The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST is a textbook case in how to make a fun, fast, exciting car while at the same time making it an excellent long-term value with a best-in-class 5-Year Cost to Own figure.
The Fiesta ST starts with a car we already like: The Ford Fiesta, which is arguably one of the sportiest subcompact hatchbacks you can buy right out of the gate. To it, Ford adds a 197-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine connected to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The suspension and brakes are upgraded as well to take advantage of the more powerful engine. The Fiesta hatchback's already good looks are further enhanced with front and rear styling unique to the Fiesta ST. Inside, there are more heavily bolstered seats with contrast stitching and other touches that remind you that you're not driving some everyday commuter.
Part of the reason for the Fiesta's excellent 5-year cost to own numbers are its low price. You can get into a Fiesta ST for about $22,000, a screaming deal by anybody's standards. Even fully loaded with Recaro sport seats, a sunroof, and navigation with Sync3, the Fiesta ST still comes in at about $25,600.