2013 Ford Focus ST Review & Drive - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace

Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus ST > Focus ST

Focus ST The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the MK3 2013-Current Focus ST.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
lildisco's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 5761
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, OH
What I Drive: 06 Mazda6i, 08 Mazda CX7 GT AWD

Posts: 6,642
FF Reputation: 47 lildisco Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (8)
2013 Ford Focus ST Review & Drive

On Wednesday October 17, 2012 I had an chance to test drive the all new Focus ST on behalf of FocusFanatics.com. Here's how my day with the 2013 Ford Focus ST went:

My day started with a two hour journey north to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon my arrival to the hotel parking lot, I noticed a row of nine very colorful Focus ST's, ranging from Race Red, Tangerine Scream & Performance Blue. I took this rare scene in for a minute & decided to snap a few pictures. My first impression was: "Wow, pretty stylish!" I was quickly greeted by Ford Representatives and they took me inside the hotel for a quick lunch & overview of the all new 2013 Focus ST. The room was filled with about 8 people from all sorts of media outlets, such as Fast Fords Magazine. Being 29, I felt a little awkward being the youngest out of the bunch, but that didn't stop anyone from being friendly and asking all kinds of questions.

As a First Generation Focus owner, I was filled with loads of questions for the Ford Engineers. Such as build quality, reliability, and improvements through the years. I was directed to Eddie Kahn, who has been with the SVT Development Team for 10 years. He listened to my first generation Focus story and we started up a casual 'Car Guy' conversation. After about 20 minutes of conversation, he excused himself to begin the presentation of the 2013 Focus ST. The presentation included several engineers coming up to discuss ST's characteristics and their role in developing the car. Including the center exit exhaust to the sound symposer, this takes specific noise from inside the engine bay and broadcasts that noise into the cabin. After the brief presentation, we were told to buddy up and pick a car. This being my first Ford Media Event, I didn't know what to do, so I just went outside to the row of ST's and made my pick of the ST that I was going to drive. I sat in a Performance Blue ST 2 with Satellite Navigation. The Recaro Seats are wonderful! They were very comfortable, supporting as well as stylish. The next thing I noticed was the steering wheel. At ten and two, the grips were soft almost cushion like. They weren't so soft that your hands would crush the steering wheel, but they were softer than your normal steering wheel. It was very comfortable steering wheel, if that makes sense. But don't let the wonderful Recaro seats and steering wheel fool you, this car means business. You'll notice a center gauge console on the dash that has your Oil & Water Temperatures, and a Boost Gauge, or as I would like to call the 'Fun Gauge'. It has a sporty 6 speed shifter with traction control that has 3 settings, Normal, Sport & Off.

By this time, a co-driver was found for me. I took the driver's seat for the stent as Ford had a pre-planned route for us to take. I started up the car and after the initial start up, I couldn't hear the engine. It was very quiet and if it wasn't for the tachometer & satellite navigation screen, I wouldn't have known the car was running. We left the parking with specific instructions from the Ford Representatives to 'have fun' and boy did we!

Once we left the restraints of the city, we were let loose onto the country side. I dropped to 2nd gear and could hear the sound symposer playing that sweet engine noise and felt my body sinking back into the comfortable Recaro seats. This thing handles like a dream around corners. Wherever I wanted to be in the corner, it went, with plenty of power coming out of the turn. The 18 inch wheels hugged the road with little to no screaming, or at least I did not notice as I was having way too much fun. Taking twisties after twisties, I lost track of time. With my co-pilot guiding me, I made it to the driver switch point. I felt sad that my time behind the driver's seat was over, but now I could take some time notice the other features about this particular Focus ST. The interior felt very sound and put together. I couldn't hear the wind noise or any creeks or any other noise besides the symposer when my co-pilot laid into the fun pedal. I would hear the occasional bump noises from the suspension when we went over rocks and road debris. You could definitely feel the bumps in the car when you went over something that wasn't supposed to be in the road. My co-pilot had the privilege of taking the ST out onto the highway. We both noticed how easy it was to be in any gear and accelerate without too much turbo lag, even in 6th gear. While cruising at highway speeds, the Ford Focus ST was quite nimble in midday Ann Arbor, Michigan. The car was very quiet at cruising, not even a throaty mumble.

After the brief highway cruise, it was back to the hotel to rejoin the rest of the ST group at the hotel. My co-pilot and I found Seema a Ford engineer who was eager to address any questions we had. Since I was a complete novice to this, I let Brad do most of the asking. He seemed to be very interested in the market niche that the Focus ST was aiming towards. Seema was very patient and answered every question to the best of her knowledge. I just laid back and listened for the most part. I was mainly in awe of much thought and strategic planning went into this vehicle. The demographic, the styling, and even the little touches like the sound symposer all were strategically implemented onto the car.

This car would definitely be one I would consider buying for a fun, yet semi-fuel effect car. Considering the other two vehicles in its class, the Volkswagen GTi & the Mazdaspeed 3, it comes down to what you do in your daily life. If you do a lot of hauling, then the Speed 3 is for you as it has a lot more storage capacity, but doesn't get as good fuel economy, and is quite thirsty when you lay into the fun pedal a lot. The GTi has the interior styling & ease of use for the interior controls. If you want a fun daily driver that also gets decent fuel economy, the Focus ST is for you!

I would like to thank the representatives from Ford for putting on this event and Focus Fanatics for letting me represent our awesome community. I've never been to one of these events before and Ford made the process seamless & laid back. If you guys ever need another tester/reviewer, feel free to call me anytime!

FocusFanatics.com Moderator

YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.

"I flushed a bag of skittles down the toilet yesterday and watched a NASCAR race in 8 seconds flat."
06 Spring Into Focus Best Sedan/Wagon Winner

03 SE SVT Wannabe (sold) to help pay for my 08 Cooper Red Mazda CX7 AWD GT

Last edited by lildisco; 12-01-2012 at 10:18 AM.
lildisco is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 10-29-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
M0derator Monkey
MisterJohnson's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Fan#: 51724
Location: Sonora, CA
What I Drive: '04 ZX3 D23

Posts: 4,441
FF Reputation: 30 MisterJohnson Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (18)
Great review, I wish I could've been there!!!!!!!

Originally Posted by lildisco View Post
I started up the car and after the initial start up, I couldn't hear the engine.
Well that definitely wouldn't stay the same if I bought one...
15.07 @ 93.49 Team Duratec #149
MisterJohnson is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
Focus Enthusiast
Join Date: Jun 2010
Fan#: 76247
Location: Daleville, AL
What I Drive: 2001 white zts,2001 white wagon,

Posts: 159
FF Reputation: 2 rangerbay Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well done. Thanks for the review.

rangerbay is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
Sonic's MK3 Crew #14
MotorcityJAX's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Fan#: 90253
Location: Jacksonville, FL
What I Drive: 2012, White Platinum, 5 Door SEL

Posts: 2,026
FF Reputation: 6 MotorcityJAX Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Very nice write up, well do e
2012 SEL 5 door, "Project Stormtrooper"
Hatch Nation #169
Sonic Crew #14 Metal Tails
Rally Rev #16
MotorcityJAX is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 10:13 PM   #5
Focus Enthusiast
aperson9923's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Fan#: 90061
Location: Bay Area - Marin County, CA
What I Drive: 2012 SGM Ti Hatch

Posts: 263
FF Reputation: 1 aperson9923 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I would trade my car in a heartbeat for an ST.... *WETTTT*
2012 Sterling Grey Metallic Ford Focus Titanium Hatch
401A, Navi, MFT, Rain Sensing Wipers
Built: 11/28/11 Arrived: 12/16/11 (4 Miles)
Mods: Tint 20/5, LockPick & Backup Camera, K&N Drop In
aperson9923 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 07:04 AM   #6
Focus Enthusiast
GrndZero's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Fan#: 9630
Location: Fayetteville NC, United States
What I Drive: 2002 Silver ZX5

Posts: 460
FF Reputation: 3 GrndZero Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
I test drove one a couple weeks back when a local dealer had one. I wish I had more time with it. I did not want to scare the dealer so I was taking is pretty easy with the car. It was hard to feel the turbo as I felt it did not have much lag to it or it just wasn’t really kicking in.
The seating was definitely different from my 2002. The seats feel like they sit further down into the car. Kind of feels like I was sitting in a pocket of the car. Not really an ST thing, just an MK3 thing. It drove very nicely and was very responsive.
I would still like to get one but I would be ordering one for sure. I will no longer take a car from the lot any longer.
2002.5 Silver Euro ZX5
GrndZero is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
FF Founder
Tom's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 2
Location: Austin, TX
What I Drive: 2005 Saleen ZX3 SES Turbo

Posts: 19,731
FF Reputation: 60 Tom Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
Nice article Devon. It would have been great for them to setup some cones in the parking lot and let you guys loose before going on your test drive.
Tom is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
Bexar County
Newkleus's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30810
Location: San Antonio, TX
What I Drive: 2002 CD Silver Focus SVT

Posts: 3,358
FF Reputation: 5 Newkleus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
I like them in Performance Blue.
2002 CD-Silver Focus SVT
Newkleus is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 11:41 PM   #9
Focus Addict
Join Date: Jul 2011
Fan#: 87978
Location: Springfield, MO
What I Drive: 2002, black SVT focus

Posts: 1,368
FF Reputation: 4 whimsicalpouch2 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
they should have made the ST come stock with red calipers for red ones, blue for blue, yellow for yellow etc.
it would look sickkk. or just all of them red or all yellow
Most Excellence!

#586 of #4788
whimsicalpouch2 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2012, 11:58 PM   #10
Focus Enthusiast
RazorbackMustang's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Fan#: 102875
Location: Springdale, AR
What I Drive: 2003 SVT Focus, 2011 Mustang GT

Posts: 110
FF Reputation: 1 RazorbackMustang Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Originally Posted by Newkleus View Post
I like them in Performance Blue.
:) I agree. Nice write up! I think it's awesome to see Ford recognizing the importance of digital media.
2011 Mustang GT
2013 Focus ST
RazorbackMustang is offline  
    Reply With Quote

Bookmarks & Social Networks
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:00 AM.

Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.