2013 Ford Focus ST: A Car To Take to Your High School Reunion?
August 8, 2013
Recently my wife had her 20th high school reunion in Orange County. Ideally, we could have gone to it in one of the flashy cars from the Edmunds long-term fleet, like the Porsche 911, Mercedes SLS AMG or Tesla Model S. But at the time I was signed up for the 2013 Ford Focus ST, so that's what we took.
Now, driving something "cool" to your 20th reunion, at least in my experience, is largely irrelevant. You drive to the event site (a hotel, mostly likely). You park your car (or valet it) and walk in. That's it. Few (if any) classmates that you know will see what you drive. And most likely, they don't care.
That said, the Focus ST does strike me as a better 10th reunion car than a 20th reunion car. Ten-year reunions are more about "look at me!" than the 20th. (And what better way to do that than a hot hatch with screaming yellow/orange-y paint and a monster front grille?) Plus, the ST is ideal for your late 20s. Odds are you don't have kids yet. Maybe you have a dog. Still, you're pretty carefree, but with an eye on the practical. That's the Focus ST.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,134 miles