Still Enjoy Driving It - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Still Enjoy Driving It

July 31, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I took our 2013 Ford Focus ST on a long drive recently. I'm quite familiar with the car, having driven it extensively during the car's nine-month stay at Edmunds so far. Yet I'm finding myself liking our ST even more.

This doesn't always happen with our long-term cars.

Sometimes certain cars we've had over the years have been a letdown after initial hype, or maybe they had too many annoying quirks. But the Focus ST is staying strong. There's no single thing that stands out, so I think it has to do more with me appreciating what the ST offers. It's just such a great all-around vehicle with its strong power, balanced ride and handling, and pleasing utility.

From an ownership standpoint, I think this is important. Were the long-term Ford Focus ST my car, I'd still be really happy parking it in my garage every night.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 16,647 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I would love one of these for my next car. The only thing that gives me reservations is the interior. It just seems overstyled to me. I'm going to wait until the next-gen GTI comes out next year and compare them back to back before I decide.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    If there is only one thing I would really want in the Focus it be an AWD option. I realize that it would raise the price point a bit if done right but I think it would worth it for people like me who are facing snowstorms and the like and can't get out of their obligations but would like something cheaper to drive for the rest of year.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @hybris: The argument I keep making to people (and keep in mind I live and work in both Ontario and Michigan) is that 98% of the time, you are OK with a FWD car with snow tires and traction control even if you have absolutely zero car control. The biggest

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Right on, duck. I drove a Mustang through 5 Chicago winters and never once got stuck, and never collided with another car. Now I drive a Focus (with NO traction control or ABS) and I've driven through another 6 winters with the same absence of problems. Winter tires + 2wd > all-seasons + awd... and costs less too.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Anecdote - I heard from first responders at Steven's Pass in WA that most cars they recover from the ditch tend to be AWD. Yeah, turning and breaking are not helped by AWD at all, and the confidence the drivers get could be illusory...

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