2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Ford

image2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

I'm quite familiar with our 2013 Ford Focus ST, but the more I drive it the more I like it.

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  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILMember Posts: 531
    I would love one of these for my next car. The only thing that gives me reservations is the interior. It just seems overstyled to me. I'm going to wait until the next-gen GTI comes out next year and compare them back to back before I decide.
  • hybrishybris Member Posts: 365
    If there is only one thing I would really want in the Focus it be an AWD option. I realize that it would raise the price point a bit if done right but I think it would worth it for people like me who are facing snowstorms and the like and can't get out of their obligations but would like something cheaper to drive for the rest of year.
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    @hybris: The argument I keep making to people (and keep in mind I live and work in both Ontario and Michigan) is that 98% of the time, you are OK with a FWD car with snow tires and traction control even if you have absolutely zero car control. The biggest
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILMember Posts: 531
    Right on, duck. I drove a Mustang through 5 Chicago winters and never once got stuck, and never collided with another car. Now I drive a Focus (with NO traction control or ABS) and I've driven through another 6 winters with the same absence of problems. Winter tires + 2wd > all-seasons + awd... and costs less too.
  • jederinojederino Member Posts: 0
    Anecdote - I heard from first responders at Steven's Pass in WA that most cars they recover from the ditch tend to be AWD. Yeah, turning and breaking are not helped by AWD at all, and the confidence the drivers get could be illusory...
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