Top Five Favorite Qualities - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Top Five Favorite Qualities

June 10, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

We're about seven and a half months into the year-long test of our 2013 Ford Focus ST. It's been a good time so far, and the car has earned plenty of praise. I was recently thinking about what I like most about our ST.

1) The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Ford is dropping this engine into a lot of its vehicles right now. But this mill is really the star of the show in the Focus ST. The 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque are quite strong for this 3,251-pound car, and it results in impressive off-the-line acceleration and easy highway passing.

2) Everyday practicality. It's got four doors, which makes it practical for taking along extra people. Then there's the hatchback body style, which is ideal for hauling cargo. For somebody with a small family (like me!), this is really quite appealing.

3) Affordable price. The Focus ST starts at $23,700 (without destination). Considering the performance you're getting and the respectable collection of features that come standard, I find that to be quite appealing.

4) Capable handling without a stiff ride quality. As you'd hope for a hot hatch, the Focus is agile and sticky when you're driving around turns. But those qualities don't severely impact comfort. The ST doesn't beat you up.

5) It's from a domestic automaker. The best cars in this segment have typically come from Germany or Japan. But here's Ford showing up with what I'd say is the new benchmark for a hot hatch. That's pretty cool.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,784 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Destination is a mandatory fee, that is the same in California as it would be if you picked the car up from the factory. There is absolutely no reason to quote a starting price "without destination". Honestly, I don't understand why the manufacturers even bother to break it out of the price of the car.

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    The engine's specs are under the limited overboost mode. Fine for a SUV or family car where someone's only going to dip into it for on ramps and passing, not so great when it's suppose to be a sport car.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I'm surprised that the fact that it's a "domestic" is considered a top 5 quality. That doesn't speak to any of the car's strengths, and you know well enough that automakers are globalized nowadays (and the Focus in general is a "world car" that was designed in multiple locations, to be sold in multiple locations).

  • rem83 rem83 Posts:

    @cotak - It seems that the overboost function does NOT increase PEAK torque or HP, but it does flatten the torque curve for better overall acceleration. Moreover, as it's only effective within a 1500 RPM window, the only circumstances in which you're like

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