No Such Thing As a Boring Drive - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: No Such Thing As a Boring Drive

February 13, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

On a recent Saturday, my husband and I drove the long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST to Escondido, California to see some friends. We cruised the interstate on the outbound trip and it wasn't shaping up to be much of an adventure for the Tangerine Scream hot hatch. There wouldn't be time for a run up Mount Palomar.

However, additional errands forced (yes, really, forced) me to detour onto some curvy back roads in northern San Diego County. And honestly, you can't help but have fun in the Focus ST.

Like many turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinders, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost isn't overflowing with personality, but its plentiful mid-range torque makes it a crowd pleaser nonetheless. Plus, as we've mentioned before, this car likes to turn and it has good steering feel, and really, that's all you need on a tight road.

The fact that the suspension was compliant over the rough patches on these little roads (and the interstate for that matter) is a bonus in my book, and it's the main reason I'd recommend the Focus ST over the Mazdaspeed 3 if somebody told me they could only buy one car to satisfy their commuting/back-roading needs.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,864 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Top of Mt. Palomar is over 6100 feet elevation and the surrounding roads are pretty high, too. Most N/A engines are starting to suck wind pretty bad in those conditions. Personality or not, I would rather have a turbo there.

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    I am extremely picky when it comes to how a car drives (as opposed to how it looks, etc.) I cannot think of ANY other car today that drives as good as the Focus ST, with the possible exception of Porsche 911. Yes, front wheel drive sucks and turning circle is atrocious. But the balance, the ride quality and the steering feel are absolutely fantastic. FANTASTIC! This car is truly exceptional to drive by today's standards.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    So, Erin, would you not buy one if the tweeter was a bit askew? Those things aren't the dealbreakers. What's under the hood and how it handles and feels are the most important. The ST seems to have 99% of its ducks in a row. And the price is right.

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