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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.
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.
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.