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2013 Ford Focus ST Overview
The latest hot hatch to reach American shores, the 2013 Ford Focus ST is another entry into the growing list of performance vehicles that provide plenty of bang for the buck.
It used to be a sparse landscape for those who were seeking true performance under $30,000 – you were basically limited to the Mazdaspeed3 and potentially the Volkswagen GTI. Now we can add the Focus ST to that mix, as well as cars like the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, and things are looking up.
Ford began its movement towards a unified global lineup of vehicles a few years ago with the American re-introduction of the Fiesta subcompact. The global Focus soon followed in 2012 and for the 2013 model year its enthusiast model, the Focus ST, makes landfall.
From the outside there is plenty to distinguish the Focus ST from the normal Focus. It is only available as a four-door hatch (no sedan model) and comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a unique honeycomb grille that connects to a gaping front air dam, and a big wing on the back that photos don’t really do justice to. What it adds up to is a car that is similar in shape to Focus, but looks sharper from every angle. I also found the Focus ST’s unique exhaust port to be not only sonorous, but an attractive eyepiece for the rear.
For the Focus ST to be taken seriously it has to deliver mechanically and that starts with the engine. Under the hood is a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes a robust 270 pounds-feet of torque. The Focus ST is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Considering the amount of horsepower being pulled from the engine, fuel economy numbers are surprisingly good – 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Although if you drive the Focus ST with impetus, as it begs you to do, it will be hard to attain those figures.
There are also a few notable suspension and handling upgrades on the Focus ST. A Torque Vectoring control system works to reduce the torque steer feeling you get in many high-powered front-wheel drive cars, while the stability system lets you choose between three modes, one of which removes traction control and intrudes only when the car completely loses control. It has less ground clearance, and upgraded shocks and springs which give the Focus ST sharper handling.
The Focus ST’s interior is the same as the exterior – familiar when compared to the normal Focus, but with enough upgrades and styling changes that you’ll immediately know you’re in a different car. Atop the center console are a trio of gauges that indicate the amount of boost, oil pressure, and temperature. There are also optional Recaro sport seats which combine comfort with the amount of bolstering necessary for high-speed maneuvers. Standard features include SYNC voice-activate communications and entertainment, air conditioning, push button start, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
Safety features include front-seat side-impact, side curtain, and front airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.
The 2013 Ford Focus ST is a blast to drive and even though it’s the new kid on the block, the Focus ST has enough performance and refinement to be one of the best cars you can buy under 30-grand.