2016 Ford Focus ST

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Key Specs

of the 2016 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

  • 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

Notable Features of 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

2016 Ford Focus ST Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

Latest 2016 Focus ST Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(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

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Focus ST currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Ford Focus ST has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker