Dual Purpose Machine - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Dual Purpose Machine

June 19, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I have a small thing to admit: There are times when I get a little down on our Ford Focus ST. If I'm driving it enthusiastically, for instance, I've occasionally thought how I prefer the more elemental and communicative nature of our Scion FR-S and Subaru BR-Z long-termers. And during my recent family road trip, it occurred to me that it would have been a lot easier of a trip if I had something like our Honda CR-V to drive.

But when I mentally step back out of the immediate moment and think about all the Focus ST can do, the car quickly moves back into my good graces.

It's the dual-purpose nature of our Focus ST that makes it so appealing. If I owned an FR-S, I'd love it but there are a lot of daily life things I could never do with it (say, make trips to my storage unit, a favorite pastime of mine pictured above). In contrast, a CR-V would be quite useful but not at all entertaining to drive. The Focus? It's pretty good in both aspects.

If you can own just one car and need it to serve two masters, the 2013 Focus ST shines.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,614 miles

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