2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Why Hatchbacks Rule: Reason #613

April 16, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

This is why. Because first you manage to jam two pieces of a Jeep Cherokee catalytic converter system into the Dodge Dart, packages you need to return to the manufacturer. But the cranky FedEx lady says you don't have the right shipping label and refuses your package, and you jam everything back into the Dart again.

A couple days later, you get the same label from the manufacturer again, and it turns out you had the correct label all along. But because you went late the first time, with a few minutes until closing, you apparently got the C-team who couldn't be bothered or simply were as baffled by real life as they appeared.

Not today. You've got the Focus ST to drive to the FedEx office and try again, and this time its weekday hours and the cogs of commerce are hummin'. The long cat assembly fits in the ST no problem, requiring only that you briefly remove the cargo cover. It's even got room to wiggle when you hammer the throttle on a long open cloverleaf on-ramp.

Just one of many ways the ST rules.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 9,600 miles


  • rjett rjett Posts:

    Any thoughts about putting one of those cat-back systems on the ST? I've heard it sounds really good stock. Does it even need the upgrade?

  • mlavoie mlavoie Posts:

    Awww, for a second there I thought you guys were going to test Magnaflow's ST cat back system. I love the way my ST sounds, but what we hear is mostly intake sound, thanks to that sound symposer device. The exhaust is extremely quiet. A little bit too much to my liking even. Im wondering if their kits add decent depth to the sound without sounding annoying when cruising.

  • rjett rjett Posts:

    @mlavoie This is exactly what I want to know. I'm very interested in this car, and a cat-back system is probably the first thing I would do to it if purchased. But I don't want a system that has an overpowering drone at cruising speeds.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Tests I've seen indicate no power increase with a cat-back. I would do the reflash and an intake - that's where the gains are. I have no interest in paying $800 for something to make the car sound "better."

  • rjett rjett Posts:

    @fordson1 I completely agree. I was unaware that there were no power gains. I guess this means the stock ST exhaust system is actually quite good. Considering this, I would set my sights on the reflash and intake as well.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    There's no gains to be had from a catback exhaust because there's a giant snail in the way after the header (which is where any gains would be had)... beyond that, a catback consists of tubes and mufflers, so you wouldn't expect much in the way of power increases.

  • stunthunt stunthunt Posts:

    If the ST came only as a sedan, I wouldn't own one.

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
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411