BoldDrive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Like a banana, only way better

Welcome to our 'BoldDrive' (review) of the Ford Focus ST! We're excited to get more reviews out to you, the readers. We're trying a new format, we rate each car from 1-100% based on five factors: performance, interior, exterior, practicality and of course, fun. We average the score and get our ranking for each new car we review, making it easier for our readers to get a feel for how the car really is. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the drive! In the past (for the US, at least), the word "Focus" has never translated to "cool" or "fun." It is my position that it was one of the worst sedans in the market at one point in time. Yet, like a fine wine, Ford and its Focus have aged in both looks and quality. Now, the new Focus is really a great little thing for anyone that loves small, relatively fun cars. But I don't want a Focus. Never once have I woken up and told myself, "I'm totally going to buy a Focus today". Sure, it may be handsome enough and built well enough and efficient enough, but I'm completely immature and sophomoric. I want a car with a manual transmission and flashy styling, so that more girls want to sex me. I want a yellow paint job because I'm a hipster. I want enough room in the back for seven or eight geese. Most importantly, I want a sexy powerful engine. I want the Ford Focus ST. So bad. (Note: I'm greedy) Performance: 82%

BoldDrive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Honestly, I wasn't really expecting much from the ST. The 250-hp 4-cylinder EcoBoost sounded sort of just OK, but it turned out to be all that and then some. 60 mph is managed in about 6.0 seconds, which is a little less than what we tested. My driving skills are most likely below par, and as such, every time second gear came along, the monstrous front-wheel lock induced the release of my bladder.

It was very quick- borderline fast. Naturally, we didn't get the opportunity to top it off at 154 mph on open roads, but, I may or may not have (in my imagination while taking a nap in the back seat) taken it to 122 mph. Blasting through each of the six-gears, the power was relentless. Even at around 75-80 mph in fifth gear, you still get a significant burst of power, which is more than I can say for most 4-cylinder engines- or even V6s for that matter. Interior: 84%

BoldDrive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Inside, it's a very nice place to reside. As tested ($28K+) we got the leather treatment, navigation, steering wheel controls, remote keyless entry and of course, the Recaro seating in a mustard yellow-and-black guise. In reality, I could have done without the snug seating arrangement. But, like the rest of the car, they add an extra touch of personality to the brilliant interior. Now, a word on the SYNC and MyFordTouch systems. Yes, the very same user interfaces blasted by other outlets in the past. To my surprise, I found it rather okay. At times, it was fussy and fidgety, and I did find myself amongst a freeze at one point while searching for music, but I was never overly frustrated. Navigation was good, Bluetooth connection was a major plus and the various stations on the satellite radio did keep me entertained like a ten year old at FAO Schwarz. Exterior: 80% The signature "Screamin' Tangerine" (seriously, that's what they call the color) wasn't completely unbearable. Nothing to really scream about (sorry) unless you were over the age of 40, at which point, it would likely be in disgust. The larger wheels, the open mouth, and the sharper body panels all flowed towards the hatched rear rump nicely. Overall, it visually made for a sturdy, stocky yellow speed turtle. Practicality: 86%

BoldDrive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Practicality comes in two forms. Ford's sexy, new EcoBoost; the 2.0L 4-Cylinder turbocharged engine does return a thrifty 32 mpg on the highway and 23 in the city. Although, it should be noted that driving it like it owes you money did get us a bit less mpg than we had hoped, but relatively close at about 29 or 30 highway. Practicality-part-two is a big plus for those of you looking for something both sporty and capable of transporting children, dogs, dead bodies, or baby hippopotami. It's spacious. And that ass is big and beautiful and full of room. One thing I did notice when transporting my tequila though, was the lack of a net to place it neatly, so it sort of just flung around dangerously in the back. Fun: 88% Overall, it was really really fantastic. A head-turning hot hatch with speed, amenities and a healthy serving of practicality. Kids? No problem. Luggage? You're covered. A sporty little hatch with more power than a GTI or WRX? You bet your sweet, yellow ass. Truth be told, I wish they would have let me keep it for a bit longer so that I had enough time to flee the country, grow a mustache and start a new family at the helm of my new Focus ST. But I didn't, so, now I might just have to go buy one. With real money. Le sigh…

BoldDrive: 2013 Ford Focus ST

Performance: 82% Interior: 84% Exterior: 80% Practicality: 86% Fun: 88%

Overall: 84%

Make: Ford Model: Focus ST Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost HP: 252 0-60: 5.9 Seconds MPG: 23 / 32