Ford has released the official Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings for its 2013 Focus ST. The hottest of Blue Oval hatches will manage 32 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg combined from the turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. Ford notes those numbers best both the Volkswagen GTI five-door at 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway and the MazdaSpeed3 at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. At 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the Focus ST also bests the Volkswagen in power, but loses that fight to the Mazda.

Judging by our recent first drive, that doesn't stop the machine from being plenty entertaining, however. With a conservative 0-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top end of 155 mph, this is about as far from a rental Focus at the Hertz lot as one can get. For comparison's sake, the base, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder Focus is capable of up to 40 mpg highway with a special fuel economy package, but it also delivers 92 fewer horsepower and far fewer thrills. Check out the full press release below.
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2013 Ford Focus ST Achieves Class-Leading 32 MPG Highway

• Highly efficient new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine helps 154-mph Ford Focus ST achieve 32 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg combined

• Six-speed manual-only Focus ST bests manual-equipped Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3 in fuel economy ratings

• 2.0-liter EcoBoost variants now offered on Focus, Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Escape and Taurus


DEARBORN, Mich., July 12, 2012 – The 2013 Ford Focus ST isn't just fast, it's frugal.

The Focus ST's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine is certified at 32 mpg highway – better than its manual-equipped competition in the Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3.

"We're putting the 'power' in the power of choice, again," said Raj Nair, Ford vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development. "This is just one more example of the 'win-win' in the Focus ST narrative. This kind of performance combined with these high levels of efficiency was unknown of until we made this car."

The choice of power
Compared with the previous-generation Ford Focus, which last made 140 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque, Focus ST gives up only 3 mpg on the highway but gains 112 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque for a total of 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft.

As another comparison, the base Focus 2.0-liter engine now makes 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque, but achieves as much as 40 mpg on the highway – another example of how Ford is delivering world-class fuel economy and performance.

EcoBoost rising
While Focus ST is the first four-cylinder performance EcoBoost engine, fuel-efficient EcoBoost powertrains are now a mainstay in Ford's lineup. Ford's annual EcoBoost production will grow to nearly 1.6 million engines globally by 2013.

On the other end of the spectrum from the Focus ST's 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the 1.0-liter EcoBoost – Ford's smallest, quietest engine ever – that arrives in one of the company's U.S. small cars next year. Already on sale in the European Focus, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was named the 2012 International Engine of the Year last month.

Additional 1.6-, 2.0- and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines are already available on Escape, Explorer, Edge, F-150, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles, and Taurus. EcoBoost offers up to a 15 percent reduction in CO2 versus larger-displacement, non-turbocharged engines.


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      Rick C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hot hatches. Fast, maneuverable, and cheap to run. What is there not to like?
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive numbers, but the way these cars will be driven (lead foot) I doubt most will get that kind of mileage. Still nice to have the option to take it easy and save some gas. And a great GTI/MS3 competitor!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am actively looking for my next new car, and just need to drive a Focus ST before making my decision. Right now it's down to MS3, low miles '11 GT, or one of these. No idea which way I will go yet, but those mpg figures are intriguing since this will be my commuter.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      My outback xt gets 19.5 average(conservative driving)....what i wouldn't do to get a car this fun to drive with anywhere near the posted mpgs....quit cryin', if you want these cars to stick around.
      Mikeman
      • 2 Years Ago
      To the whiners: get your ST and throw 185 width ECOMAX tires on it and you'll probably get the 36mpg you're pining for. Then change out the diff for something geared way taller, and you'll probably get 37-38. And your ST will suck. The Mustang V6's 31mpg was impressive to me until I drove it in that form (Automatic; the manual only gets 29mpg). It is geared so tall it doesn't even feel that fast...first gear is what I thought second would be. And the crappy All-Season tires don't lend themselves to much grip or fun in the turns at all, but they definitely help mileage. Ford could make an 'SFE' package for the ST, that would be for people who just want a focus that can pass more easily or blast down onramps; and not really be a true performance car. But I'm personally glad that they haven't!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      At the Focus ST Performance Academy event I attended, the MPG readout on the screens of most of the cars was around 14mpg, since they were being autocrossed nonstop! These cars are incredible to drive!
      Travis Miles
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great value
      • 2 Years Ago
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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love almost everything about this car, even its lack of a proper diff seems to be well managed and the car actually is tuned to oversteer, which is remarkable in an FWD production car. It seems to combine near GTI levels of refinement and relative luxuries, with near MS3 levels of grunt and rawness. So while the GTI may get knocked for being a little too soft and under powered these days, and the MS3 for wicked torque steer and being a bit crude, the ST seems to be the happy medium and better than either overall. And it slightly beats both at the fuel pumps, not that +- 1 or 2 EPA mpg really make for much in the real world. I just wonder why these hatchbacks are so heavy these days? I hope the RS (that SHOULD come to North America, Ford!) manages to shed some pounds and stay hardcore. I would rather it had 270 hp but under 3000lb than 330 hp and 3300+lb. Of course, the latter would be ok if it had AWD, because while the best of diffs and struts can make FWD even outhandle most AWD setups, it all kind of falls apart when you get much over 300hp, at least in launch traction. Also, any news on the Fiesta ST/RS?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        Fiesta ST MIGHT come to North America. No word on an RS for either the Focus or Fiesta; last I heard they would only build one RS, not both.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 6.5 to 60 is definitely conservative. And having just driven this at the Ford ST performance academy in NJ, i can say first hand this thing is a blast! They said the autocross track was a 2nd gear track( shift to 2nd and stay there the whole time) but all the Ford guys said it could easily be done in 1st they just didnt trust all the people there with knowing how to drive an autocross track. That being said, with 270lbs of torque, this thing pulled great on such a tight technical track. Now if only you could get a fully loaded ST with the 2 tone Recaro's that you can only get in the mid-spec package...
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        well its 0-62 not 60 so that may not be too conservative. Sometimes 0-100kph takes another shift and can inflate that number. So 0-60 is likely in the range of 6.0-6.2
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had I only known I could have picked this up for the same price as my Titanium Focus I would have waited.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        news on this car has been rolling out since the new Focus was released late 2011... and since this motor manages 30 mpg in the Edge, there was no question (2 years ago) it would best that in the lighter, more aerodynamic Focus ST. you should have payed more attention, no offense.
          AddLightness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          Mike referred to the "same price", not the mpg. Pricing wasn't announced until recently.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        It depends on what you get. I priced a manual Titanium with MFT etc and got to near 25k. This thing starts around that and goes up, waaaay up if you want MFT.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
          well, if you add wheels tires, suspension, approx 90 more horse, recaros then one would expect a premium no?...
      TPGIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't pretty much the same engine get 32 highway in the Taurus?
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