Road Trip Fuel Economy - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Road Trip Fuel Economy

August 29, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

My 710-mile road trip to San Francisco and back to L.A. in our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST was accomplished at, erm, a brisk pace.

Because of this, plus frequent excursions of the right pedal to manage this route's characteristic obnoxious traffic pattern, it completed the trek with an overall 25.1 mpg result.

This is a smidge below its combined EPA rating of 26 mpg (and far from its 32 mpg highway score), but to be honest I expected this trip to return even worse fuel economy than it did. You gotta pay to play.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    I can get 32 mpg highway or more in my ST if I stay at or below the speed limit and the outside temp is mild (no a/c) ..... but with that turbo power just a press of my right foot away it's really hard to honor any speed limits!

  • tropmonky tropmonky Posts:

    HAHAH, I just made that same drive last weekend.. Brisk pace right! Then there are all the trucks and Slow drivers that stay in the fast lane you need to pass. I drove my 2009 135i and had an average speed of 82mph (including a stop for gas and slowing for the LA traffic). I was hauling [non-permissible content removed] yes. I managed 24mpg in my 3 liter twin turbo, not bad considering how heavy I was on the gas!

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    25mpg is pretty good for hauling [non-permissible content removed] in a car with as much of a fun quotient as the ST offers. I'm tooling around in a rented RAV4 this week and getting just under 25mpg with more sedated highway speeds and ZERO fun quotient.

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