2018 Ford Fiesta

Buyer's Guide

As we write this, Ford is being coy about the Fiesta's future in North America. A new design has already debuted in Europe, but the company has yet to say whether it will come here, leading us to fear that one of the best-driving subcompacts might soon disappear.

So, for 2018, the Fiesta carries over with only the addition of a standard backup camera, a nod to forthcoming legislation that will make them standard in all cars as of May 2018.

Fiesta remains available in hatchback and sedan body styles, both with four doors and offered in S, SE and Titanium trims, plus a fourth high-performance hatchback trim called ST.

There are three engines to choose from, the most widely available being a 1.6L four-cylinder that makes 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque that can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The SE can be optioned with a 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder "EcoBoost" engine that makes 123 hp and 125 lb-ft and comes only with the manual transmission. Hotshoe drivers can move up to the ST for a turbocharged 1.6L making 197 hp and 202 lb-ft and paired with a six-speed manual.

What makes the Fiesta so appealing is that it's a fun driver even in its more mundane configurations. Its handling is sharp and entertaining without an overly firm ride; contrary to many small cars, the basic 1.6L is actually better suited to its optional automatic transmission, as its extra gear makes better use of the engine's power. The 1.0L is intriguing but comes with tall fuel-saver gearing that makes it less fun to drive than it should be. Naturally, the ST is a riot, but its harder suspension and huggy Recaro seats won't be for everyone.

Hatchbacks are generally regarded as more practical than sedans, but the Fiesta sedan's bulky rear houses the larger trunk of the two body styles.

Unsurprisingly, the 1.0L boasts the most attractive fuel consumption estimates, at 7.6/5.7 L/100 km (city/highway). The 1.6L is most efficient with the automatic, at 8.6/6.4, and the ST's ratings are 9.0/7.1 L/100 km.

One of the side effects of the Fiesta's being at the end of its product cycle is its lack of advanced safety features, like collision detection with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane departure warning/prevention and blind spot detection.

Still, Titanium trim brings a number of niceties, including leather seating, SYNC 3 infotainment, passive keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror and backup sensors.

2018 Ford Fiesta Specifications

There are 7 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $16,580 MSRP
7.7
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
120 hp @6350 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
S Hatch $16,580 5 Hatchback
S Hatch 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
S Hatch 160.1" 66.8" 58" 98"
S Hatch
S Hatch Cloth Seats
S Hatch
S Hatch
S Sedan $16,580 5 Sedan
S Sedan 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
S Sedan 173.6" 66.8" 58" 98"
S Sedan
S Sedan Cloth Seats
S Sedan
S Sedan
SE Hatch $18,730 5 Hatchback
SE Hatch 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
SE Hatch 160.1" 66.8" 58" 98"
SE Hatch
SE Hatch Cloth Seats
SE Hatch
SE Hatch
SE Sedan $18,730 5 Sedan
SE Sedan 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
SE Sedan 173.6" 66.8" 58" 98"
SE Sedan
SE Sedan Cloth Seats
SE Sedan
SE Sedan
Titanium Hatch $25,463 5 Hatchback
Titanium Hatch 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Titanium Hatch 160.1" 66.8" 58" 98"
Titanium Hatch
Titanium Hatch Leather Seats
Titanium Hatch
Titanium Hatch
Titanium Sedan $25,463 5 Sedan
Titanium Sedan 120 hp @6350 rpm 112 ft-lb @5000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Titanium Sedan 173.6" 66.8" 58" 98"
Titanium Sedan
Titanium Sedan Leather Seats
Titanium Sedan
Titanium Sedan
ST Hatch $26,227 5 Hatchback
ST Hatch 197 hp @6000 rpm 202 ft-lb @4200 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
ST Hatch 160.1" 66.8" 58" 98"
ST Hatch
ST Hatch N/A
ST Hatch
ST Hatch

Owner Reviews: 2018 Ford / Fiesta

Average Rating

2011 Ford Fiesta

Trim: SES
by Parker9445 on 11-03-2012
Great car
Very easy car to drive in any season. I drive an hour to work and my little Fiesta has not let me down.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Ford Fiesta

by 51Rocker on 11-02-2012
2012 Ford Fiesta SE (Sedan)
Ford has come out on top with the 2012 Fiesta as a big winner. A peppy, roomy and comfortable car that looks great not only on the outside, but inside as well. There's plenty of leg, and head room, a spacious trunk, and a terrific sound system for you to enjoy your favourite CD's or radio station. Plenty of AirBags for the front, back, and side. Also on the plus side it has a built-in BlueTooth to give you hands free, mobile phone service at the touch of a button. And last, but not least the Ford Fiesta saves you big time on gas. Giving you great mileage both in the city, and on the highway. I was totally fascinated with this car after my test drive that I decided to buy it right there on the spot. So far all the car reviews that I've read have proved me right. The Ford Fiesta Is A Big Winner!!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2011 Ford Fiesta

by 604speeder on 10-16-2012
Great car for city driving!
This car is a great vehicle for driving in the city. Compact style makes it easy to park downtown.

The interior is amazing and ultra trendy and the car comes with all of the electronic bells and whistles you would expect in a brand new car. The fuel efficiency is amazing.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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