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Vehicle 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Review 82K Mile update - the ignition interlock has a short making it difficult to start but I haven't gotten stuck yet. Haven't brought car in for this repair yet. No other problems, the car remains fun to drive, reliable and economical although it subjectively seems slower to me. But, that might be my own doing in not wanting to stomp on it knowing the car has 82 K miles on it and is my daily driver I would definitely recommend this car to any enthusiast on a budget. At 66 K miles the car remains trouble-free and a pleasure to drive, with maintenance costs remaining low. This car still feels incredibly stable and well planted at near-autobahn speeds, and the turbo gets you there quickly. But it remains a pleasant daily driver even when driven with fuel economy in mind. The replacement Continental Extreme Contact tires are a good choice for this car in that they are quieter and smoother-riding than the OEM Pirelli P Zero Neros. There are a few negatives that should be mentioned. The cabin is relatively small and (with the standard cloth seats) the passenger seat has no height control. A big and tall front seat passenger will be miserable even with the seat pushed all the way back and reclined. There also is very little rear seat legroom making entry and exit difficult for rear passengers. The hatch area is larger than it needs to be. If you need to haul large amounts of stuff in a hatchback most people would fold the rear seatbacks down. There was no reason to make the hatch area large at the expense of passenger room. The standard mirrors are not heated, neither are the standard cloth seats. Bundling these into a relatively expensive leather seat option package is consumer-unfriendly marketing on Ford's part. I wanted an inexpensive car for a long daily commute knowing that the book value would plummet as the miles piled on. The fuel tank is much too small and the driving range is only about 350 miles on a tank. If you drive approximately 650 miles a week just commuting to / from work as I do, refueling twice in a week is annoying. Last negative -- the HVAC is weak and the controls don't work well with regard to where the air comes out (defrost, face or feet). All the vents are upright and the placement is atrocious. At least two of the vents should have been placed horizontally which is better for air movement. I must stress that these negatives are minor relative to the pure pleasure of driving this car, and its surprisingly outstanding build quality and reliability. _______________________________________________________________________ I bought my 2015 Focus ST with no options other than sunroof and dark gray metallic paint. All-season tires are an essentially no-cost option. The car has been trouble-free through 30,000 mostly highway miles with low maintenance cost (relative to my previous VW GTI) and is much more engaging and fun-to-drive than my 2007 GTI was. This is a great daily driver with a winning combination of relatively low cost, decent fuel economy in normal driving, excellent 6-speed manual transmission, accurate steering, great handling, comfort and convenience, as well as strong acceleration, and incredible performance at high speeds. This car is solid, well planted and in complete control at fast-forward MPH. Even better, the car makes you "want" to gun it because it feels so good and seems to "like" it. I can't explain it -- you would have to test-drive it yourself (without the dealer's sales person riding shotgun). Downshift at highway speeds and you will be treated to surprising acceleration that most cars can't match. It feels great to pull away strongly from some other aggressive jerk driver, and them see them remain a small speck in your rearview mirror as they realize they can't possibly catch you with their car. For example, have you ever safely passed someone who apparently feels insulted that you passed them and starts being an a--hole? Then no matter what they keep hounding you until you let them pass you and stay out of their sight? Well in a Focus ST you can zoom away (even starting at speeds above most limits) and they won't tail you because they can't match your car's high speed performance. The ride is comfortable except on poor quality roads (potholes). The all-season tires on my car are Pirelli P Nero Zeros and they are speed-rated beyond the reported top speed of the car. I think the ride would be better with Continental Extreme Contact all season rubber. But the Pirelli's tread has held up well at 30 K miles which is surprising for performance tires. One recommendation -- do not try to rev the engine and drop the clutch from a standing start. The front wheels will spin and there may be axle hop, but you won't get good acceleration that way. Start off smoothly and let the turbo kick in after the car is already moving. The acceleration will be better. 0 to "a blur" will come up faster than you expect.
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What options are available on the 2015 Ford Focus ST?
Available Ford Focus ST 2015 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Shadow Black, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Kona Blue Metallic, Race Red, Tuxedo Black Metallic, Triple Yellow Metallic Tri-Coat, Ingot Silver Metallic, Performance Blue Metallic, Tangerine Scream Tri-Coat Metallic, Blue Metallic, Performance Blue
Interior Colors: Charcoal Black cloth, Charcoal Black leather, Smoke Storm leather/cloth, Charcoal Black w/Performance Blue Accent leather/cloth, Charcoal Black w/Tangerine Scream Accent leather/cloth
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Keyless Entry/Start, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Stereo, Upgraded Headlights, Navigation, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Power Driver Seat, Apple Carplay/Android Auto