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Automotive Editor - January 31, 2018

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2.15 (Fair)
27 City / 35 Highway

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2018 Ford Fiesta OVERVIEW

The future of Ford’s smallest offering is looking a little shaky – Ford has confirmed that the next generation of the sporty ST trim won’t be sold in America, while the Fiesta range as a whole has been a slow seller. Still, Ford's smallest car holds up well against the competition, and it’s plenty of fun for such a small package.

What's New for 2018

The lovable 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine is no more, replaced by Ford’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. A rearview camera is now standard on all trim levels. Otherwise, the 2018 Fiesta remains unchanged.

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Choosing Your Ford Fiesta

All Fiesta models except for the ST come with the 1.6-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, which produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the ST, you'll get a turbocharged 1.6-liter producing 197 hp and 202 lb-ft. Power is routed to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (a $1,095 option across the board), although the Fiesta ST is only available with a six-speed stick. The base engine gets 27 mpg city, 35 highway, and 30 combined, according to the EPA. The automatic transmission's extra gear nets it a slight boost to 27/35/31 mpg, and at 26/33/29 mpg, the ST engine isn't as thirsty as you might expect. Keyless entry is also standard on all models.

The Fiesta continues to offer owners the choice of either a sedan or hatchback form, except for the hatchback-only ST. The hatchback option boosts the trunk's cargo capacity from 12.4 to 14.9 cubic feet, but more importantly it gives you the option of folding the rear seats down, which opens capacity up to a reasonable 25.4 cu ft. The ST trim's trunk is smaller than the regular hatchback's, but it shares the same capacity with the rear seats folded. If you do opt for the hatchback, you'll pay an extra $300 over sedan prices across the board.

Four trims are available: S, SE, Titanium, and ST.


The base-spec Fiesta is about as minimalist as it gets, reflecting a starting price of $14,990 (including a mandatory $875 destination fee). Ford’s Sync voice command system is present, but there’s not much in the way of luxury. Seat adjustments are manual with cloth upholstery, and the tiny center display is a regular old non-touch screen. You don’t even get cruise control. Wheels are 15-inch steel units, and the only optional extras are an entry keypad and an ash tray. That said, the windows and locks are power, and Ford fits a no-cost rearview camera, so life could certainly be worse with the base Fiesta.


Starting at $16,420, the SE trim adds a host of basic features. Automatic headlights, ambient lighting, and cruise control all come standard. The $995 201A Appearance Package brings a leather shift knob, fog lights, nicer cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Ford's Sync 3 infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 16-inch rims for $995. That's a very reasonable price for that much kit, especially CarPlay and Android Auto, which brings smartphone-powered navigation into the mix.

The $290 Cold Weather Package is also a smart buy, adding heated front seats, heated mirrors, and automatic temperature control for $290, while a power moonroof is available for $845. Navigation is available as a standalone option for $795, but requires the 201A Package's 6.5-inch touchscreen.


The Fiesta Titanium is as close to luxury as the little car will get, and it starts at $19,980. The touchscreen, heated leather-trimmed seats, a Sony sound system, automatic temperature control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are all standard, along with chrome accents and more interior ornamentation.

The Fiesta Titanium gets a couple technology upgrades as well, with push-button start and a rear parking sensor. The moonroof is still available as an option, but everything else comes standard on this trim, including the automatic transmission. Navigation and a sunroof remain optional extras, but they stand alone as the only upgrades for the Fiesta Titanium.


A true hot hatchback, the Fiesta ST has developed a following for its feisty performance and smart handling. $22,070 gets buyers a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter engine that produces 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque. The power runs through a six-speed manual transmission, which is the only available gearbox. Ford stiffened the suspension, improved the brakes, and attached 17-inch wheels on tires with tiny sidewalls and a more aggressive rubber compound. Combined, these traits give the Fiesta ST – or FiST, if you prefer its nickname – a sharp, aggressive, and nippy handling character. This car is a riot, and it looks it.

The ST has unique body work and comes in a unique Orange Spice paint color (a $595 option). Other options include a pricey, but worthwhile, upgrade to the fronts seats. $1,995 nets owners a set of Recaro-branded chairs that keep the driver in place through even the most aggressive handling maneuvers. The partial leather seats are available in two shades. Navigation and a sunroof remain options and round out the Fiesta ST's optional improvements.

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re looking to the Fiesta as a luxury buy, look elsewhere. Instead, get just what necessary—the SE trim adds in the most essential features for a relatively reasonable cost increase, and you’ll still get to enjoy all the handling and zip that makes the Fiesta fun. If you’re an enthusiast, the Fiesta ST is among the most charming and affordable hot hatchbacks on the market.

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