2013 Ford Focus ST: Earns an A Rating
April 3, 2013
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