2013 Ford Focus ST: Blamestorming The Poor MPG
April 4, 2013
You probably want to blame us, the Edmunds editors, for our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST's less-than-stellar fuel economy. Or maybe you think fault lies with the EPA's testing procedure. We've been averaging around 22 miles per gallon, which is below the EPA 23 mpg city rating, not to mention the 26 mpg combined rating.
Truth is, the blame lies solely with Ford. They're the ones who dropped such a fantastic turbo four-cylinder into the engine bay of the Focus ST. If a smile doesn't creep across your face every time you plow into the throttle, there's something wrong with you. Seriously, make an appointment to go see someone right now.
We're just not used to this much power and refinement (yeah, I'm looking at you Mazdaspeed3) in a hot hatch. The Focus ST's 252 horsepower comes on in such a smooth yet forceful manner that you continually find yourself laying into the throttle. Has a sporty note, too.
I try to use restraint. But it's just so darn hard when the car is this darn enjoyable.
Plus, it's a fantastic machine for squirting in and out of those precious few open lanes in our clogged SoCal traffic.
So don't blame us if we occasionally return some poor mpg numbers with the Focus ST. Blame Ford. Them and their silly-fun turbocharged engine.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 9,090 miles