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How Much Does a Ford Fiesta Cost?

Ford Fiesta Prices


Older drivers may recall the first incarnation of the Ford Fiesta that was available in the United States from 1997-1980. The current version of this subcompact car has grown up a lot since those days. It now offers a level of refinement and attention to detail that makes it stand out in its class, which includes the Honda Fit, Cooper Mini, Mazda 3, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa.

The Ford Fiesta has been available in Europe since 2008, where smaller, fuel-efficient cars have long been popular. One reason why domestic economy cars never caught stateside is that they were known for being poorly built and unreliable (think: Escort, Neon, and Cavalier). Ford has gone to great lengths to make their affordable subcompact stand out from the competition. Critics and drivers are unanimous in declaring their efforts a success!

Ford Fiesta MSRP

S Sedan $13,230
SE Sedan $14,320
SE Hatch $15,120
SEL Sedan $16,320
SES Hatch $17,120

The Fiesta is available as a sedan or a hatchback, a claim that few of its competitors can match. No matter which you choose you won't be disappointed by the array of features Ford has managed to package into the small body of the Fiesta. All models are powered by a 1.6 liter inline-4 cylinder engine with 120 horsepower that will put you from 0-60 in under 10 seconds. True, there are faster cars, but one of the main appeals of the Fiesta is that it offers hybrid-like fuel economy. Ford estimates that a Fiesta gets 30-40 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway and 29-38 mpg in the city!

Good fuel economy does not mean the Fiesta is a drag to drive. In fact, it is among the most fun to drive cars in its class. Its smooth, solid ride belies its size, enabling you to nimbly navigate winding roads and smoothly change gears with either the standard 5 speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic. The ride is solid and the steering is responsive, which can be partially credited to the Fiesta's weight. At 2,600 pounds, it is not the lightest little car out there; it also certainly isn't the most cheaply built.

Ford added a number of small touches to the interior that make it feel decidedly up-market. The low seat offers a cockpit-like driver's experience and metallic accents add an unexpected premium feel to this economy car. The controls are intuitive and simple to use, and a number of premium features, such as Ford's unique multimedia voice-command system, 16-inch wheels, and a premium 6-speaker satellite sound system, are available.

When it first came out in the seventies, the Fiesta was a bit of a joke. Then, the joke was on us as Europeans were privileged to this tidy little compact while America, birthplace of the Ford, slowly caught on to the small car revolution. Now, at last, the Ford Fiesta has come home. With a wide a variety of options, a rewarding drive, excellent fuel economy and a cabin that will make you forget what you paid, the car is poised to climb to the top of its class.

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