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2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Freeway Road Trip

August 27, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I recently took a quick jaunt up to San Francisco and back in our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST. Unfortunately this was a fairly quick turnaround trip, making it a freeway blast with no time to explore back roads. Bew.

Up until this point I'd not done such a trip in the yolk-hued hatch. It turns out it's suited just fine for long slogs on the superslab given its agility elsewhere. Sure, the ride's firm, but not choppy, so you don't feel beat up when you clamber out from the depths of the heavily-bolstered driver seat.

And the torque from the turbo engine is more than adequate to dispatch the hordes of left-lane campers that infest Interstate 5. In fact, I'd say that having a surfeit of thrust awaiting underfoot is a must for managing environments like this. Otherwise you spend the trip mired in frustration, a prisoner to the brain-dead left-lane trains.

This is a really solid all-rounder, this Focus ST.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    If the road is truly that steep, they must sell a boatload of brakes & transmissions in that neck of the woods.

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    You know you're on a steep street in San Francisco when the sidewalks have steps in them...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "And the torque from the turbo engine is more than adequate to dispatch the hordes of left-lane campers that infest Interstate 5." So you admit to being an impatient right lane passer and darter as described here. http://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/ats/2013/long-term-road-test/2013-cadillac-ats-adapting-to-the-cruise-control.html Duly noted.

  • 330joy 330joy Posts:

    what neighborhood in SF is this? Potrero Hill?

  • tropmonky tropmonky Posts:

    "prisoner to the brain-dead left-lane trains." OMG yes!

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