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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal; four stars, Overall
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear (seat); 'good,' roof strength; 'marginal,' small overlap
...the [electric steering] uses what Ford calls "Drift-Pull" compensation to automatically counteract stiff side winds and severely crowned roads, which would normally have you slightly countersteering to maintain course.
...the standard electronic stability control cannot be disabled...
Getting one of the smallest models on the market usually prompts a little more consideration of safety, as it should. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta might not be at the head of the class in occupant safety but it comes with plenty of safety features as well as excellent handling, which is an accident-avoidance asset in itself.
Front and side bags for driver and passenger, as well as rear side curtain bags, and a knee airbag for the driver are all included. And the electric power steering incorporates Pull-Drift Compensation, which keeps the Fiesta tracking properly.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Fiesta top 'good' results in frontal, side, rear, and roof-strength tests. But in the frontal offset test it achieves just a 'marginal' rating.
In federal tests, the Fiesta has earned four out of five stars overall, including four-star results for frontal impact. The previous five-star result in side impact (which carried an asterisk noting a high likelihood of thoracic injury) has been pulled for 2014.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta is no safety slouch; although it hasn't been at the front of the pack either.