Focus ST or Fusion SE 1.6 Ecoboost 6-spd M/T? Which would you pick? - 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    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-12-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
mjd4277
King of all blacks!!
 
mjd4277's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Fan#: 64900
Location: Fitchburg, MA
What I Drive: 2013 Fusion SE,2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Posts: 2,676
FF Reputation: 7 mjd4277 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Focus ST or Fusion SE 1.6 Ecoboost 6-spd M/T? Which would you pick?

The last time I went up to Portsmouth Ford for maintenance,they had 4 Focus STs in their inventory and about 45 Fusions. The one "special" Fusion they had in their inventory was equipped with the 1.6 liter EcoBoost and 6-spd manual tranny combo. All the vehicles were comparably priced(originally around $28K but there are discounts)and I'm tempted to trade in the Focus coupe for one or the other. Which you pick if you had the money?


__________________
1975 MG MGB Mk IV "Downshift"
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth "Scorpion"
2013 Fusion SE "Epyon"
2003 Nissan Frontier SVE "Trailbreaker"
Team Duratec #241-Bailout Money?!?! WTF is that??
mjd4277 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
2002greenzx3
Not so green zx3
 
2002greenzx3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Fan#: 69341
Location: Malvern, PA
What I Drive: 2010 Mazda3 GT, 1990 Nissan 240sx

Posts: 7,199
FF Reputation: 2 2002greenzx3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (9)
ST for sure. or wait to the fiesta ST
__________________
Moderator for: General Chat Lounge, Ford Focus Build Showroom, and Mid-Atlantic Fanatics

DD: 2010 Mazda3 Grand Touring, 6 speed
Project/beater: 1990 Nissan 240sx, 5 speed
2002greenzx3 is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
suss6052
Focus Addict
 
suss6052's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95752
Location: ..., MI
What I Drive: 2013 Ford Focus ST2 Ingot Silver

Posts: 12,165
FF Reputation: 23 suss6052 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjd4277 View Post
The last time I went up to Portsmouth Ford for maintenance,they had 4 Focus STs in their inventory and about 45 Fusions. The one "special" Fusion they had in their inventory was equipped with the 1.6 liter EcoBoost and 6-spd manual tranny combo. All the vehicles were comparably priced(originally around $28K but there are discounts)and I'm tempted to trade in the Focus coupe for one or the other. Which you pick if you had the money?
Focus ST, it will be faster. The Fusion would be nice, but either someone backed out of the order for some reason or the dealer created a fake sales order to get one.

The Focus is built in Michigan, and the Fusion for the most part is still built in Mexico. I'm not aware of them building even a nominal amount of cars at Flat Rock yet.
__________________
Moderator for: DURATEC Ti-VCT Performance, ST Performance, MK3 Focus
suss6052 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #4
mjd4277
King of all blacks!!
 
mjd4277's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Fan#: 64900
Location: Fitchburg, MA
What I Drive: 2013 Fusion SE,2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Posts: 2,676
FF Reputation: 7 mjd4277 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
The Fusion would be nice, but either someone backed out of the order for some reason or the dealer created a fake sales order to get one.

The Focus is built in Michigan, and the Fusion for the most part is still built in Mexico. I'm not aware of them building even a nominal amount of cars at Flat Rock yet.
The Fusion I mentioned was regular dealer inventory. No one backed out of it.
Portsmouth Ford is known for keeping a decent amount of M/T vehicles in its inventory
__________________
1975 MG MGB Mk IV "Downshift"
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth "Scorpion"
2013 Fusion SE "Epyon"
2003 Nissan Frontier SVE "Trailbreaker"
Team Duratec #241-Bailout Money?!?! WTF is that??
mjd4277 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
Twenty
Sonic's Mk3 Crew #17
 
Twenty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Fan#: 90312
Location: Calgary, Canada
What I Drive: 2012 YB SE sedan w/ ST exterior

Posts: 4,127
FF Reputation: 9 Twenty Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
A manual Fusion would be fun and I would certainly like one, but to have to choose between the two I would probably find myself going towards a Focus ST - especially if a Tangerine Scream unit is available.
__________________
officialTHREETWENTY
2012 Yellow Blaze Focus SE Sedan (DD+Project)
1992 Bright White Grand Prix SE Sedan (Project)
SR #74/SMk3C #17/YBOC #03
Bill M.
Twenty is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
Dgc333
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85422
Location: Pembroke, MA
What I Drive: 2012, candy blue, SEL

Posts: 710
FF Reputation: 1 Dgc333 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
My take is you have to decide whether you want a fast superb handling car that gets decent economy (ST) or larger more comfortable car with barely adequate performance and no better economy (Fusion) than the ST.
Dgc333 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
04ZTSJelf
Focus Enthusiast
 
04ZTSJelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100701
Location: Central, KY
What I Drive: 04 D23 Sedan

Posts: 517
FF Reputation: 1 04ZTSJelf Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
I'd pick the ST, just like that. Wouldn't even think about it, haha.
__________________
2004 DSG ZTS D23
-SVT suspension, Saleen STB, Steeda SRI.
04ZTSJelf is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #8
Red Jay 918
Focus Fanatic
 
Red Jay 918's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Fan#: 79277
Location: Tulsa, OK
What I Drive: 2010 Focus SE

Posts: 1,859
FF Reputation: 7 Red Jay 918 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Focus ST w/o question.... Fusion isn't much of a midsize sedan anymore. i was checking out the weight of its counterpart (MKZ) w/ AWD and the 3.7L V6... well over 4200+lbs. now if you said the 2010-2012 2.5L w/ a turbo and 6 speed manual or Sport w/ the 3.5L (regardless of FWD/AWD for me) then THAT could be a difficult decision...
Red Jay 918 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:25 PM   #9
HilloNative
Focus Fanatic
 
HilloNative's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Fan#: 43548
Location: Minnetonka, MN
What I Drive: '04 EAP Sonic Blue SVT, '04 Ranger

Posts: 1,761
FF Reputation: 4 HilloNative Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
ST no doubt!
__________________
Nacidos Ford... Nacidos Fuerte...
2004 Sonic Blue SVT ZX3 EAP # 187, 1 of 74. Few mods done, more to come
HilloNative is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
suss6052
Focus Addict
 
suss6052's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 95752
Location: ..., MI
What I Drive: 2013 Ford Focus ST2 Ingot Silver

Posts: 12,165
FF Reputation: 23 suss6052 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (3)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjd4277 View Post
The Fusion I mentioned was regular dealer inventory. No one backed out of it.
Portsmouth Ford is known for keeping a decent amount of M/T vehicles in its inventory
When did ford change the order bank? Last we were told was that Ford would not produce a single manual 1.6 L Fusion unless there was an actual customer assigned to the order (i.e. a retail sold order) and not just a dealer stock order.

In any case I still would take the Focus as its a better car to drive. Faster, more agile, etc.

The manual Fusion is intriguing, but the 1.6 isn't quite up to the task of swaying the choice away from the ST.
__________________
Moderator for: DURATEC Ti-VCT Performance, ST Performance, MK3 Focus
suss6052 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

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 06:20 PM.


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

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.