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.
By Sammy on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fair price and a comfortable ride"
Cons: "sync can be difficult to use if no one shows you"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had my focus for the last 7 months. I am a single guy and it has been a great car so far. Very comfortable, fun and affordable. I achieved 40 mpg on my way to San Fransico, with 3 other people in the car. They mentioned that they were comfortable as well and thats almost a 600 mile round-trip. Overall I am impressed with the quality, the quietness and efficiency of the vehicle."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Stevie Babes on Monday, October 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Handling, Smooth ride, quiet, Design, Quality"
Cons: "transmission is unique, and patience is needed."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"A very nimble road feel, but long wheelbase and suspension feels smooth and quiet on rough roads. Very fast pickup when needed, and 6 spd Automatic Transmission is great and smooth shifting. Easy/Fun to drive in all kinds of traffic. With only 2000 mi driven mine is getting MPG as advertised. Paint and trim quality very high, perfect. "Feels" as good as '98 Honda Prelude I once had. I am impressed with the Pricing, a great deal $ !"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Kay P. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Moved back to area where I needed 4 wheel drive, had some issues with Focus.
Pros: "A lot for the price, luxurious interior for Ford"
Cons: "Clutch issues ruin everything else"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Ford did a great job with the redesign of the Focus in 2012. The car comes with options of a ton of great technology that other competitors at the price do not offer and driving the car is pure fun. Not to mention, it gets great gas mileage. I was always shocked at how good my mpgs were! However, because this engine was redesigned in 2012, the clutch is plagued with issues. I even had it replaced under warranty (with the same clutch by Ford) and it did nothing to fix the grinding noises and junting that happens when the car switches gears (I drive an automatic). It makes you think something is wrong with the car even though Ford claims it is not. Something is wrong. It also vibrates when idling and Ford claims there is no fix for these issues. All the little things about this car are great, but Ford messed up with the design of this engine. I finally gave in and went back to owning a BMW because I knew they would never put a clutch in a vehicle that could not be fixed. The value of this vehicle also depreciated greatly compared to other car brands over a two year period."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful