2013 Ford Focus ST: No One Else's Shoes Necessary
October 23, 2012
In the course of evaluating a car, it' often necessary to place myself in someone else' shoes. Thoughtfully consider what needs and desires they have, then determine if that particular vehicle meets them. If I didn't, every minivan review I've ever written would go something like "This thing is pointlessly humungous, ugly, handles like crap and makes me want cry at the thought of my declining youth."
There are other times, though, when I can very much wear my own size 12'. The Ford Focus ST represents one of those times. I love small, torque-rich, sharp-steering, sufficiently damped cars with firm, tight seats that adjust to accommodate my height. I want a manual transmission that' easy to use and near-luxury cabin materials. I expect a certain degree of comfort and quiet for a long road trip. I'd like to order it with a unique color or trim choice, be it inside or out.
That' a lot to ask and at this point, our new Focus is checking every box.
I've liked a lot of our long termers over the years, but I'd only consider actually buying a handful. This could easily be one of them.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor