But the question you have yet to answer is...is the lack of quality ok at $21-$22K? You keep saying it's a 26K car, and the one you saw with your own eyes did cost that much because of the options, but the options do not make the car, they supplement it... Think of it as a $21K car with $5k in optional options. With zero options (or only the moonroof since you say you want it), would the car be worth the price then? You know you can order a car exactly how you want it right? You don't have to buy a car off the lot. The biggest issue with that is obviously wait time. Or do your own searching around and see if you can find a car at another dealer that fits what you want. If you let the dealer search for you the ball is in their court. I just test drove an ST with only moonroof, nav, and green paint. It did not drive any different than the ST I drove fully optioned out at $26k and orange paint...nor did the black car with recaros, moonroof, and silver wheels...or the green one with zero options...or the silver one with recaros, moonroof, and silver wheels. I have driven 7 STs in total since September. The only difference in driving feel was the Recaros, and they are great. If you don't like them or don't want to pay for them, the standard seats really aren't terrible and I wasn't overly feeling "man, I'd rather be sitting in Recaros now" because I was just having fun driving the ST. Yes, when I buy my own ST it will have the Recaros and I'm fine with the price hike. So in closing, if you think $21k is too much for the Fiesta ST, then the Fiesta ST is not for you. It is the same car at $21k as it is at $26k. It does not have a different engine, suspension, transmission, or interior quality. If you think $21-$22K is about right for the quality then try and find a base model or order one exactly as you want it. Shoot, that green one with no options I drove awhile back is still on the lot and it's now listed at $20,995. You can find deals out there, you just need to put in a little legwork to make it happen.