2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Sporty Compact Car

2016 Ford Focus ST

Best Sporty Compact Car:
2016 Ford Focus ST

Where sporty compact cars are concerned, the Ford Focus ST is the complete package. It looks fast, it actually is fast and in a boon for those who need to justify such a fun purchase, the Focus ST boasts a category-topping 5-Year Cost to Own figure.

So, how do you make such an exciting car without breaking the bank? Build from an affordable starting point; in this case, the Focus hatchback. On top of that already capable foundation Ford adds a host of performance-focused (pun intended) upgrades including unique front and rear fascias, a racy flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a tasty 2-liter turbocharged engine. That last bit flings the Focus forward with gusto thanks to its stout 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, while also returning up to 32 mpg on the highway.

Offered exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Focus ST is a Ford to be reckoned with at the race track and a joy on winding back roads. Key to those road-holding abilities are 18-inch wheels with summer tires and a race-tuned suspension. Despite all the go-fast touches the ST is still a Focus hatchback, making it a fine commuter and an adept cargo-hauler.

Given its elevated thrill-quotient the Ford Focus ST's base price of $25,300 is quite reasonable, contributing to its low 5-Year Cost to Own. Even loaded with leather-trimmed Recaro sport seats, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, a heated steering wheel, $595 worth of Tangerine Scream paint, and countless other goodies the loaded price rings in at a still quite sane $30,295. Good times without the financial guilt. Sounds like a winning combination.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$34,077
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec/RE:FLEX

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec/RE:FLEX

Add the magic of turbocharging to the asymmetrical hatchback design of the Hyundai Veloster and the result is a swift, 201-horsepower head turner.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,424
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 MINI Countryman Cooper S/John Cooper Works

2016 MINI Countryman Cooper S/John Cooper Works

Additional roominess and available all-wheel drive make the Mini Countryman the go-to choice for Mini fans whose lifestyle has outgrown the tiny Mini Cooper.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,096
as of December 31, 2015

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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