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2013 Ford Focus ST: Performance Vs. MPGs

October 4, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Looking over the fuel log, it was interesting to see that most tanks used by our 2014 Ford Focus ST delivered well below the combined EPA rating of 26 mpg. After driving the ST, it's clear why. It's just so much fun to drive. To merely go from point A to point B seems like a waste of a good ride. It's impossible not to engage with this car.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 5, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of August, we put 1,030 miles on our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST in limited driving. Honestly, I can't explain why we didn't drive this car more. Every time I get into our Focus ST, I'm astonished by how good it is. Quick steering, a comfy ride, a real manual gearbox and Recaro seats all under one roof? Sign me up.

We averaged 24.2 mpg over those 1,000 miles, and that's a point higher than our lifetime average of 23.2 mpg. It's also quite a bit short of the Focus ST's 26 mpg EPA combined rating.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 2, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

We added about 2,800 miles to our 2013 Ford Focus ST during July. Contained within that was the typical commuting plus a couple of road trips within California and one to Las Vegas.

For the month, we averaged 25.8 mpg. That's very close to the EPA's 26 mpg estimate for combined driving.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 3, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During June, we put 1,417 miles on our 2013 Ford Focus ST, and we're closing in on the 15,000 milestone. We took it on a 600-mile family road trip and averaged 27 mpg, then used it mostly in and around town. Over 7 tanks, we averaged 25.7 mpg. That squares pretty well with the EPA's 26 mpg combined rating.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Still Appreciate Ford's "Easy Fuel" Filler

June 20, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Ford introduced its first "Easy Fuel" cap-less fuel filler back in 2008. We've tested a lot of Ford vehicles with it since, including our long-term 2009 Ford Flex, 2010 Ford Mustang GT and 2011 Ford Explorer. Our 2013 Focus ST is the latest.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Yosemite Road Trip, Part Four

June 7, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

On the final day in Yosemite National Park, our Focus ST got an additional passenger. It wasn't a bear or a deer or anything.

Six of us went on this trip and divided ourselves between the Focus ST and a friend's Honda Civic. But two people wanted to leave from the western side of the park before sunrise, while four of us wanted to sleep in and check out the eastern side of Yosemite. So, instead of three people in each car, we stuffed the Focus to the brim and sent the other luggage home early in the Civic.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 3, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

We added about 2,000 miles to our 2013 Ford Focus ST during May. A big chunk of those miles came from editor Travis Langness' trip to Yosemite National Park. For the month, we averaged 24.3 mpg. That's still a couple mpg below the EPA's 26 mpg estimate for combined driving.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update For April

May 2, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

In the month of April, our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST spun an additional near-1,000 miles onto its odometer and consumed 44 gallons of 91-octane fuel. That equates to 22.4 miles per gallon for the month, which is a bit better than its lifetime average, too.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Blamestorming The Poor MPG

April 4, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

You probably want to blame us, the Edmunds editors, for our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST's less-than-stellar fuel economy. Or maybe you think fault lies with the EPA's testing procedure. We've been averaging around 22 miles per gallon, which is below the EPA 23 mpg city rating, not to mention the 26 mpg combined rating.

Truth is, the blame lies solely with Ford. They're the ones who dropped such a fantastic turbo four-cylinder into the engine bay of the Focus ST. If a smile doesn't creep across your face every time you plow into the throttle, there's something wrong with you. Seriously, make an appointment to go see someone right now.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy for March

April 2, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of March we put 1,482 miles on our 2013 Ford Focus ST. We must've been having even more fun in this little turbo hatchback than usual, because we averaged just 20.4 mpg for the month on 91 octane premium.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Extremely Conservative Fuel Light

March 8, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Mark filled up our 2013 Ford Focus ST when the light came on during his break-in trip and only got 10.2 gallons to go in. With a fuel tank that holds 12.5 gallons, that's a pretty conservative gauge. As I drove the Focus ST today, the light came on again.

I'm cautious and hate running out of gas, so I pulled over at the first gas station I could find. I went to fill up and noticed that the trip odometer only read 151 miles. Based on the mileage we've been getting in the Focus, something seemed fishy.

I filled up the tank and to my amazement, this is what I see:

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of February we drove our turbocharged 2013 Ford Focus ST about 1,250 extremely thrilling miles. We've been finding that the Focus ST's combination of power and handling make even the most mundane drives a little something special. During the month the hatchback averaged 23.1 miles per gallon on 91 octane premium.

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2013 Ford Focus ST: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 4, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During the month of January, we put just over 1,300 miles on our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST. That mileage total is a bit low against our usual 12-month target of 20,000, but don't worry, I'm a fan of the Focus ST and a long road trip in it is on my to-do list. Over that 1,300-mile stretch, by the way, we put in 56.9 gallons of 91 octane fuel and the Ford averaged 23.1 mpg.

That monthly average is higher than our lifetime average of 21.8 mpg in the Focus ST, though with 6,500 miles on the odometer, there are plenty of miles ahead of us still. Given how fun this car is on a back road, though, it's doubtful that we'll raise our average to the EPA's optimistic 26 mpg combined rating. The Ford's city rating is 23, while the highway rating is 32 mpg.

Range will likely come into play when we take the Focus ST on a road trip, as we have yet to make it to 300 miles on a single tank. Of course, that's hardly surprising with the hot hatch's tiny 12.2-gallon tank.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,504 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 13.3
Best Fill MPG: 30.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 21.8
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 26
Best Range: 299.2
Current Odometer:/ 6,504 miles

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2013 Ford Focus ST: MPG Update

February 1, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

In just three months we've driven our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST about 6,500 miles. During that time it has averaged 21.8 mpg.

So far our best tank was 30.2 mpg, which was absolutely all highway, and our worst recorded tank was 13.3 mpg, which was surely a fun blast through the hills with the ST's turbocharged engine living at its redline.

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