2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 4, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of January, we put just over 1,300 miles on our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST. That mileage total is a bit low against our usual 12-month target of 20,000, but don't worry, I'm a fan of the Focus ST and a long road trip in it is on my to-do list. Over that 1,300-mile stretch, by the way, we put in 56.9 gallons of 91 octane fuel and the Ford averaged 23.1 mpg.

That monthly average is higher than our lifetime average of 21.8 mpg in the Focus ST, though with 6,500 miles on the odometer, there are plenty of miles ahead of us still. Given how fun this car is on a back road, though, it's doubtful that we'll raise our average to the EPA's optimistic 26 mpg combined rating. The Ford's city rating is 23, while the highway rating is 32 mpg.

Range will likely come into play when we take the Focus ST on a road trip, as we have yet to make it to 300 miles on a single tank. Of course, that's hardly surprising with the hot hatch's tiny 12.2-gallon tank.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,504 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 13.3
Best Fill MPG: 30.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 21.8
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 26
Best Range: 299.2
Current Odometer:/ 6,504 miles

Comments

  • flybigrc flybigrc Posts:

    I've put on 4400 miles with my Focus ST and have a combined average of 27.3 mpg aproximately 80% highway 20% city. I found that the mpg does not change using 87 or 91 octane. I am running low resistance winter Yokohama Ice Guard tires which may be helping the mpg but that would be countered with the loss in mpg using the winter blend gas. Try shifting closer to the suggested RPMs and you may find that better gas mileage can be achieved.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    How did you get such awful mileage on a road trip?

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