2013 Ford Focus ST: Top Five Favorite Qualities
June 10, 2013
We're about seven and a half months into the year-long test of our 2013 Ford Focus ST. It's been a good time so far, and the car has earned plenty of praise. I was recently thinking about what I like most about our ST.
1) The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Ford is dropping this engine into a lot of its vehicles right now. But this mill is really the star of the show in the Focus ST. The 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque are quite strong for this 3,251-pound car, and it results in impressive off-the-line acceleration and easy highway passing.
2) Everyday practicality. It's got four doors, which makes it practical for taking along extra people. Then there's the hatchback body style, which is ideal for hauling cargo. For somebody with a small family (like me!), this is really quite appealing.
3) Affordable price. The Focus ST starts at $23,700 (without destination). Considering the performance you're getting and the respectable collection of features that come standard, I find that to be quite appealing.
4) Capable handling without a stiff ride quality. As you'd hope for a hot hatch, the Focus is agile and sticky when you're driving around turns. But those qualities don't severely impact comfort. The ST doesn't beat you up.
5) It's from a domestic automaker. The best cars in this segment have typically come from Germany or Japan. But here's Ford showing up with what I'd say is the new benchmark for a hot hatch. That's pretty cool.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,784 miles