2013 Ford Focus ST Hatchback - Rating Details


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Vehicle Tested 2013 Ford Focus ST Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual w/EcoBoost) Driven On 10/2/2012 Ratings Summary The Focus ST is the best sport compact sorld today. It might not be the most powerful, but its combination of refinement and high-level handling is a potent combination. This is not a beginner's car, but it will reward experienced drivers like few other front drivers. Also, it's a genuine five-door hatch, which gives it real utility.
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Performance Focus ST rivals or exceeds the best-handling front drivers ever on pure numbers alone, but it's more engaging when driving hard than most of them. Plenty of power, too.
Acceleration
B
Quick boost response, respectable power. Good shifter.
Braking
B
Softer pedal than we'd prefer, but power and fade resistance are ample.
Steering
B
Quick, responsive and direct.
Handling
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Rotates off throttle, but balances back to neutral quickly and controllably. Superb ESC calibration. More fun than anything else in the class.
Driveability
B
Very easy to drive. Rapid, responsive and accompanied by terrific sounds.
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Comfort Overall, because the ST is concentrated on performance, it's not as comfortable as its non-performance-oriented brothers in the segment.
Seating Comfort
B
The Recaros are comfortable and supportive, but will make ingress and egress more challenging than it would be otherwise.
Ride Comfort
C
Focus ST's ride is busy relative to a base Focus, but it's a worthwhile compromise. Most buyers won't consider this a negative.
Quietness
B
Superb intake note at wide-open throttle. Otherwise, road and tire noise are livable for the segment. Nothing stands out.
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Interior Body-color accents, available Recaro seats, additional instrumentation and a thick-rimmed wheel set the ST apart from a standard Focus.
Ergonomics
B
Overall average. Occassional interface problems with My Ford Touch.
Ingress/Egress
C
Heavily bolstered seats will affect ingress/egress for smaller drivers who sit close to the wheel. Otherwise, no problems.
Space/Room
B
Good overall space -- even in the rear seats. Good small-item storage.
Visibility
B
Average for the segment. No obvious blind spots.
Cargo/Storage
C
Hatchback usability a plus. Good rear cargo space. Split-folding rear seats don't fold completely flat.
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Value Fully optioned the Focus ST can exceed $30K, which is pricy for this segment. Still, it can be had for a very average-for-the-segment $24.5K if need be. And at that price, it's a good value.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
With the exception of My Ford Touch, the Focus appears reliable and well made.
Features(vs. $)
B
When optioned with navigation the Focus is at the cutting edge of technology features in this segment. Standard Bluetooth and iPod interface.
Cost
B
Avoid the option boxes and pricing is competitive. Get the Recaros (which you want) and it's still about the same cost as a comparably equipped GTI.
MPG
B
We witnessed 24.7 mpg (1.3 mpg shy of the EPA's combined rating) in combined driving over a two-week test of the ST.
Warranty
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Basic: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Drivetrain: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Roadside: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
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Fun To Drive Refreshingly fun. A terrific combination of power and balanced handling plus a great engine note.
Driving Experience
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No criticisms can be made here. This is a car most of our editiors would be proud to own and be seen in daily. It makes a subtle statement about your taste and interests.
Personality
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Filled with exactly the right kind of personality. Fun, practical and affordable.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$145 per month*
* Explanation
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