Congrats Ford on Focus' 2013 10 Best award
Just reading the Car & Driver article and while #'s 1 & 2 went to Audi and BMW #3 went to the Focus/Focus ST. I've been saying this for the last 18 months, the handling, power and comfort of the car equates to something a lot more pricey. It's just simply a "nice one." Copied the article below.
Long on value, short on fluff, this is America's supercompact.
Never confuse cheapness with value. A cheap car endlessly reminds you of its inferiority. But value is doubly rewarding; it means paying the least amount possible for something of superior grade. And value perfectly describes the Ford Focus and Focus ST. A Focus might cost slightly more than other cars in its compact class, but for a few bucks extra, it's profoundly better. From the basic 160-hp Focus to the new 252-hp hot hatch, the entire lineup transcends the compact caste. It's as if Ford built the Focus's structure to compete with Mercedes-Benz, the steering with Porsche, and the suspension with Lotus. Ford might not have hit every mark—the automatic is still a dullard, for instance—but the reach upward lifts the Focus away from its competition. Even the electric version (deemed too pricey for a 10Best award) boasts the same blend of refinement and handling. Note that we did, however, add the ST to the list this year. It's like a younger, louder, and hungrier GTI, and we fell hard for it. But even the lowliest Focus is suffused with character and quality far above its price.
Ford Focus 2015 ST
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