Bang for the buck competence
By BasiliskSt on
2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
The Ford Focus ST (mine is a 2005, but the 2006-2007 are essentially identical) is an affordable driver's car. It delivers a surprisingly good blend of driving prowess and economy. The ST features a 2.3 liter fuel-injected four cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This combination is extremely flexible, offering plenty of torque at lower rpms. The handling and steering are class leading, beating much more expensive cars. The car offers power on demand and economy. My Focus ST delivers 38 mpg at 55-60 mph, 30-32 mpg at freeway speeds of 70-75 mph, and 26-28 mpg in city, mixed driving. All good, but not class leading. The Focus's balance is skewed towards sport.
The flexible drive train offers responsive power in any gear. The handling and steering are impeccable. Everything the driver touches feels great. The black leather wheel and gear shift are highlighted with red stitching. The interior offers more room than the outside size suggests.
The Focus is still a stand-out small car, but the competitive target is moving. The next Focus needs side-curtain air bags, a more stylish interior, and more sound isolation from road noise. A new, updated Focus is expected in 2008. It should keep the excellent driving dynamics of the current Focus.