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2017 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. Not until the ST hatchback debuted for the 2013 model year was that absence remedied. For 2015, all Focus models, including the ST, earned an appearance freshening that included rectangular headlights, a more sculpted hood, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and new racing stripes. During 2016, Ford released the hotter-yet RS model, which had been available in Europe for years, but never before at American dealerships.
What's New for 2017
A sunroof is now standard on the mid-level ST2 trim.
Choosing Your Focus ST
Buyers need not be bogged down by tedious 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 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway (25 mpg in combined driving). Torque vectoring control adjusts power delivery from side to side for enhanced cornering ability.
With no engine or transmission options, your only major choice is trim level. The ST2 and ST3 are officially extra-cost Equipment Groups (401A and 402A, respectively), building on the contents of the basic ST hatchback.
Like the Focus ST models that came before, the 2017 edition is practically a giveaway in base trim. 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. Some extras might be tempting, but taking them in a group is comparatively costly.
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