You might think that the Fiesta is a recent Ford model, but the Fiesta has been around for over forty years. The first Ford Fiesta rolled into dealerships in 1976, but this sedan was more popular abroad, and Ford ceased domestic production in 1980. It wasn’t until 2011 that the sixth generation of the Ford Fiesta once again graced our shores. Sadly, the 2019 is the last model year that will be sold in the United States. While the Fiesta is a powerhouse in European and Latin American markets, its sales numbers have dwindled in the USA and Australia. But a number of used Fiestas will still drive on American roads for years to come.
Known as a subcompact car, supermini, or hot hatch, the Ford Fiesta is for those who like a speedy small car that’s a blast to drive while also enjoying the look and convenience of a hatchback. A 2019 Fiesta starts at just $14,300, but you can get a great deal on a used Fiesta, one that might even have a few more bells and whistles.
Which Model Year Should I Buy?
We’re going to automatically assume you’re looking at the sixth generation. While the first generation of Fiesta may have sold in the USA for a few years, the few that are still on the road are considered classic cars, probably rebuilt or having undergone extensive repairs or overhauls. So, we’ll focus on the model years since 2011.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but the more recent the model, the better the quality. That’s not only because time is on your side, but you’ll also avoid the transmission problems that plagued Fiestas in their first few years of production. 2011 and 2013 models are especially problematic. But by 2015 and later, transmission issues became rarer and rarer as the generation matured and Ford took active steps to correct the problems.
Keep in mind also that there was a facelift in 2014 that updated the exterior styling of the Fiesta. The Fiesta also got a little smaller and narrower in 2014. In that model year, Ford also introduced the Fiesta ST, the sportiest trim level and one that has garnered Ford much praise for athletic, turn-on-a-dime handling and steering. Finally, 2014 saw the advent of the 1.0-liter turbocharged (EcoBoost) engine. This turbocharged engine really is a thrill ride.
In later years, SYNC 3 replaced Ford MyTouch in 2016, which was a welcome change, given that MyTouch was lackluster while SYNC 3 is phenomenal. Rearview camera became standard in 2018, so you’ll want to double-check on older models to be sure if you want that life-saving and convenient technology. And a used 2019, if you can find one, offers the new ST-line trim level, providing a sporty appearance but at a lower price than the top-tier ST trim.
Whichever model year you buy, the Ford Fiesta has more than a few tricks up its sleeve, meaning you get dynamic handling and a sporty look to match.