How To Love This Car - Six Shots - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: How To Love This Car

March 11, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I've flip-flopped on our 2013 Ford Focus ST over the last few days. When I first took the Focus ST home, I hated it. My introduction to it was in rush hour traffic and I knew that was a bad place to evaluate it, but I couldn't help it. The gear changes felt abrupt, the clutch felt too firm and the bolsters on the Recaro seats hurt my shoulders. In stop-and-go traffic, I was asking myself why I ever thought this car could be any good.

The next day it changed my mind completely.

When I related my initial impressions to fellow editor Mark Takahashi, he couldn't believe that I didn't love the Focus. His road trip during the break-in period was a love affair of sorts. He recommended I take the Focus ST somewhere more fun than a commute between home and work, so I did.

2013 Ford Focus ST

After just a few miles in the Focus ST on the back roads, I knew what everyone was talking about. It felt connected to the pavement and more comfortable than ever when asked to hug a turn or accelerate out of a bend. The seats were no longer annoying and the suspension felt like it was designed for this place.

The Focus ST bandwagon is already pretty full, but I've hopped on board as well.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 7,730 miles

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