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Contributing Editor - October 15, 2015

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2016 Ford Focus ST OVERVIEW

After Ford killed the SVT (Special Vehicle Team) back in 2005, its U.S. market lacked a high-performance version of the compact Focus until the ST hatchback debuted for the 2013 model year. Last year, all Focus models, included the ST, earned an appearance freshening that included rectangular headlights, a more sculpted hood, new flat-bottomed steering wheel, and new racing stripes. During 2016, Ford is expected to release the hotter-yet RS model, which has been available in Europe for years but never before at American dealerships.

What's New for 2016

Little has changed for the 2016 model year.

Ford Focus ST Front Quarter

Choosing Your Focus ST

Buyers need not be bogged down by excessive choices when shopping for a Focus ST. Only one drivetrain is available, highlighted by a 2-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that whips up 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels, as in all Focus models.

A Focus ST can accelerate to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, and achieves an EPA gas-mileage estimate of 23 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.

With no engine or transmission options, the only choices to be made are from the three trim levels. ST2 and ST3 are officially extra-cost option groups, building upon the basic ST hatchback.


Despite ranking as a base model of the Focus ST, the ST1 edition comes quite well equipped. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, a rearview camera, two-tone sports seats, and a rear spoiler. In this basic setup, the ST runs $25,245 (including destination charge). Plenty of options are available for the ST1 trim level, including an exterior stripe, foglamps, moonroof, ambient lighting, and navigation system. All options are à la carte. Ford doesn't bundle any of them into packages for the ST.


Moving into the ST2 trim level costs $2,995 extra, adding premium features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, HID (high-intensity-discharge) headlights, HD radio, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, SYNC 3, voice activation, and partial-leather Recaro seats. As with the basic ST, many separate options can be specified, but no packages.


Topping the ST range, priced at $4,995 above ST, the ST3 trim level comes with heated mirrors and steering wheel, navigation, an overhead console, carbon fiber interior accents, and full-leather Recaro sports seats with powered driver’s adjustment. Just like the above trim levels, you can choose from a menu of individual options.

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CarsDirect Tip

Like the Focus ST models that came before, the 2016 edition is practically a “steal” in its base-level (ST1) format. In fact, it's our personal pick of the lineup. Additional features would do little to make the performance-oriented Focus ST a better car, unless you simply cannot survive without leather or GPS assistance.

Ford Focus ST Rear Quarter

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