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

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


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    You have that wrong way around - 15.9 for the MS3 and 14.5 for the GTI.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Ok, so I've owned an ST for about a week now. And granted, I'm going easy on it for the first 1,000 miles or so. But my first calculated fill up was 34.7 mpg, with the dash readout showing 33.3. That difference is 143 gallons every 10,000 miles.

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