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2018 Ford Fiesta Review

Nimble handling and a potent performance-oriented trim help the 2018 Ford Fiesta stand out in its class, but cramped rear seats and a small cargo hold ultimately prevent it from cracking the top third of our subcompact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Brisk acceleration in ST trim
  • Intuitive available infotainment system
  • Modest cargo hold
  • Cramped rear seats

New for 2018

  • Rearview camera became standard
  • Three-cylinder EcoBoost engine discontinued




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
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2018 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2018 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Ford Fiesta is a good subcompact car. Its appeal lies largely in its status as a fun-to-drive car, particularly with the sporty ST trim. From a practical standpoint though, most rivals surpass it with larger trunks or more passenger space.

The 2018 Fiesta has several advantages:

  • Attractive cabin materials
  • Potent engine in ST trim
  • Athletic handling

It also has a few shortcomings:

  • Narrow cabin and tight rear seats
  • Small cargo hold
  • Subpar fuel economy estimates
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Ford Fiesta review. It combines concrete data like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions with professional evaluations from 72 automotive sources.

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How Much Is the 2018 Ford Fiesta?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford Fiesta on our site, the average list price is $13,400, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $10,600 to $18,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Fiesta Cost to Own?

The 2018 Fiesta’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $21,480, or $4,296 per year. That’s a hair below average among subcompact cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fiesta?

For 2019, Ford introduced a new ST-Line trim and discontinued the Titanium trim. The 2019 Fiesta is otherwise unchanged from 2018, so you're probably better off purchasing a used 2018 Fiesta to save some money.

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Ford introduced the Fiesta to the U.S. market for the 2011 model year. Most shoppers will want to stick with a 2016 model or newer. For 2016, Ford replaced the widely criticized MyFord Touch infotainment interface with the more intuitive SYNC 3 system. No major changes were made for 2017, and the 2018 Fiesta gained a standard rearview camera but lost a turbocharged three-cylinder engine option.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Fiesta?

The 2018 Fiesta has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Ford Fiesta Recalls

As of this writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2018 Ford Fiesta.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Fiesta is available in two body types – sedan and hatchback – and four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. The first three trims can be had in either body type, but the ST comes as a hatchback only. ST models feature a 197-horsepower four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. The other three trims, which are the mainstream models, have a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission mated to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower.

Subcompacts aren’t known for their extensive features lists, and the Fiesta is no exception. Ford Fiesta SE models are a good place to start your search, as they add desirable features such as cruise control and power windows and are available with convenience and tech options like the SYNC 3 system.

  • Ford Fiesta S: The entry-level Ford Fiesta S comes with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, cloth seats, and a rearview camera.
  • Ford Fiesta SE: The SE adds power windows, cruise control, and Ford MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers. Other available features include a voice-activated navigation system, the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a second USB port, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a moonroof.
  • Ford Fiesta Titanium: Titanium models gain most of the options listed above, minus the moonroof and navigation system. The Titanium also features an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, rear parking sensors, and push-button start.
  • Ford Fiesta ST: The Fiesta ST comes as a hatchback only. It gains a stronger engine, a sport-tuned suspension, three drive modes, and a few sporty styling enhancements.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fiesta sedan and hatchback the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both body types an overall four-star rating out of five. The Fiesta received four stars in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover testing. The NHTSA observed that the left rear door panel might strike the passenger in side crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • MyKey (lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers)
  • rear parking sensors

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2018 Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fiesta or 2018 Toyota Yaris iA?

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA sedan, not to be confused with the Toyota Yaris hatchback, is a strong competitor to the Fiesta. The Toyota has more standard safety features and a better predicted reliability rating than the Ford, as well as slightly nicer cabin materials. The Yaris iA has more cargo space than the Fiesta sedan too. The Fiesta has slightly livelier handling, and its ST trim has an engine stronger than anything you’ll find in the Yaris iA. Both are good choices, so selecting one is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fiesta or 2018 Honda Fit?

The 2018 Honda Fit is another good subcompact car. This Honda hatchback is more practical than the Ford, having a much larger cargo hold and more rear-seat legroom. The Fit is more fuel-efficient too. Both cars have a nimble ride and responsive steering, but the Fiesta’s ST trim and better overall handling give it a slight edge in performance. On average, buying the Ford will save you around $4,400 compared to the Honda. Both are good vehicles. For performance on a budget, choose the Ford. Otherwise the Honda is a great pick.

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2018 Fiesta Performance

How Does the 2018 Fiesta Drive?

The base engine is adequate but little more than that. The five-speed manual transmission works well, and gear changes are easy. The turbocharged engine in the Fiesta ST is far more energetic and helps distinguish the Fiesta from the rest of the segment, as few rivals offer such an option.

The Fiesta is one of the most athletic vehicles in its class. Precise and responsive steering boost its sportiness, and the performance-oriented ST throws in a sport-tuned suspension. However, the Fiesta’s ride isn’t as gentle as that of some rivals.

  • Base engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque (Fiesta ST)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard five-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
    • six-speed manual (Fiesta ST)
Does the 2018 Fiesta Get Good Gas Mileage?

All configurations of this Ford return below-average fuel economy estimates for the class.

  • Five-speed manual: 27/35 mpg city/highway
  • Six-speed automatic: 27/37 mpg
  • Six-speed manual: 26/33 mpg

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2018 Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Fiesta Seat?

Regardless of body type, this Ford seats five people in two rows. The front seats have a lot of headroom, but the narrow cabin can leave passengers feeling confined. The rear seats are cramped. On the bright side, the cabin is solidly built.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • sport seats
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Fiesta?

Regardless of body type, this Ford has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a tether anchor, and a lower anchor can be borrowed from either side. However, all the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats and can be hard to maneuver around. Most of them also require a lot of force to attach. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use.

2018 Ford Fiesta Features

The upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system in higher trim levels is easy to use. The touch screen is responsive, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a great addition for smartphone users.

For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4.2-inch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a 6.5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a voice-activated navigation system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a second USB port
  • Other available features: power windows, cruise control, proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, and push-button start

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2018 Ford Fiesta Dimensions

Ford Fiesta Cargo Space

The Ford Fiesta sedan has a 12.8-cubic-foot trunk. The Fiesta hatchback has a total of 25.4 cubic feet with the rear seats down and 14.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That figure shrinks to 10.1 cubic feet in the Fiesta ST. The split-folding rear seats don’t fold flat with the load floor, hampering the usability of the space. Most subcompact car rivals have more room.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Fiesta Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 3 inches to 14 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,536 to 2,720 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Fiesta Built?

Ford built the Fiesta in Mexico.


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