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2014 Ford Focus ST

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2014 Ford Focus ST Review

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For decades, American driving enthusiasts have grouched that the Europeans really did get all the good stuff. Then Ford shipped the Focus ST 5-door hatchback across the Atlantic, had the gumption to leave it alone, and the grouching is over. This IS the good stuff. All the usual cliches about what it means to have a finely-chiseled, European-style performance driving experience apply, and those who have been waiting for this level of response and refinement should beat a path to the local Ford dealer. It looks great, drives even better and, to top it all off, it’s roomy, fuel-efficient and affordable. Being able to compete with such pocket rockets as the Mazdaspeed3 and Volkswagen GTI, the 2014 Focus ST is, assuredly, the good stuff.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’ve looked with envy at those fortunate European enthusiasts who could experience the crisp handling of a responsive chassis and the exhilarating performance of a strong yet relatively small-displacement engine, the Focus ST means your wait is over. It’s also an efficient family car – but we won’t tell.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Admittedly, the 2014 Focus ST is not for everyone. A relatively small turbocharged engine won’t deliver the low-speed torque of a V8 or V6, its smallish size and its characteristics may not be welcome or advantageous on slogging commutes or Interstate cruises. It’s for the curvy road less traveled.

What's New for 2014

As the Ford Focus ST was all-new for 2013 the changes for 2014 are minor. There’s a Rado Gray Alloy Wheel Package that includes darker argent wheels and red brake calipers, and optional “Focus ST Racing Stripes” to adorn things from front to back.

Driving the Focus ST
Driving Impressions

Ford’s ST team has cleverly adapted a proven, high-volume platform to performance-car standards without sacrificing much utility or user-friendliness. That’s a neat trick, but the platform seems infinitely adaptable. Drawing...

... on American, Asian and European resources, ST engineers supplied the picante sauce with engine, steering and suspension upgrades that go beyond mere tuning. They changed what engineers refer to as “hard points” to give the suspension better geometry and better anti-roll-bar attachment points, and they made ingenious modifications to the steering rack to give a more precise feel, whatever the conditions. Of course, a performance car isn’t really a performance car without quick acceleration, so ST engineers gave the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine the ability to go into “over-boost” mode for 15 seconds of hard-on-the-gas bursts. The result is the best driving experience you’ll find in this country that has a Ford blue oval.

2.0-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
The 4-cylinder engine in the previous-edition Ford Focus offered 140 horsepower, so you can see why we really like the new EcoBoost 4-cylinder that delivers an amazing 112 additional horsepower with a negligible drop in fuel economy. This thing rips!

SUPERBLY RESPONSIVE HANDLING
Handling that seems tuned by a laser is the reason serious enthusiasts are drawn to cars like this, and that’s not only the Focus ST’s strongest suit, it’s the car’s most important reason for being. It really has to be experienced to be appreciated, and appreciate it we do.

2014 Ford Focus ST Details
Interior

The “normal” Ford Focus has an attractive interior, but the Focus ST takes it upscale. Among our favorite features are the optional Recaro front seats, which allow the cushion to be both tilted and extended, enhancing thigh support. The Recaros are also terrific for holding the occupants in place when the driving enthusiasm picks up steam. In the rear is a bench seat made more comfortable with an advanced type of foam. The Focus ST also has a unique steering wheel, gearshift lever and pedals to further announce its high-performance mission, and the twin-pod instrument panel groups instruments and controls in a manner that’s ergonomically logical and easy to use.

Exterior

There is no mistaking the 2014 Ford Focus ST as anything but the most performance-oriented variant in the Focus line, yet to its credit it’s not covered with scoops, spoilers and similar hey-look-at-me tomfoolery. Instead, the 5-door offers a well-integrated, high-mounted spoiler and mild rocker panel skirting to exhibit its performance-cred without shouting it. We’re fans of the brawny 5-spoke alloy wheels and the blacked-out grille. The rear of the car is also attractive with the spoiler balanced by an interesting and stylish approach to its center-mounted twin exhaust tips.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Focus ST has everything one needs for the adrenaline-rushing business of high-performance motoring, including the wonderful 252-horsepower EcoBoost turbocharged engine, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox, impeccably-tuned suspension and steering, plus distinctive interior and exterior treatments – everything about the Focus ST very tastefully, yet unquestionably, announces that this car is for serious driving enjoyment.

Optional Equipment

Recaro seats lead the option list, although we’d consider them a must-have in the ST. New options for 2014 include the Rado Gray Alloy Wheel Package, which includes 18” aluminum-alloys in a darker argent tone and red brake calipers, and the Focus ST Racing Stripes, available in black only, which wrap up and over from front to back. Continuing options include automatic temperature control and LED interior ambient lighting.

Under the Hood

We are big fans of the 252-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that is the only choice in the Focus ST. Not only does it provide impressive peak horsepower and superb performance, it also delivers a wide, flat torque curve, making for surprisingly good all-around drivability. Direct injection and a low-inertia turbocharger that is allowed to go into short bursts of “over-boost” contribute to the remarkable power output. We were also impressed with the 6-speed manual transmission, but slightly disappointed that a paddle-shifting dual-clutch transmission is not on the option list. With a 0-60 mph time in the mid-6 seconds, the 2013 Focus ST offers serious quantities of fun-to-drive.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
252 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg

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2014 Ford Focus ST Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 498 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    7.4/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

Great Little Car

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and economical"

Cons: "Not the greatest head room for tall folks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an amazing little car. It rides like a big sedan, gets 27 to 28 mpg city and 38 mpg hwy. it is quick "off the line" when you need that shot of speed in traffic. It corners tightly, almost like a sports car. The paint is still great after 2 years not garaged. I highly recommend this car."

I wouldnt Buy a 2013-2015 ford focus

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,800

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've had nothing but issues with this car I have had the clutch replaced 5 times and still the problem isn't fixed and ford isn't willing to buy back my car. I would not recommend a ford to anyone go with another brand like Mazda or Chevy."

Love it!

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent MPG"

Cons: "nothing so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I read so many bad reviews about this car that at some point I wasn't sure about getting it, so I saw some elantra's, sentra's, forte's and civic's but the focus was my favorite one, so I ended up getting it. I drive every day 35 miles to go to work, and of course another 35 to go back home, and I haven't yet felt that "shaking" that a lot of people are talking about. I love my focus and I am very happy about my decision! MPG= 40.2 so far... thats my favorite part, it is super economic! I drive most of the time on the highway and it has a lot of power, sometimes I have to slow down because I'm going over 80mph. I wanted a car just for a few months but now I want to have this car for a couple of years."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Would Be Amazing Minus Transmission Problems

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,086

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, fun to drive, comfortable,"

Cons: "Major transmission problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This is the first car I ever purchased new and I went all out with the Titanium to get all of the extras I wanted like leather interior and a moon roof. This car is great on gas, handles really well, is good for long drives, can actually hold quite a bit in the trunk, and is comfy. If that was it, I would absolutely say this is the best car ever because I really, truly love it. BUT, there is a recall on the transmission that I've brought my vehicle in for several times and it's still not right. Everything was fine with the car initially, then after a couple months it started shuddering when shifting through first gear and got progressively worse. I took it in a few times before they finally ordered a replacement clutch and serviced my vehicle. Everything was great after getting the new clutch for a few months and then my car started shuddering again when shifting through first gear, and now second gear as well. I just brought it in to the dealer again and they said two of the computer systems responsible for the transmission shifting gears needed to be reprogrammed, which they did and the transmission is still shuddering through first and second gear. I'm so bummed out because I love everything else about this car, but this is not great for a car that's only 2 years old."

Great Car in Most Situations

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, visibility, good mileage & cargo capacity"

Cons: "Rear sit inconvenient to fold down flat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only thing I dislike is the amount of work it takes to fold the rear seats flat. Once I do it however, I can fit my bicycle in there, so it's roomy. Other than that so far I'm very happy with the driving experience, gas mileage, comfort, and appearance of this car. It has been reliable, with the caveat that I don't put a lot of miles on it.I mostly drive just myself and one passenger in it. The rear seat would be tight for taller passengers,."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great Gas Mileage Quie Comfort Transmission Issues

By on Friday, June 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, fun to drive"

Cons: "transmission issue that dealers won't tell about"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car is perfectly good however the dealer forgot to mention the very obvious transmission issue. It causes noticeable shuddering and definitely affects the first few gear changes moving away from a stop. The gas mileage is very reasonable about 35 mpg given a mix of highway and city driving. The interior is comfortable and the standard radio(non-touch screen) is perfectly adequate. The overdrive makes driving up and down gravel back roads easy. The trunk is very spacious considering the sedan's size. Given that the power train warranty is still in effect I believe its a smart consideration for a used car."

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