May 2, 2013
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.
April 4, 2013
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.
April 2, 2013
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.
March 8, 2013
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:
March 4, 2013
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.
February 4, 2013
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
February 1, 2013
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.