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