Base Versus Loaded: 2013 Ford Focus ST

By Brandon Turkus

May 01, 2012

It's been a darn good year for the auto enthusiast. We’ve seen the launch of an all-new BMW 3-Series, the hugely anticipated Scion FR-S, a worked-over Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and a bevy of other new performance cars. One of the biggest names, that we're stuck waiting on until the end of the year, is the all-new Ford Focus ST.
Boasting a 2.0-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder and a six-speed manual (the sole transmission option!), the ST is the spiritual successor to the old, American-market SVT Focus, not to mention all the hot Ford's sold across the pond over the decades. With an out-the-door starting price of $24,495, it should also be plenty accessible to the average enthusiast.
We managed to max our ST out at just a shade over $30,000. Read on for the details.
Price: $23,700 (Ford Focus ST) + $795 (Destination & Handling) + $0 (Options) = $24,495
Price: $23,700 (Ford Focus ST) + $795 (Destination & Handling) + $5860 (Options) = $30,355
What Does $5860 Buy?
Focus ST3 Package ($4435)
            - Recaro Full-Leather Seats
            - Ambient Lighting
            - HID Headlights
            - Heated Seats
            - MyFord Touch With Navigation
            - Sony Audio System
Tangerine Scream Paint ($495)
Power Moonroof ($895)
Engine Block Heater ($35)
Base Model Features
Power and Handling
2.0L GTDI engine
6-speed manual transmission
Independent rear suspension
Rear stabilizer bar
Electric power-assisted steering
Unique ST sport suspension
Front wheel drive
Rear disc brakes
Full size dissimilar spare tire
Interior Features
ST logo cloth sport seats
2nd row seat with 3 adjustable head rests and 60/40 split-fold rear seat
Console with storage
Two front cupholders
Dual visors
Floor console with storage and armrest
Front and rear carpet floor mats
Front door stowage bins
Front, rear and cargo dome lamps
Leather steering wheel
Manual air-conditioning
Map light
Power door-locks
AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 capability
Rear coat hooks
Rear-seatback map pocket
Redundant audio controls
Unique IP finish panels
Unique ST scuff plates
Two 12V power outlets
Air-filtration system
Analog mini cluster gauges including turbo boost pressure
Intelligent access with push button start
One-touch up/down power windows
Rear power windows
Speed control
Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
Trip computer with temperature gauge and compass
Dual front airbags with “smart” occupant sensing
Side and curtain airbags (first and second row)
Height-adjustable retractable seatbelts
Safety belt pretensioners
Child safety locks
Tire pressure monitoring system
Anti-theft engine immobilizer
Perimeter alarm
Remote keyless-entry
Exterior Features
18” alloy wheels with Y-rated summer tires
Door handles, body color
Piano black grille
Mirrors, body-color with integrated spotter mirror and signal lamps
Rear spoiler, high-mounted
Rear window defroster
Center high-mounted stop lamp
Bright-tipped dual exhaust
Easy Fuel®- capless fuel-filler
Chin spoiler
ST badging
Illuminated entry
Halogen reflector headlamps