The 2016 Ford Fiesta was named to Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015 yesterday. This is KBB.com’s annual selection of new cars they recommend for students. Each new-car recommendation is available for around $20,000 or less, according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price. Why do we think the Ford Fiesta is the best choice?
What sets Fiesta apart from the competition?
The 2016 Ford Fiesta comes with high tech features, it’s high on the fun-to-drive meter and has excellent fuel efficiency. It also comes with MyKey, which lets you program a restricted driving mode to promote good driving habits for your teen driver. It also comes with a number of other features that will put parents at ease and help young drivers.
KBB says that a car for your teen can be stylish and safe to drive. Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. says, “Our annual 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list has something for everyone, including cars that both parents and kids can agree on.”
What KBB had to say about Ford Fiesta
“Ford’s small hatchback and sedan have been on the market for a few years now, proving to be a good mix of sprightly sporty car and sensible smart car. The Fiesta is responsive and handles well, but also nets up to 43 highway mpg. This car may be small, but it’s filled with safety and connectivity tech, including the newest version of SYNC, called SYNC3, with an available swipe and pinch-to-zoom touch screen.”
KBB.com’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2015
Here’s KBB.com’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2015 by rank and fair purchase price. 2015 Honda Fit-$15,743, 2015 Kia Soul-$15,137, 2015 Mazda Mazda3-$16,741, 2016 Honda HR-V-$19,575, 2015 Nissan Versa Note-$13,932, 2016 Scion iM-N/A, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado-$20,511, 2016 Ford Fiesta-N/A, 2015 Subaru Impreza-$18,067 and 2015 Mini Hardtop 2 Door-$20,487.
10 reasons why Ford Fiesta is one of top 10 best cars for your teenage driver
The new Ford Fiesta comes with MyKey that lets you program a restricted driving mode to promote good driving habits. First, there is a Belt-Minder warning chime that stays activated until the safety belts are buckled. The audio system sound volume also remains muted. MyKey can also be set to place limits on speed (up to 80 miles per hour) and audio volume (up to 45 percent of the maximum).
Other MyKey features include a Low-fuel warning that is displayed in the message center, followed by a chime when the fuel level reaches an eighth of a tank of fuel. The few minutes it takes to program MyKey will give parents peace of mind when their teen gets behind the wheel.
Four other features on the Fiesta compact include an easy-fuel capless fuel filler so students won’t have to worry about forgetting to put the cap back on after filling up. A hill start assist feature keeps drivers from rolling back into another vehicle on a hill, exterior lighting is available for safety when getting into the vehicle at night, and a rear view camera comes standard on the 2016 Ford Fiesta. Lastly, Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine gets an EPA estimated rating of 31/43 city/highway mpg and 36 combined mpg.
The 2016 Ford Fiesta is a good choice for parents with students and comes with high tech features that will put parents at ease, it’s high on the fun-to-drive meter for the student and has excellent fuel efficiency. We would rate the new compact Fiesta the number one best car for your teenage driver.