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Old 10-11-2012, 08:28 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Goinloco1 View Post
Why waste the time trying to get used to something? I test drove an st and wasn't impresses.could you honestly do a 5,000 mile road trip in one comfortably? After 10 mimutes I'd decided no way.
I really didnt like banging the passengers knee when shifting or not being able to grab the shifter to change gears while taking a right because his leg was there.
What happened to the room? they magically become a fiesta once you step inside.
And the gas mileage sucks bad.
what happened to the sports car ford was going to build out of the focus?
A 5,000 mile road trip? I couldn't do that in any vehicle, even the cushiest Merc or BMW. 500 miles in an ST? No problem. It's a very comfortable car to me. I like seats that can support me when I'm in a regular, upright driving position. I don't like to scoot all around or recline like it's a lazyboy, but that's just me. I didn't encounter any passenger related issues with shifting it, but I did notice my knees bumped the console a couple times, I figured some seat adjustments would alleviate that, but didn't play around with it. Any car I drive takes at least a few minutes or hours or days of getting-used-to-it time. Hell if I play Gran Turismo long enough (with a proper wheel/pedals), it feels funny driving an actual car right afterwards.

The room seems to be similar to the Mk1 Focus to me in raw, usable space. Sure, the front "seems" cramped, but it's just because of the large dash, console, and pillars. The back seats had similar room to the Mk1, and the hatch space seemed longer, but a bit shorter height wise because of the full size spare and high load floor.

According to these four Fuelly logs, the real world mileage is about 25.7 mpg, which isn't terrible, but isn't stellar either. Four cars does not make a large sample though, and I can't say what the owners' driving habits are.

It is a sports car.. It does 154 mph. It does 0-60 in about 6 seconds. It does 0.96g on the skidpad. According to many sources, it's the most neutral handling FWD car to come out in quite a while. Is it not a sports car simply because it is so refined and well-mannered..?

Not trying to say that the ST is the best thing since sliced bread and that everyone should love it, I'm just saying that a 10 min test drive probably doesn't do the car justice. My 20 minute drive was too short for me to really get a good feel of the car, but it did make a lot of very positive impressions in that time.
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