2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: Ride Quality

January 24, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Given the excellent handling capabilities of the 2013 Ford Focus ST, you might assume that there's a tradeoff in terms of ride quality. Well, compared to a regular Focus, I suppose there is. But given how well the ST goes around corners, I'm pretty impressed by the way it takes on bumps and rough pavement. There's a nice compliance in the suspension that complements the all-around usability of this car. It's rarely stiff or jarring.

In terms of ride quality, the 2013 Focus ST is a performance car that I wouldn't have any problems using for daily urban commuting or long-distance freeway trips.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,562 miles

Comments

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    The interior looks appealing, if dark, in these photos. I like the idea of this car. I love my 2005 G35 for rear drive and interesting dynamics, but the weak point is the steering which lacks feel at legal speeds. I wonder if I'd be happy with ST coming from a rear drive car?

  • nedmundo nedmundo Posts:

    Jederino, with the industry-wide migration to electric steering assist, which usually means a huge loss in road feel, I'm not sure many new cars will offer better steering feel than your G35. Even the BMW 3 Series is afflicted with numb steering, but at least it's linear and precise. I've tested the Focus ST twice, and rented a regular Focus, and their EPS is among the best IMO. I actually prefer it to the 328i's steering. It does not offer lots of feedback, but unlike most EPS systems, it provides solid on center feel, which produces a satisfying "locked in" sensation. It is a little artificial, but effective nonetheless.

  • pjm75 pjm75 Posts:

    Love the fact that it is a wolf in sheep's clothing, when I'm out on the highway. We've taken several trips from PA to KY and the car is a joy to drive. Getting up to speed on access ramps or around slow-pokes is so effortless. But the rural back roads is where this car will really shine at about 8/10's, it won't get floaty and lose it's composure. Great all-around vehicle.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Nedmundo, that's good to know. I read about the new C7 switching to EPS, and the lead engineer was honest in saying it is a couple generations away from providing the same feedback as the best hydraulic systems. But, he also suggested in the C7 they could improve on what the 911 had. Brash words.

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