2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: The Aftermath

December 06, 2012


There' no such thing as a free lunch, food swiped from other department' meetings excepted, and with charging around an auto-x course for a whole day, we knew the Focus ST was going to suffer some tire wear.

What did twelve runs through the cones do to our ST' tires? Click on through...

Since the course was mainly right turning, the left front tire took more of the wear than the right front. Since I kept the pushy, understeery nonsense to a minimum, the tires look about as Mark and I expected. There' wear on the shoulder blocks, but nothing' excessive.



The right front was used quite as much and it shows. This wear is about equivalent to a good day of hard driving in the hills.



Two days after the auto-x, the tires were rotated to the back where they'll get a well deserved rest. Sure, we took a bit of life off these tires, but if you buy a Focus ST and you don't drive it hard like this from time to time, you're missing the point of the car.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 3,915 miles

Leave a Comment

Research Models


Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Ford Focus ST in VA is:

$145 per month*
* Explanation
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific