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Ford fiesta styling



Inexpensive cars don't need to look bland, something Ford has demonstrated with the latest Fiesta. From the out-of-the-ordinary color options to the taut, spunky looks, the Fiesta is one of the more extroverted small cars available.

With the arched roofline, crisp profile, and wedge-like side view (and the way the rear pillar nips and tucks), there's a lot to like about the Fiesta's proportions. The headlights sweep well back into the fenders, and the wide-mouthed Ford grille, with lower bodywork, helps give it a somewhat more macho look from the front. High-mounted taillights rise into the rear pillars, in a position that's both functional and stylish.

The 2015 Ford Fiesta remains highly stylized, but last year's new nose and revised interior streamlined it a bit.

The Fiesta four-door sedan is, to our eyes, a work in progress. The grille revision in 2014 seems to have given the sedan some much-needed gravitas, but the proportions just don't come together in the same way, and the longer body combined with the rather short passenger greenhouse make the car look tall and narrow from either end.

Fiesta ST hatchbacks really make the most of the look, adding a more aggressive air dam and black-honeycomb-mesh grille, along with a cross-patterned rear diffuser and twin chromed exhaust tips. Their lowered stance and chunky wheels add to the visual drama.

Inside, the Fiesta is one of the sharper entries in this class. For 2014, Ford added a soft-touch upper dash across the Fiesta lineup, along with improved dash and door trim, as well as improved seat fabrics and a new steering wheel design. But the most noteworthy 2014 update is front and center in the dash, where Titanium models get the MyFord Touch interface (it's also optional on SE and ST models).

The MyFord Touch system isn't universally appealing, but it declutters the look versus the much-maligned base setup, which uses slanted buttons that are difficult to decipher and use at a glance.