2018 Ford Fiesta

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MSRP: $14,205 - 21,285

2018 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2018 Ford Fiesta is a fun-to-drive car (particularly the ST trim) with a nice interior and user-friendly technology. The Fiesta sits in the upper half of our subcompact car rankings, though it does have minimal cargo room and small rear seats.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 8.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Quick acceleration with ST trim
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Tight rear seats
  • Below-average cargo room

New for 2018

  • Rearview camera now standard
  • Larger standard display
  • Three-cylinder EcoBoost engine no longer available

Is the Ford Fiesta a Good Car?

The Fiesta is a good subcompact car, especially for budget-minded shoppers looking for a little fun on their daily drive. The Fiesta's base engine provides adequate power, but some class rivals deliver more horsepower and get better fuel economy estimates. The available turbocharged engine delivers quicker acceleration. The Fiesta has good handling and handles sharp turns well. The optional infotainment system includes smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If lots of passenger and cargo space is a priority, however, this is one Fiesta you'll want to skip.

Should I Buy the Ford Fiesta?

You should consider the Fiesta if you prioritize an affordable car with a bit of zip to it over passenger and cargo space. Still, there are other subcompacts worth considering. The Toyota Yaris iA also tackles twists and turns with ease, while the Honda Fit gets superior gas mileage estimates and offers more utility than the Fiesta. The Toyota Yaris has more standard advanced safety technology.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fiesta?

The Fiesta debuted for the 2011 model year and has seen few major changes since. For 2014, Ford updated the exterior styling and introduced the performance-oriented ST model, an available EcoBoost engine, and an optional MyFord Touch infotainment system. For 2016, an available SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the MyFord Touch system. Ford adds a standard rearview camera and a bigger standard display screen to the 2018 Fiesta and discontinues the optional EcoBoost engine. If the 2018 updates aren't important to you, consider saving some money by shopping for an older model that's similar.

If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2014 Ford Fiesta and 2016 Ford Fiesta, and check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about used car incentives.

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How Much Does the Ford Fiesta Cost?

With a starting price of $14,205, a new Ford Fiesta will cost you more than it did last year. The jump in price is due to the 2018 model’s newly standard rearview camera and larger standard infotainment display. The Fiesta’s starting price edges out costlier rivals like the Chevy Sonic ($15,295), Toyota Yaris ($15,635), and Honda Fit ($16,190). Still, there are a few lower-priced options, like the Nissan Versa ($12,110) and Mitsubishi Mirage ($13,395), but they don’t rank nearly as well.

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Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit?

You'll spend a couple thousand dollars more on the Honda Fit, but it comes with an abundance of advanced safety technology and a longer list of standard features than the Fiesta. At this price point, both subcompact cars have a nice interior, but the Honda will get you double the cargo space with the rear seats folded plus an additional 8 inches of rear-seat legroom.

Both cars have a firm, responsive ride and nimble handling, but the Fiesta has a more powerful optional engine. The Fit's only available engine has cheaper annual fuel costs, but the Fiesta delivers much quicker acceleration. If performance and price are your top priorities, the Fiesta is a better choice. For superior utility and fuel economy, go for the Fit.

Which Is Better: Ford Fiesta or Toyota Yaris iA?

Though the Toyota Yaris iA and Toyota Yaris have nearly identical names, they have distinct differences. The Yaris iA delivers sporty handling, while the regular Yaris' handling is a bit dull. The Fiesta, on the other hand, delivers some of the best (if not the best) handling dynamics in the class. And while you'll find less-than-stellar base engines in all three models, opting for the Fiesta's optional engine will give you more power than in either Yaris variant.

Both the Yaris and Yaris iA have higher base prices than the Fiesta. The Yaris' starting price is nearly $1,450 more than the Fiesta, and the Yaris iA will cost you approximately $1,750 more than the Ford. With this increase in price, however, you'll get extra standard features in both Toyotas, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a USB port. The Fiesta sedan has less cargo space than the Yaris iA and Yaris hatchback, but opting for the Fiesta hatchback gives you more overall cargo capacity than both Toyota models. Rear-seat space is tight in all three cars.

The regular Yaris can’t keep up with the Fiesta, but the Yaris iA is in the running. For a quality cabin, good crash test scores, and zippy handling, choose either the Fiesta or the Yaris iA.

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Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the Fiesta Seat?

The Fiesta comes in two body types: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. In each model, there’s seating for five on standard cloth upholstery that some may find too abrasive for comfort. Optional leather upholstery or cloth sport seats remedy this issue.

The front seats offer good head- and legroom, but the cabin’s narrowness becomes apparent once someone sits in the front passenger seat. The rear seats are cramped, even by subcompact standards. Small-car rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic and especially the Nissan Versa offer roomier back seats.

Fiesta and Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the Fiesta’s outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system a Poor rating for its ease of use. The top tethers are easy to use, but the lower anchors are too deep in the seats and require too much force to attach them.

Fiesta Interior Quality

The Fiesta challenges the notion that a low-priced car must have a cheap interior. From the dash to the door panels, the Fiesta has a solid build quality. Touchpoints like the shifter and the climate controls also feel well-made.

Fiesta Cargo Space

Whether you opt for the four-door sedan or the five-door hatchback, the Fiesta comes up short on cargo space. The sedan’s trunk measures 12.8 cubic feet. You don’t get much more space with the Fiesta hatchback. It has a 14.9 cubic-foot cargo bay that expands to 25.4 with the rear seats folded. The sporty Fiesta ST can handle only 10.1 cubic feet of cargo. If you’re looking to haul more cargo than the Fiesta allows, consider the Kia Rio and Honda Fit.

Fiesta Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Fiesta comes standard with keyless entry and a six-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth for phone calls, and an auxiliary audio jack. Ford charges extra to equip the Fiesta with power windows, a standard feature in many rivals.

Available in the SE and standard in the Titanium, the Fiesta’s infotainment system is a worthwhile upgrade. It is easy to use and features a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, an eight-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and satellite radio. You’ll also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is optional in the Honda Fit and unavailable in the Toyota Yaris. Other Fiesta add-ons include cruise control, automatic climate control, a moonroof, navigation, a proximity key with push-button start, and a user-friendly navigation system.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Fiesta Performance

Fiesta Engine: From OK to Delightful

The 2018 Fiesta comes standard with a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which delivers acceptable acceleration. It comes equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Although the automatic is the more popular option, it’s less refined than the manual gearbox. For more excitement, check out the fun-to-drive Fiesta ST. Its 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine packs a punch.

Fiesta Gas Mileage: You Can Do Better

With the optional six-speed automatic transmission, the base Fiesta returns 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is subpar for the class. Fuel economy is worse with other configurations. With the manual transmission, it drops by 2 mpg on the highway. The Fiesta ST returns 26/33 mpg city/highway. The fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage saves you more at the pump, offering 37/43 mpg with its optional automatic transmission.

Fiesta Ride and Handling: A Blast to Drive on Winding Roads

Regardless of trim level or body type, the front-wheel-drive Fiesta has poised handling and pinpoint steering, which are arguably the Fiesta’s defining traits in the subcompact car class. The ST features a sport-tuned suspension, giving the Fiesta even quicker reflexes. Ride quality is less than impressive throughout the lineup. Although the Fiesta manages smooth surfaces just fine, bumps and imperfections in the road easily transfer into the cabin.

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Fiesta Reliability

Is the Ford Fiesta Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Fiesta a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. While that’s a bit above average among all new cars, it’s a typical score for a subcompact car.

Ford Fiesta Warranty

The 2018 Fiesta comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. These are fairly standard warranty terms, but some competitors – like the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent – offer longer limited and powertrain warranties.

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Fiesta Safety

Fiesta Crash Test Results

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Ford Fiesta earns the highest score of Good in four test categories. However, it earns a Marginal score (the second lowest) in the small overlap front test, which measures crashworthiness when the car strikes an object like a telephone pole or the front corner of another vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Fiesta frontal crash and rollover test scores of four out of five.

Fiesta Safety Features

The Fiesta comes standard with a rearview camera. Rear parking sensors and MyKey, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers, are available. Some rivals offer more safety features. If you’re looking for a subcompact car with standard advanced safety features, check out the Toyota Yaris. In addition to a rearview camera, it comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

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Which Ford Fiesta Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Fiesta is available in two body styles – sedan and hatchback – and four trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Hatchback models cost $300 more than the sedans. The performance-oriented ST is only available as a hatchback.

For most shoppers, the Fiesta SE makes the most sense. Unlike the base trim, it offers must-haves like power windows and cruise control, and it's available with packages that add useful features. We suggest adding the SE Appearance package. It comes with Ford’s easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upper trims add even more features, but the price jump isn’t worth it.

Ford Fiesta S

A 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission powers the base Fiesta S (starting at $14,205). You can add a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,095. Standard features include a rearview camera, keyless entry, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth for phone calls, and a 4.2-inch display.

Ford Fiesta SE

The SE’s starting price is $15,435. It adds power windows, cruise control, a trip computer, and MyKey, which allows you to set speed and volume limits for individual drivers.

For $995, you can add the SE Appearance package. It comes with multimedia upgrades including the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, and satellite radio. You’ll also get 16-inch wheels, fog lights, and driver's seat lumbar support.

The Cold Weather package ($290) adds heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, and automatic climate control.

Ford Fiesta Titanium

The Titanium trim starts at $19,195 and comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the SE’s features, the Titanium comes with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. That means you also get a 6.5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and two USB ports. It’s not all about entertainment, though. The Titanium also touts leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, 16-inch wheels, and a proximity key with push-button start.

Upgrades for the Titanium trim include a moonroof ($795) and navigation ($795).

Ford Fiesta ST

Available only as a hatchback, the Fiesta ST has a starting price of $21,285. It features a 197-horsepower engine, a six-speed manual transmission, a sport suspension, and performance brakes. Other trim-specific niceties include aluminum pedals and summer tires with 17-inch wheels. The Fiesta ST ditches the leather upholstery and heated front seats from the Titanium trim in favor of cloth sport seats.

The ST Recaro package ($1,995) gives the Fiesta ST heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and uniquely colored Recaro sport seats. Like the Titanium trim, the Fiesta ST can be equipped with a moonroof and navigation.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Ford Fiesta combines value and performance, making it a great choice in the subcompact car class. It boasts sharp handling and a nice-for-the-price cabin with intuitive tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Still, the Fiesta’s rivals cater to a different set of needs. The Honda Fit offers more room for passengers and cargo, but its performance trails the Fiesta’s. Popular features like power windows and cruise control are missing from the base Fiesta, requiring you to spend extra. That’s where rivals like the Toyota Yaris and Yaris iA swoop in to impress shoppers with standard amenities like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Ford has been selling this generation of the Fiesta since 2011. That's a long time in the automotive world to go without a full redesign, but the Fiesta's inherent goodness has kept it in good standing. About the only significant criticism we can level at it is its lack of space. … Overall, though, we think the 2018 Fiesta is a smart choice for a fun and inexpensive car." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its entry-level status and sub-$16,000 starting price, the Fiesta brings efficiency, good looks and robust technology to the table." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "… Ford's Fiesta subcompact has a more premium feel than its modest price tag would suggest. While its quirky dual-clutch automatic transmission and limited rear seat/cargo space mean it won't be perfect for everyone, the Fiesta does impress with sporty driving dynamics and a boatload of available technology and comfort features." -- Left Lane News (2016)
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