Digging It - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Digging It

November 05, 2012

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I'm a rear wheel-drive guy, so it takes a damned good front wheel drive car to win me over.  I have a short list of FWD cars I truly enjoy: Integra Type R, Mazdaspeed 3... hmm, not many others leap to mind....

Our longterm 2013 Ford Focus ST is securely on that list. It' refined, turns in like a shark, sounds great and is way punchier than I expected. It' rewarding to drive without being over the top in any way. Much as I enjoy the Speed3, it doesn't have this car' cohesiveness. And unlike the GTI (the car that inevitably ends up being compared to the Focus ST), you can turn the ST' stability control off...

Whether the ST would be a better car if it was rear wheel drive is an irrelevant musing; mental, uh, "self-stimulation". The Focus ST is real, it' good, and you owe it to yourself to drive one. Especially if you're a RWD snob like me.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


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