A popular commuter car with a sporty spirit!
The Ford Fiesta is a great option for drivers who want to introduce a little rally racing spirit to their daily commute. Now in its sixth generation (model years 2009-2019) in the U.S., this budget-friendly subcompact car delivers fun driving dynamics with some of the latest infotainment technology. Check out this Ford Fiesta review to learn more about what makes this vehicle so popular with our customers.
- Key Specs & Features
- 5 Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Years in Review
- The Bottom Line
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Key Specs & Features (Sixth Generation, 2009-present)
- Available as a sedan or hatchback
- Range of available engines: 120-horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder, 123-horsepower 1.0L EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder (2014-2017), or 197-horsepower 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine (2014-current)
- Range of transmissions: Five-speed manual, six-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed manual transmission (ST-only, 2014-2019)
- Standard Sync ® voice command, and optional Sync3 touch-screen infotainment system (2016-present)
5 Reasons to Buy
1. Two body styles
The 2009-2019 Ford Fiesta is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. The feature list remains mostly the same between the two body styles, and the main difference is the increased cargo carrying capacity from the hatchback to make this car more practical for everyday living.
In the trunk of the sedan, you'll find 12.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, but the longer roofline of the hatchback, paired with a tailgate increases that space to 14.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity to fit bulkier items such as golf clubs.
2. It's fun to drive
"Nimble" is a word often used to describe the Ford Fiesta. Its responsive driving dynamics and tight handling paired with an optional turbo-charged EcoBoost engine make daily commutes less drab. It's also one of the few vehicles on the market that still offer a manual transmission for drivers who don't want the car shifting for them. The 197-horsepower 1.6L engine and sport-tuned suspension on the ST model expresses some of the rally racing pedigree, which you don't often find in a subcompact car.
3. Attractive styling
Bold colors and optional graphics lend a lot of personality to this small car. The 2018 and newer models offer Orange Spice, Outrageous Green and other attention-grabbing exterior paint colors. Trims such as SE Black and ST add sporty details to the interior and exterior of the vehicle, like 16-inch black alloy wheels and chrome exhaust tips that call out the rally style spirit of the Ford Fiesta.
The smaller size of the Ford Fiesta is great for the urban commute. You’ll enjoy both weekly commutes and weekend adventures. For example, the 2019 Ford Fiesta boasts 25.4 ft. of cargo space with the seats folded down to carry all your gear. Five seats fit your passengers comfortably and the cabin is surprisingly quiet when you hit the road!
5. Voice command everything
Standard in the Ford Fiesta (from 2014 onward) is the Sync® hands-free voice activation system. Sync lets you control some in-vehicle features using only voice commands, designed to help you do things like change music stations or make phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel.
What You Need to Know
Ford Fiesta Average CarMax Prices1
- 2014-2017: Average price less than $12,000.
- 2018: Average price less than $13,000.
2013 Ford Fiesta
S: Available as a sedan or hatchback, the base trim includes a 120-horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, 15-inch wheels, AM-FM stereo with auxiliary input, four speakers, and air conditioning.
SE: In addition to the base features, the SE includes cruise control, upgraded cloth upholstery, CD/MP3 player, six speakers, and power windows and door locks with keyless entry.
Titanium: A smarter looking version of the Fiesta with 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a power front driver's seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, push-button start, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB inputs, and a security system.
2014-2015 Ford Fiesta
S: The base Fiesta for 2014 and 2015 also came as a sedan or hatchback. With a 120-horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, CD/MP3 player, USB, Sync, six speakers, power locks, keyless entry, manually-adjustable front seats, and air conditioning.
SE: The SE trim adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and alloy wheels.
Titanium: Boasting a few more tech features including MyFord Touch, a 6.5-inch LCD touch screen, and a Sony HD audio system with external amplifier and rear-mounted subwoofer.
ST: This sporty model is only available as a hatchback. You'll get 17-inch wheels, a fantastic 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, and six-speed manual transmission. The improved braking, steering, suspension, and three-mode stability control make this a real driver's car. It also comes equipped with fog lights, front bucket seats, seventeen-inch grey-finished alloy wheels, dual exhaust outlets, rear spoiler, and a unique front clip and body kit.
S: Again, available as a sedan or hatchback, the 2016 model sees a few upgrades as-standard on previous years including remote entry, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth/USB integration, and a six-speaker sound system.
SE: The 2016 SE version adds automatic headlamps with wiper activation, power side view mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors and turn signal indicators, cruise control, MyKey, leather-wrapped steering wheel, message center with trip computer, and ambient lighting.
Titanium: Adding onto previous years, then Titanium trim includes adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear view camera, automatic temperature control, SYNC3, 6.5-inch color LCD touch screen, AppLink®, 911 Assist®, two smart-charging USB ports, Sony HD audio, eight speakers, SiriusXM, heated sideview mirrors and reverse sensing system.
ST: The 2016 sport model also comes as hatchback only. As well as the performance upgrades expected from this trim, you'll get front bucket seats, a rear spoiler, interior trim accents, a leather shift knob, and ST sport cloth seats.
S: Standard features in 2017 included CD player with MP3 capability, power side mirrors, Bluetooth/USB integration, keyless entry and a tire pressure monitoring system.
SE: The SE trim includes cruise control, 3.5-inch message display, ambient lighting, 12-volt rear power point, leather wrapped steering wheel, and power windows.
Titanium: Adding more tech features, the Titanium offers Sync 3, a 6.5-inch LCD touch screen, the Sony HD audio system, SiriusXM, automatic temperature control, push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear view camera, fog lamps, heated side-view mirrors, and reverse sensing system.
ST: On top of the performance upgrades, the 2017 Fiesta ST includes rear spoiler, interior and exterior trim accents, aluminum pedals, leather shift knob, and ST sport cloth seats.
2018 Ford Fiesta
S: Once again available in the two body styles and now including a 4.2 LCD display, 911 Assist, AppLink, USB port, and a CD player with MP3 capability.
SE: This trim adds automatic headlights and wipers, MyKey, rear 12-volt power outlet, power windows, and cruise control.
Titanium: For music lovers, this is a well-equipped trim that includes Sony HD audio, SiriusXM, 911 Assist, AppLink , and Apple CarPlay ™, and Android Auto ™ compatibility.
ST: The 2018 ST trim includes dual chrome exhaust tips, performance tires, full-size spare tire, sport suspension, three-mode stability control, aluminum sport pedal covers, and interior and exterior accents.
- Bohai Bay Mint
- Hot Pepper Red Metallic
- Lightning Blue
- Magnetic Shadow Black
- Orange Spice Metallic
- Outrageous Green Metallic
- Oxford White
- White Platinum Metallic
Interior colors (2018-present)
- Medium light storm leather
- Charcoal black cloth, and leather
- Charcoal black sport cloth with red or silver stitching
- Charcoal black cloth with sterling stone accents
- Charcoal black leather with molten orange/smoke storm cloth accents
Years in Review
2013 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, and Titanium. Equipped with a 120 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. Standard features include 15-inch wheels, power side view mirrors, and auto-locking doors.
2014 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Adds a 123 horsepower 1.0L EcoBoost turbocharged engine and six-speed PowerShift SFE transmission as options, and introduces MyKey driver controls and MyFord Touch system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display as options. Also new for 2014 is the ST performance model, which is equipped with a 197-horsepower 1.6L EcoBoost turbocharged engine with 202 lb-ft of torque.
2015 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. There were no significant changes from the previous model year. New features include revised fabric seat trim, new 16-inch alloy wheels available on SE, a Lower Door Stripe Graphic Package offered as a custom accessory on S, SE and Titanium, and the new Magnetic Metallic exterior color becomes available.
2016 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Adds new standard equipment, including remote keyless entry and perimeter alarm. Introduces SE Black Package, which includes 16-inch eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, a black grille, black dual power/heated exterior mirrors and fog lamps with carbon black painted bezels. Ford's Sync3 voice command system becomes available on some trims.
2017 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Minor appearance changes were made, including two new wheels for 2017: a 15-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheel standard on Fiesta SE and a 16-inch premium Sparkle Silver-painted wheel standard on Titanium. Two new color options for 2017 include Chrome Copper, and Bohai Bay Mint.
2018 Ford Fiesta - Available trims: S, SE, Titanium, ST. There were no major changes to the Fiesta, but a rear view camera was added as a standard feature to all trims and the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was removed as an option. New colors include Lightning Blue, Hot Pepper Red Metallic, Outrageous Green Metallic. Removed colors include Blue Candy Metallic, Chrome Copper, and Ruby Red Metallic.
New for 2019 - The sedan is available in S and SE trims, and hatchback is available in SE and new ST Line trim. The ST Line is available with manual or automatic transmission, body-color rocker molding and blacked-out roof, large rear spoiler and mirrors, honeycomb grille and rear fascia insert, dual chrome exhaust tips, 16-inch black alloy wheels, ST-Line side badging , sport cloth seating with red stitching, metallic inserts in the pedals and shifter, and leather-trimmed steering wheel with red stitching.
The Bottom Line
There's a lot to love about the versatile Ford Fiesta, which is why it has such a strong following. It's a solid commuter car with rally racing DNA embedded in its platform. Eye-catching colors help differentiate this subcompact from other budget options, and ST performance trims evoke even more of that sporty spirit, with a powerful engine and higher-tuned driving dynamics.
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1Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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