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September 25, 2013

Ford Focus ST brings surprising performance for small domestic car

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MyFord Touch media center was the only option package on the test car and included Sirius satellite radio, navigation, dual zone climate controls and a Sony sound system with voice activated controls.

Some critics have taken issue with finicky voice and touch screen controls with the MyFord system. While there is a learning curve, I found the system to be user-friendly, effective and a safer alternative.

Those familiar with firm BMW suspension systems will like the Focus ride. It handles bumps with a single up-down motion and provides stiff road response for performance handling.

The front wheel drive, torque-steer compensator, compensates for many driving conditions but a quick press on the accelerator in lower gears will prompt a corrective steer. Some of this can be avoided by adjusting Sport or Normal driving dynamics through a center console switch.

Overall, the Ford Focus is a respectable small performance car that has the European imports on edge. Test drive the hatchback at your local Ford dealer. You may just buy one.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

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