The 2017 Ford Focus ST is one of two performance-oriented “hot hatch” variants of the Focus hatchback. While not as athletic or powerful as the all-wheel-drive Focus RS, it provides enthusiasts with a welcome balance of utility, performance, and sporty good looks at a reasonable price.
The Focus ST remains mostly unchanged for the 2017 model year. It was added to the Focus’ lineup in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model. Since then, the third-generation compact hatchback hasn’t been significantly redesigned. Although the ST underwent some updates in 2015, including refreshed interior and exterior styling, an upgraded infotainment system, and optional all-season tires.
The ST is only available as a four-door, five-seat, front-wheel-drive hatchback. It offers drivers about 100 more horsepower than a base Focus, as well as nimble handling, responsive steering, and strong braking. Nevertheless, it functions well as a comfortable commuter that can cart the kids around and haul a fair amount of cargo.