2013 Ford Focus ST: No Such Thing As a Boring Drive
February 13, 2013
On a recent Saturday, my husband and I drove the long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST to Escondido, California to see some friends. We cruised the interstate on the outbound trip and it wasn't shaping up to be much of an adventure for the Tangerine Scream hot hatch. There wouldn't be time for a run up Mount Palomar.
However, additional errands forced (yes, really, forced) me to detour onto some curvy back roads in northern San Diego County. And honestly, you can't help but have fun in the Focus ST.
Like many turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinders, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost isn't overflowing with personality, but its plentiful mid-range torque makes it a crowd pleaser nonetheless. Plus, as we've mentioned before, this car likes to turn and it has good steering feel, and really, that's all you need on a tight road.
The fact that the suspension was compliant over the rough patches on these little roads (and the interstate for that matter) is a bonus in my book, and it's the main reason I'd recommend the Focus ST over the Mazdaspeed 3 if somebody told me they could only buy one car to satisfy their commuting/back-roading needs.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,864 miles