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FFTeam 01-25-2013 01:52 PM

Edmunds: 2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test
A friend of mine is thinking about getting a new car this summer. So far his dream pick has been a used, 2011 Mustang GT (the first year with the new 5.0-liter V8). But he's always been a little hesitant given that he has a family. The Mustang's limited practicality, fuel bills and insurance would all be problematic.

So, I've been telling him that for pretty much the same money he could get a new 2013 Focus ST instead. Granted, the ST can't deliver the muscular, rear-drive thrills that a V8 pony car can. But for just about everything that's important to him, it'd be better. It's still very fun to drive, yet it's got four doors, a super useful hatchback area and an EPA highway estimate of 32 mpg.

I showed him our long-term Focus ST yesterday. He really liked it. I even told him it's just as cool as the Mustang, too, though in a different way. Of that, he wasn't so sure. But I'll let the ST sink it a little. I'll be curious to see what he ends up with.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,802 miles

erogers10287 01-25-2013 03:11 PM

I just bought one on Tuesday and couldn't be happier.

rgonyer 02-10-2013 08:40 PM

Almost 10k on my ST3, and loving it.

rgonyer 02-11-2013 10:42 AM

Actually - going to hit 10K on my way home from work tonight. Time for an oil change!

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