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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


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I'm not sure how the gear changes can be too abrupt - it has a manual transmission.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Maybe he's talking about the clutch take-up. I didn't have any issues with it on my test-drive, but I'm also so out of practice with a manual transmission that I probably wouldn't have been able distinguish between my terrible shifting and the car's. :)

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @gloss: Friend of mine recently bought a Dart with a manual. I couldn't tell if it was the car or him... I didn't ask, not because it might insult him, but because it might rain on his new car parade.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Yeeaaaaah. I'm waffling between an FR-S and a Focus ST for my next car and the thought of the first week of ownership is already giving me cold sweats. I'm probably going to drive from the dealership to an empty parking lot and just grind the clutch for four hours straight.

  • flybigrc flybigrc Posts:

    I agree; cruising down the highway or a country road on a weekend drive is the best way to enjoy this car. I got stuck on the highway in stop and go traffic due to construction and all that shifting reminded me of why people complain about manuals. Luckily this is a very rare occurance for me :) 6000 miles and going strong!

  • Pulled into Walmart the other day and immediately spotted the tangerine Scream paint on one of these. In a sea of Blandness, its cool to know exactly what a car is from a distance.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    this is kinda wierd because as an outsider i see all the tech that goes into the electric steering rack and the simulated LSD and i think of the nissan GTR and to paraphrase jeremy clarkston "drives like a sewing machine" but aparently its very good. i just could not live with a focus hatchback the blind spots in that car is MADDENING

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  • wyattf wyattf Posts:

    Welcome to the cool kid club. ;)

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