2013 Ford Focus ST: Still King for the Next Couple of Years?
August 12, 2013
As far as hot hatchbacks are concerned, I consider the 2013 Ford Focus ST to be the best of the bunch. Competitors each have their own claim to fame: the Mazdaspeed 3 for pure performance, the Subaru WRX for all-wheel-drive traction, and the Volkswagen GTI for interior refinement and comfort. But none combine everything as well as the Focus ST in my opinion.
But that's for 2013. What about 2014? Or 2015?
The next couple of years will bring about redesigned competition in this segment. The 2015 GTI will be more powerful and promises sharper handling while still likely holding on to its European flair. A performance diesel, the GTD, should be coming, too.
Subaru hasn't said much about its new WRX, but we expect greater turbocharged power from a 2.0-liter engine and couple-like styling for 2014. Even less is known about a new Mazdaspeed 3. But the redesigned regular model of the Mazda 3 is already a top choice in its class, so things are promising for the MS3.
Meanwhile, there's nothing keeping Ford from upping its game with the ST to stay competitive.
If I were buying a hot hatch today, it'd be the Focus ST. But if my car purchase was six months to a year from now, the picture is much less clear.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,074 miles