Time to Call Dibs on an ST-badged Ford That Isn't a Light Truck

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

While European customers can look forward to many more years of new Ford Fiestas, the same can’t be said of American buyers. Ford’s smallest domestic passenger car ceases production next summer, but there’s still time to have fun before our future gives way to sport crossovers.

For 2019, the scrappy Fiesta ST hot hatch continues unaltered, while customers gain a new Fiesta trim offering plenty of flash and probably no extra dash.

According to order guides seen by CarsDirect (h/t to CNET), the Fiesta enters its final model year with a price decrease of more than $3,600 for the entry-level model. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder carries over, boasting — if that’s a proper word — 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque.

A 2018 Fiesta S sedan carries a $14,205 sticker, plus a $875 destination charge. This model carries a standard five-speed manual. The hatch variant tacks on a few hundred bucks. Yes, it looks like there’s a deal to be had on basic Ford transportation come 2019.

The ST is where the real fun’s at, though. With the same 197 hp and 202 lb-ft on tap from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost motor, the top-rung 2019 Fiesta adds just $55 to its sticker for its final model year. That brings its sans-destination MSRP to $21,340. Of course, if extra power does nothing for you, or if your wallet can’t handle the added bucks, the order guides show an ST Line Fiesta for 2019.

The ST Line hands over some the appearance goodies but keeps the powertrain stock. Or at least that’s what the trim’s 1.6-liter engine selection suggests, though the “TBD” power figure should have Ford fans holding out hope for a smidgen of added thrust. Unlike the ST, the ST Line ditches a six-speed manual for a five-speed shifter or optional six-speed PowerShift automatic (a $1,095 option). We highly suggest you don’t select the latter tranny.

What does the lesser of the STs cost? $18,500 after destination. For that price, you’ll gain the ST’s fancy front fascia, rear spoiler, and dual chrome tips poking from beneath the rear bumper. Wheel size sheds an inch of diameter compared to the ST, with the 10-spoke black-painted hoops shod with P195/50R16 tires.

While you can forget about the ST’s sport suspension in this lesser trim, as well as a power driver’s seat, there will be “sport embossed bolsters” to nestle your backside into. There’s also a limited color palette that doesn’t get as wild as the ST’s.

If any of this appeals to you, you’ll get your chance to spring for the faux ST or its authentic sibling later this year. It’ll be your last chance to make a FiST.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 12, 2018

    I didn't by a B13 SE-R in 94 when they went away. I have kicked myself for almost 25 years. I didn't miss the boat on the FiST. It is, IMHO that good. For the record I drove and was close to pulling the trigger on a 330. It had some similar such "M Line" nonesense or something like that which basically meant sporty seats with the extenders and a nicer steering wheel with the M logo. I could never get a straight answer on weather it had a beefed up suspension...I know they offer one. The dream was a 320 with a stick and the sport suspension. They can make em' but a couple different dealers were uninterested in finding one. For my use honestly the Fiesta is way more fun and wallet friendly but admittedly i'm not the typical buyer in this respect. Also spent 5 hours in the Fiesta going from Huntsville to Augusta GA last week. It was fine but I grew up on little cars like that so it may not be everyones cup of tea. The truck is much happier there but the gearing is way more highway friendly than something like the Fit. The Focus ST had similar incentives as did the regular variants of each. Good buy at the moment.

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    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 13, 2018

      @JohnTaurus You won't go wrong with the Civic SI either. I prefered the FiST, but if it was going to be my only car I may have gone your route (or WRX). It is loud and raw in many respects. I did drive the Civic SI and the Type R. They were both fantastic as well. We live in a great era if you can get past the styling.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 13, 2018

    What really saddens me is that we have an article about what is at least, a once in a couple of decades type car and again, nobody cares. Then again maybe it is good that all the gasbags are back to talking about chickens and tariffs.

    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jul 13, 2018

      That's true. And this being a Ford, it would mostly be "every Ford should come with a bus schedule" and "hard to believe the cars in the pictures aren't on fire already". But, a Hyundai Accent review is full of "I think small cars like this are great" and "this is what 90% of the world needs". Look at that F-150 rental review. Its as cheap as a non-existent $10,000 Hyundai inside! Everyone with an EcoBoost gets 12 mpg going down hill with a tail wind! Everyone who has ever owned a Ford truck NEVER uses it as a truck, they're all status symbols (unlike my Lexus, of course).

  • Juan Let's do an 1000 mile drive and see who gets there first.
  • Eliyahu CVT needed for MPG. Outback is indeed the legacy of, err, the Legacy.
  • Gayneu I can comment on these. My wife always thought the Minis were "cute" so I bought her a used 2005 (non-S, 5 speed) for one of her "special" birthdays. She loved it and I kinda did too. Somehow a hole developed in the transmission case and the fluid drained out, ruining the car (too expensive to fix). A local mechanic bought it for $800.We then bought a used 2015 S (6 speed) which we still have today (80k miles). Her sister just bought a used S as well (also manual). It has been a dependable car but BMW-priced maintenance and premium gas hurts for sure. I think the earlier generation (like in the article) were better looking with cleaner lines. The 2015 S rides too stiff for me (Chicago roads) but is a hoot on smooth ones. It does seem to shift weird - its hard to describe but it shifts differently from every other manual I have driven. No matter how hard I try, so won't let go of her Mini.
  • Crown Seems like they cut some cylinders too.A three cylinder...where are they planning on selling that??
  • Slavuta "There’s also the problem of climate change, and the more intense weather that comes along with it"How could one even write something like this? We don't have more intense weather. We have better weather. When Earth started, it was a fiery ball. We don't know what weather was in 1700. And even if we know some of it in Europe, we don't know what was happening in Africa, South America, Oceania, etc. We have people living in places where they did not live before. We have news that report weather related events minutes later or during. This did not happen before. There is no evidence that we have an increase in intensity. I looked into historical records in the area where I live - there is not much movement at all between 1970 and now. And remember - none of the previous weather predictions have materialized.