2018 Ford Focus ST

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Ford Focus ST. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    252-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Attractive styling
  • Fuel economy
  • Advanced electronic safety systems
  • Handling

The Bad

  • Tight interior space
  • Options get pricey
  • Visibility not the greatest
  • Automatic transmission performance

Notable Features of the 2018 Ford Focus ST

  • Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Turbo three-cylinder engine option
  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Performance-oriented ST and RS versions

2018 Ford Focus ST Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact car class; it's available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Most models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the SE sedan offers a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

The hatchback is also sold as the Focus Electric, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section, and as the sporty ST and performance RS.

New for 2018

There are no significant changes.

Focus ST
The Focus ST is a sportier version of the hatchback. Power comes from a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

What's Special

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires
  • Honeycomb grille
  • Sport suspension with firmer shocks and springs
  • Available Recaro sport seats

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great car for the price point.

by havasu486 from Tinley Park on October 8, 2018

As a daily driver it is a fun little car. Not the best fuel economy and not the greatest performance. Great compromise and a fun little car. Read full review

(5.0)

The best is yet to come.

by Adale51 from Fort Myers fl on October 2, 2018

The focus is a great platform for anyone. If your just starting to drive or want to have a fast fun sporty car. I recently purchased the focus st and have had a blast driving it all around town. This ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Focus ST currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Ford Focus ST has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Focus ST received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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