-line Ford Fiesta, has a rear chrome strip, enhanced grille and cool fog lamps. Sure it can be driven by a teen – but it can also serve as a sporty, economical commuting car.

A Car for All

Ford Fiesta

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is at home anywhere

Of course, not only young drivers buy small cars. If you live in a city, you might appreciate the ease of parking a small car. But you won’t have to compromise on features. You can load your Fiesta up with a sunroof, Sony HD audio/satellite radio with eight speakers, MyFord Touch system with voice activated navigation and a 6.5 inch touch screen, leather steering wheel and heated seats, and still pay under $25,000.

Now isn’t that music to anyone’s ears?

Judy Antell, who is TravelingMom.com's Free in 50 States editor, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and... More about Judy Antell