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

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$136 per month*
* Explanation