The Fiesta ST was the best automotive to ever be bought in the USA of America. So, naturally, Ford has determined to cease promoting it right here.
Growth. How’s that for an opener, y’all? I imply, I can simply image the keyboard warriors studying these sentences and fumbling their bag of Cheetos whereas working to Reddit to say that ol’ Bark is off his rocker once more.
“He needs to be fired — not simply from TTAC, however from the complete web! Has he forgotten concerning the 1994 Camry, for Hillary’s sake?”
As Aaron Rodgers would say, “R-E-L-A-X.” I’m going to take a second to elucidate to you why the best mistake I ever made was returning my 2015 Fiesta ST on the finish of my lease.
I come to not bury the FiST, however to reward it. There have assuredly been automobiles with higher interiors, superior building, finer audio techniques, and fewer squeaky clutch pedals than the aforementioned Fiesta ST. After all, there have been sooner automobiles. However by no means earlier than in American historical past — and sure, by no means once more — will there be a automotive that value so little, supplied a lot enjoyable, and was so completely and utterly, effectively, sensible.
Must run to the grocery retailer? The Fiesta ST will gladly accommodate your week’s price of groceries for a household of 4. How a couple of cross-country drive to a household reunion? Two adults and two kids will likely be fairly glad within the inside of the Fiesta, and also you’ll get round 35 mpg whereas doing it. Need to go dominate your native autocross? The FiST is a category killer in almost inventory type — simply add higher tires and also you’re good to go. How a couple of observe day? Watch me gobble up a Porsche Cayman at NCM Motorsports Park right here.
The sparse inside, the overheating engine (mine by no means overheated, however I do know many did), and the squeaky pedals in some way turned a part of the automotive’s attraction. They had been a little bit of a wink, wink, nudge, nudge from the OEM — like in some way, with the intention to have a FWD hatch with pure throttle oversteer, we needed to lower a nook right here or there. However you don’t thoughts, do you? After all you don’t.
I can consider no different automotive, save for the NA/NB Miata, that was so extensively owned by the automotive journalist cadre. When individuals who have free automobiles delivered to their driveways each week pony up their very own cash for the precise to personal a automotive, particularly folks whose wage barely surpasses the poverty line, that alone speaks to the greatness of the Fiesta ST.
Our personal Timothy Cain did a masterful job outlining the causes for the American demise of the Fiesta ST yesterday, stating that America’s thirst for crossovers is making — natch, has made the B phase irrelevant on this aspect of the Atlantic. I definitely don’t declare to be an “business insider” (that’s a time period principally utilized by individuals who have by no means, ever, not by no means labored within the automotive business), however I’ve to assume the departure of 1 Mr. Fields from the CEO chair has brought about some, let’s consider, reevaluation of how Ford is spending its cash.
The Fiesta has by no means been an enormous vendor within the States, barely cracking the highest 100 total and inserting behind the Blue Oval’s personal Expedition (which I had kinda forgotten that they nonetheless promote) and barely forward of the Taurus (which everyone outdoors of you native PD’s best had forgotten that they nonetheless promote). However the Fiesta ST accounted for rather more of the mannequin’s gross sales than it had any proper to, particularly when you think about that the FiST was by no means accessible as something aside from a six-speed handbook.
One of many instructors on the ST Octane Academy, Ford’s one-day program at Utah Motorsports Park for anyone who bought a Fiesta or Focus ST, informed me that a lot of his college students who made the trek to Salt Lake had been simply individuals who needed to purchase the “greatest Fiesta they might get.” Sarcastically, the Fiesta ST wasn’t actually the perfect “Fiesta” — it’s not geared for metropolis driving, and the suspension was a bit of stiff to your common retiree on a hard and fast revenue — however for 4 mannequin years, it completely was the perfect Ford you can purchase. And I ought to know.
I bought my Boss 302 as a result of the Fiesta ST stored it within the storage. I in contrast my Focus RS to it and located the RS to be missing in some ways — and it value twice as a lot. Throughout my hiatus from this website, I really made two additional lease funds on the Fiesta for no motive aside from I couldn’t stand to take it again.
“Uh, Mr. Baruth, are you positive you need to do that?” requested the Ford Credit score customer support rep. “Why don’t you simply purchase out the lease?”
“As a result of I completely can not justify having two blue Ford hatchbacks,” I replied weakly.
“However isn’t that precisely what you’re doing by making these additional…”
“Go away me alone, I do know what I’m doing!”
In the end, my financial institution stability sheet couldn’t justify the additional funds, so I needed to relent and take it again. I felt precise anger towards the poor F&I man who processed my return. I needed to shout at him, “Why are you being so damned cavalier about this? Why aren’t you providing me some sizzling tea, or a hug, or one thing? I’m returning the best automotive bought in America! I want some counseling to be made accessible to me, like I might if I had been pressured to learn a Ben Shapiro article!” However he did none of these issues. In truth, he took my phrase for the mileage with out even bothering to go verify it himself.
Earlier than I am going, I’ll make one more daring proclamation — the 2014-2017 Fiesta ST will turn into the Miata for the Millennial technology of racers. There’s already enough aftermarket tuning help for the automotive, and as they begin to slide below $10,000 on the public sale, you’ll see much more spring up at observe days, autocrosses, and even SCCA and NASA races. I might love to show one right into a Class 1 or 2 American Endurance Racing automotive in some unspecified time in the future, supplied that I might resolve for the ever-present overheating points.
America wants an amazing, reasonably priced sports activities automotive. When the remaining FiSTs disappear from seller heaps, the place will the children go to get their low cost velocity machines with manufacturer-supplied warranties? The place will the outdated males who want to have the ability to justify the acquisition of a “enjoyable automotive” be capable to discover a 197-hp hatchback with room sufficient for the kiddos? Each NAFTA supporters (Hecho en Hermosillo) and Nationalists (yay for no bailout cash, Ford!) can discover pleasure within the little hatchback that might.
So I’ll add my voice to Mr. Cain’s. You probably have the means, I extremely advocate going to your native Ford retailer and selecting one up. As a result of, chances are high we’ll by no means see the likes of the Fiesta ST on these shores once more.