In a change of pace from the high-end vehicles that often appear in Jay Leno's Garage, Ford sends its hottest hatchback (in the US, at least), the 252-horsepower Focus ST, to be featured on Leno's show. Accompanying the five-door hatch is its chief engineer, Jamal Hameedi.

Riding on stylish 18-inch wheels with summer tires and with a spoiler that doubles as a lunch tray, Hameedi and Leno walk us through the finer points of what makes the ST special, which also includes bigger brakes, torque vectoring, a manual transmission and, of course, 252 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque from the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which is made possible by 21 psi of turbocharged boost.

Watch the video below to see what Leno thinks of the global Focus ST.


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      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... much... denim...
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      How are the sales of the ST doing? I've read you can get a super great deal on them because they aren't moving as quickly as projected especially now that the Fiesta ST is available. After two years of being out in the NA market, why now is this painfully obvious forced (Jay looked like like he was doing a favor) review happening now?? I'm seeing Focus ST's with ST3 package going for $24,500 in the NY-Metro area.
        Lastchance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dohc73
        In Boston metro area you can find 2013 St3 for about 25,000. Maybe less if you haggle over the price.
      Juxtaposed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jay looks toasted!
      PICKLEBOY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't realize it had 21psi of boost... I don't want to know what that engine makes naturally aspirated
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        Same as any other 2.0 NA motor with reduced compression. You cant compare the two really.
      brucec039
      • 1 Year Ago
      What some people may not know is that this summer, with incentives and a good deal, you could drive a base version off the lot for only $21,000. TTL, everything. That's subcompact econobox territory.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      AB should hire Leno to do their reviews.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      LIke the car a lot, my other half would never let me buy it though. Oh well.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jay's hair at the end...Jesus LOL
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car has all the good things needed in a performance car except one ... reliability ! Ford Focus problems are many & with a performance model like the ST joining the ranks the problems will just increase ! While the torque vectoring is nice to have how about just engineering some reliability into the car first before adding the technology features. Much prefer to have a car to rely on then having to go back to the dealer & wonder when / if the problems will ever get fixed ! Even under warranty its No Fun ! But then owners might be feeling better seeing their Astin Martin look alike front end peeking out of the service bay ! Ford Focus Fanatics . com has a website dedicated to Focus owners who can tell their stories ... also offering advice on problems. Wanted to believe in the Focus ST but there are better choices & Jay didn't mention the Subaru WRX for one !
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      You realize it’s a well disguised MS3 right?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        [blocked]
        Rieku Ame
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Ahhhhh, no. MS3 use to be king of hot hatches, at least in the US, but that time has been over for a while. Trust me. I own one and it doesn't compare to the new Focus ST in handling. Oh the MS3 is quick, but its torque management sucks by today's standstandards.
          drew
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rieku Ame
          I think his point was that they are based on the same platform, which is true.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drove one of these two weeks ago and boy what a damn good car this is!
      Travii
      • 1 Year Ago
      i would prefer a Mazdaspeed3 any day
        Lastchance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Travii
        The St is more practical for every day use. The speed is just to rough around the edges, though it is more performance oriented than the ST. I could not drive the car every day in Massachusetts without a weekly chiropractic visit.
        Daniel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Travii
        Agreed. Not that the ST is a bad car, it's just the Speed3 is more fun. The ST is completely competent and a logical choice, but it doesn't make you smile the way a Speed3 does. I pick up my Speed3 next week, after having driven and debated both these cars for the past month. They are similarly equipped for similar money, so it comes down to a matter of which appeals to you more.
        carnut0913
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Travii
        considering a top end mazda 3 - non- Speed, is 27K- Ill stick with the ST.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carnut0913
          Head on over to Fords website. You can build a non-ST Focus to that price, too.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carnut0913
          Considering a top end Focus non-ST is $29k, I'll ignore your comment.
        rdaex1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Travii
        Speed requires Premium and the mileage is DOGCRAP
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