By on July 12, 2018

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.

Image: Ford

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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19 Comments on “Time to Call Dibs on an ST-badged Ford That Isn’t a Light Truck...”

  • avatar

    I just wish we’d have gotten the Fiesta 3 door. I’d love to consider an FiST along with the Civic Si (yes, I realize the Fiesta is a size down), but I do not want a 5 door.

    (Likewise, if the Civic was sedan- or 5 door-only, I’d probably just get a used, late-model Accord coupe.)

    • 0 avatar

      Civic Si is a far better choice if you’re doing any significant amount of highway driving anyway – that sucker’s loud on the highway.

      And I’m still gonna recommend the Elantra Sport for you.

      • 0 avatar

        Too many doors, just like the FiST! I’m a single guy with no kids, and I already have a sedan, no need for another.

        • 0 avatar

          Exactly the reason I’ve not replaced my zx3 with another Ford product. TBH, it just can’t be replaced with anything on the market – I got 3 door Golf and then upgraded to one of last 3 door GTIs but the driving characteristics and paint color of the old ride (204k and counting) just can’t be matched. Should had bought 2 originally and put one in cosmoline;)

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Why? I don’t see the rear door handles from the drivers seat. You are ruling out some of the best vehicles in the class just to get rid of 2 doors. It is your money and I got it…I’ve been really hung up on some odd features but you really do cut out some wonderful driving cars that are an incredible value at the moment for the sake of having a 2 door. 4-5 k on the hood of the Focus and Fiesta ST right now. Again, your money…I’m just genuinely curious.

      • 0 avatar

        I get your point, I don’t deny that the FiST is amazing, though I haven’t driven one (I haven’t driven the current Civic Si either), I’m just wanting the style and such that you don’t get with a 4 or 5 door.

        I started out wanting an Accord coupe, and not a V-6, just an I-4/manual. I drive a new one a couple years ago, albeit an auto, and I loved it. Then Honda killed them.

        The Civic Si came into my thought process after realizing how much I liked the EM1, and then realizing the going rate for an unmodified example in excellent condition. So, I decided to check out the current Si, and despite some reservations about the styling (the rear, mostly), I like it a lot.

        So, you see, my goal was always to get a car with a manual, four cylinders and two side doors. I’ve driven a newer Focus and Fiesta, albeit not ST models, and I don’t care for the rather narrow doors on the Fiesta, as well as the confined driver area. I’m not a huge guy, hell, by American standards, I’m not even a big guy (5’11”, under 200lbs), but I just found it cramped (both the entry/exit and the seating area). Like I said, the 3 door model may have been ideal for me. I know I can get into and out of, as well as feel less confined when inside, other small cars with two doors vs 4.

        I totally get why Ford didn’t bring it (3 door Fiesta) to this market, its meager sales wouldn’t have justified the expense of getting it to pass crash tests and modifying the assembly plant to produce it for this market. Hell, it doesn’t even sound like the 4 and 5 door versions were worth the investment to bring here. But, leading into/during/after the Great Recession, everybody said small cars are where its going to be. So, like GM, Ford brought them (new Focus, C-Max Hybrid and Fiesta) here, only to have utilities and trucks continue to make money, and to receive no return on its investment to bring small cars here.

        Back on point, it is a style preference, but there are also other reasons behind it, especially on a smaller car like Fiesta.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Rock on then. Again, I get it. If I could slap that B13 Sentra SE-R body on my FiST I’d like it even more…can’t lie there.

          Having shopped for cars from the era you describe however, you are correct…pickings on the ground are slim. You have a better chance of getting a nice, unmolested E30 BMW, but bring your checkbook to that party, espically a coupe.

          • 0 avatar

            Nahh, my preference for that era BMW is the 318Ti, and I’d find a wrekced 6 cylinder car to use to swap its engine into the hatch.

            Its one of the list of cars I’d consider if I went with my “fleet of older cars” route.

            The thing is, I have never bought a brand new car, and IMO, a Civic Si is not the kind of car you want used (obviously there are exceptions, but few people buy them to pamper and never break 2500 RPM with). That’s what is the pull. And, I like the styling, the faux vents on the rear bumper are toned down compared to the sedan and hatch. I have no desire for the Type R, I’d rather get a Focus RS (or more likely, a loaded Mustang GT 6MT).

  • avatar

    …. Or get any one of the many 2018 Fiesta STs that are currently being sold for about $16K.

    Heck, there’s a Focus ST for $16K on Autotrader, and a gazillion near $18K.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I just got a new 2018 ST for right at 17 OTD with a moonroof. Skipped the recaros though. You can lease a base one for around 200 a month, have a ton of fun beating it like a rental for 2 years and give it back (or keep it if nothing better comes along). As of a week ago there was 4 grand on the hood plus another grand if you were military or a first responder. 5 grand on a car hovering around 22k is pretty significant. Honestly it comes close to paying for itself with the difference in fuel compared to my F150.

  • avatar

    I had Fiesta and Focus. Both great cars—except for PowerShud-d-d-er transmission. Recommend everyone avoid PowerShud-d-d-er. Hard to believe Ford is still making it.

  • avatar

    Don’t want four doors?
    Invest in a TIG welder :)

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Also I drove one of the regular 5 speed Fiestas (Ford racing or some other entity offers a performance suspension for the regular ST) and I had thought of the whole 1.0 ecoboost slow car fast with a nice suspension but the ST’s shifter is on a different planet and I wasn’t sure about a fix.

    • 0 avatar

      Congrats on the purchase, I find no fault in it, and I’m happy that you’re happy.. I can’t say I wouldn’t like to drive one, but I seriously doubt I’d choose it over the coupe(s) I’m considering.

      I have a long while to weigh my options. I may not even go with a new/newish car in the end. I may also decide to go for a 4×4 truck instead (99.9% chance it will have a blue oval if I do). I have also wanted to build a collection of affordable (older) cars I have always wanted, and I may go that route still.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        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.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    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.

    • 0 avatar

      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).

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