Earns an A Rating - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Earns an A Rating

April 3, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Edmunds recently began assigning letter grades to each and every vehicle it tests. Here's a link to the most recent batch of letter grades by vehicle segment. The 2013 Ford Focus ST, our very own long-term test vehicle, in fact, underwent the laborious process and emerged with an A. See the details here.

What's involved? Besides our usual battery of instrumented testing (learn more here) at our test track, there's a 24-category rubric that scores everything from ingress/egress, cargo space and utility to ownership experience and fun-to-drive quotient. To gather much of the data that informs those scores, each vehicle is driven over a 115-mile Los Angeles drive loop consisting of a wide variety of conditions including stop-and-go traffic (natch), tricky canyon roads, rough surfaces, smooth surfaces, grooved freeways, and smooth highways.

Would you agree with our A rating for the 2013 Ford Focus ST? Any owners feel otherwise?

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 8,856 miles


  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    As the owner of an ST3, I would agree with the A rating. This is my third 5-door hatchback in a row and while previous ones have had better interior materials and fit-and-finish or better interior packaging, neither was anywhere near as fun to drive as the ST.

  • eclogite eclogite Posts:

    These ratings make no sense at all. Take the rating you gave the RAV4, for example. Edmunds gives it an 'A', but it received a 'B' in 3 of 5 categories. More than that, in the two categories where Edmunds awards an 'A', it received more individual 'B' ratings than 'A' for the subcategories. How does that work? Without more additional data behind the ratings (e.g. 4 B's + 1 A = A), this tool is worthless. Worse, it's misleading.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    You guys made it pretty clear that it's a fun to drive car with hatch utility. The only things that puts me off is the lack of LSD (your canyon runs and autoX sections made it clear this car still needs one), the infotainment system and the quality control issues that at least first year cars seem to be plagued with. Fix these things and it sounds like an everyday hero.

  • sideswiper sideswiper Posts:

    what the hell? every car gets an A or a B and that's a rating system? That's called binary.

  • dharbin dharbin Posts:

    I like the Focus, and it's fine for Edmunds to attempt to simplify their ratings. But when I see A's for the ILX, CR-V and Sienna (all hugely boring vehicles in my mind), I just can't give the rating systems much credence. Is the CR-V that much better than the CX-5? The ILX seems so very mediocre -- that's an A? I guess I don't understand the criteria.

  • lukas_m lukas_m Posts:

    Not to be that guy, but the rating summary starts with this: "The Focus ST is the best sport compact sorld today." Perhaps "sorld" should have been "sold"?

  • orbhot orbhot Posts:

    I agree with the A rating even though Consumer Reports shows below average reliability for the Focus (as is the case with all Ford models). So far though, I have to disagree with that reliability rating since the only problems I've had with my ST are with the MyFord Touch entertainment/navigation system, and they've all been software, like crashes other temporary random problems. Unsure about the long-term reliability though.

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