Fuel Economy Update for April - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update For April

May 2, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

In the month of April, our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST spun an additional near-1,000 miles onto its odometer and consumed 44 gallons of 91-octane fuel. That equates to 22.4 miles per gallon for the month, which is a bit better than its lifetime average, too.

We're still not hitting the Focus's EPA combined 26 mpg rating. I have a sneaking suspicion it might have something to do with its potent, torquey character and willing chassis.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Worst Fill MPG: 13.3
Best Fill MPG: 30.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 21.8
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway/Combined): 23/32/26
Best Range: 309.1 miles
Current Odometer: 10,238 miles

Note: Cars are sometimes refueled before their fuel tanks are nearly empty. As such, "best" and "worst" fuel economy entries above are not necessarily the result of an entire tank's worth of driving.


  • wyattf wyattf Posts:

    Fact is that it will be difficult to make EPA ratings without driving as efficiently as the EPA testing specialists obviously do in order to get those very efficient ratings. I will say that with A LOT of discipline, by following the shift light indicator, using a very light throttle (0-60 in like 20+ seconds), and making all the eco-petals grow, I have been able to successfully pull combined mileage average up to as high as 27.5-ish mph with the a/c running all the time (manually calculated, not trip computer calculated). The potential is there if you can just control the impulse to feel the torque push you into the Recaros.

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    Sounds like you guys are still having a bit too much fun in that car, but hey we're car people it's what we do. I do 95% highway driving and typically only get the combined rating, on the rare tank where I exercise extreme restraint I can get the EPA highway rating.

  • lvgti lvgti Posts:

    Jason Kav......Ford Focus ST Best range 511.8 Fuel tank capacity 12.1 gallons = 42.3MPG??????????

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    You seem OK with the Focus getting 14% less MPG than the EPA, but seem surprised that the Dart is only 10% low, despite achieving better mileage overall. I guess the fun factor has something to do with it.

  • focusst focusst Posts:

    You guys likely drive much more aggressively than I, but my average is much better than yours. Since new, I'm averaging 27.5 mpg - 7500 miles and counting.

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