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2016 Ford Focus ST

$14,981 — $22,465 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • More civilized ride than previous model
  • Fuel economy

The Bad

  • Automatic transmission not offered
  • Sedan body style not offered
  • Recaro seats not universally loved
  • Torque steer
2016 Ford Focus ST exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Ford Focus ST
  • New Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • 252-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual
  • Four-door hatchback body style
  • Recaro sport seats available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Focus ST is the midlevel performance version of the Focus hatchback; it slots below the new-for-2016 Focus RS, which is covered separately in the Research section. Ford's new Sync 3 multimedia system is available for the 2016 Focus ST, which is still powered by a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

What's Special

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires (all-season tires available)
  • Honeycomb grille
  • Reworked suspension with updated shocks and springs
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure

Here's info on the regular Focus:

The 2016 Ford Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact class, and it's available as either a sedan or four-door hatchback.

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus is now available with Ford's updated Sync 3 multimedia system. An automatic transmission is now available with the 1.0-liter engine, and there are new paint and wheel combinations.

Significant Standard Features

  • 160-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 15-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual tra...
Vehicle Overview

The Focus ST is the midlevel performance version of the Focus hatchback; it slots below the new-for-2016 Focus RS, which is covered separately in the Research section. Ford's new Sync 3 multimedia system is available for the 2016 Focus ST, which is still powered by a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

What's Special

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires (all-season tires available)
  • Honeycomb grille
  • Reworked suspension with updated shocks and springs
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure

Here's info on the regular Focus:

The 2016 Ford Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact class, and it's available as either a sedan or four-door hatchback.

New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Focus is now available with Ford's updated Sync 3 multimedia system. An automatic transmission is now available with the 1.0-liter engine, and there are new paint and wheel combinations.

Significant Standard Features

  • 160-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 15-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 123-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver's seat

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

New to me car

by Samantha from Franklin ma on June 16, 2018

This wasn?t the car I went looking for but it was the car i purchased. So happy with it! I will be the proud owner come Tuesday. Read full review

(5.0)

this car is great

by slick from bloomfield nj on June 8, 2018

This is the best car i ever owned it's fast good on gas very comfi and holds you in theseat on fast turns the stereo is the best I will get a corvette next Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Focus ST currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Ford Focus ST has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

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

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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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