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2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: High Performance Yellow

March 15, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Running errands in our long-term Ford Focus ST this weekend, I parked across from a bright-yellow Chevrolet Cobalt SS. I immediately felt a sense of camaraderie.

It's nice to see another cheerful color amongst beige sedans and non-offensive silver SUVs. Yellow is a paint color that you don't really see on mini-vans or SUVs (unless they've been converted to taxi-cabs). Car companies seem to give small, fast automobiles a yellow paint job to designate them as high-performance and to help them stand out in a crowd. The paint however, wasn't the only thing these cars had in common.

When this Supercharged Cobalt SS was new in 2005 it cost around $22,000 and the current Ford Focus ST has an MSRP of $23,700. (This was not, by the way, the one of the coveted 2008-'10 Cobalt SS coupes with the more powerful turbocharged motor and upgraded suspension.) While you get some additional features standard on the Focus ST (like a sixth gear), they've both got forced induction, tuned suspension, and vibrant yellow paint. They're basically hyped up versions of regular economy cars and I like both of them. Our Ford Focus ST has more space and utility, but it reminds me of cars like the Cobalt SS and even the old 'Phoenix-Yellow' Acura Integra Type-R.

2013 Ford Focus ST

My personal car is a '96 Integra, and I think it's a great success when a car company can combine comfort, handling, speed and efficiency into a small, affordable package like Ford has in the Focus ST. I also like it when car companies paint their high-performance cars in vivid, unique colors like this Tangerine Scream Tri-Coat Metallic.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 8,000 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I think the two-door Cobalt was not that bad looking. Overall, the Forcus ST seems to promise more refinement.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Just a bit, maybe.

  • Awww, makes me miss my Solar Yellow Dodge Neon SRT-4. Taken from me by a drunk driver back in 2010. Since been replaced with an RX-8, which was a nightmare and silver (blech) and now I have an Electric Blue Neon SRT-4. I always park over by the blue Focus STs and blue Cobalt SSs whenever I spot them now.

  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    i might get ripped for this; but bright yellow cars have always just screamed "attention whore" to me... i'd prefer to blend in, color-wise, any day.

  • pjm75 pjm75 Posts:

    I like a fast excellent handling car that can fly under the radar, so to speak. My Performance Blue ST gives me that in spades.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I think Chevy tends to make cars that look good in yellow, but that amazing yellow on the Focus just blows the Cobalt's yellow away. And I agree with Jederino, while the Cobalt sedan wasn't a good looking car, they did an alright job with the coupe.

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