So This Is... - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: So This Is...

December 06, 2012

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What all the fuss is about. After my first time driving the Focus ST, all I can say is, dang, it truly is a remarkably good performance machine. 

Plenty of smooth, turbo power, the kind that makes you want to run through the gears again and again. And again.

A decent note from the exhaust. Superb handling with quick and precise steering (yet the ride is hardly harsh). Utterly fantastic Recaro sport seats with aggressive bolsters, yet they're plenty comfortable.

About the only thing to complain about so far

is that the pedal spacing for heel-and-toeing could be a bit better. You can definitely do it, but I didn't find it second nature, like in, say, the Scion FR-S. This is compounded by touchy brakes when only using a light application, for instance when coming up to a stoplight. 

Otherwise, I'm loving this car. It makes any drive fun.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 4,657 miles.


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