2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 5, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of August, we put 1,030 miles on our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST in limited driving. Honestly, I can't explain why we didn't drive this car more. Every time I get into our Focus ST, I'm astonished by how good it is. Quick steering, a comfy ride, a real manual gearbox and Recaro seats all under one roof? Sign me up.

We averaged 24.2 mpg over those 1,000 miles, and that's a point higher than our lifetime average of 23.2 mpg. It's also quite a bit short of the Focus ST's 26 mpg EPA combined rating.

If you're keeping score at home, you'll recall that our long-term 2010 Volkswagen GTI averaged 24.7 during its 24,000 miles in our fleet, while our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 averaged 22.1 mpg. Those totals are commensurate with driving pleasure, I'd say. The Mazda made more power and torque than the others and was, for me, the most fun on a back road. Still, the Focus is a close second in the fun-to-drive department and arguably a better pick overall, what with those Recaros (which I really like) and its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine's more usable power band (the MS3's turbo 2.3-liter has peaks and valleys).

If you obsess about cruising range, though, the Ford is perhaps not the one you want. It only has a 12.1-gallon gas tank compared to 14.5 gallons in the GTI and 15.9 in the Mazdaspeed 3. The upshot is that we've recorded very few 300-mile tanks in the Focus ST. Our longest tank so far spanned 339.3 miles, while our longest tank in August was just 296.5 miles.

Worst Fill MPG: 13.3
Best Fill MPG: 30.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 23.2
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 26 Combined (23 City / 32 Highway)
Best Range: 339.3 miles
Current Odometer: 18,257 miles

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 18,257 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Ford Focus ST in VA is:

$136 per month*
* Explanation