2015 Ford Focus ST: A Focus of a different stripe

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 22 Comments

It didn’t take long for the versatile and compact Ford Focus to conquer the world. There’s a sedan or hatchback model for everyone – even Pope Francis tools around Vatican City in a Focus.

But it was the 2015 Focus ST that grabbed me by the eyeballs and didn’t stop there.  In resplendent “Race Red” and a thick double black stripe spilling down the rakishly curved hood, this cocky hatchback leered at me. I could tell by the beefy grille and squat stance, this was no popemobile.

This, in fact, was the Magic Mike of the Focus family. All cheeky manmeat, inviting me for a lap dance with a down and dirty grin. And quicker than you can say “Ride My Pony,” I had slid in behind the black leather-wrapped wheel, sighed back into the well-bolstered leather seats, and hit the start button. Gripping the firm six-speed gearshift, I slid into first and the sporty gadabout rumbled forward.


I should note here that Toronto has been preparing for the 2015 Pan Am games, which meant our local obsession with congestion had been ratcheted up, especially since most highways and major streets were down a lane. Yes, the Einsteins in charge of the roads had designated the passing lane as a “high occupancy vehicle” (HOV) lane reserved for official games transport, and vehicles with three or more people inside. Luckily, I found the ensuing traffic chaos was largely limited to rush hour. And driving out to the west end mid-morning, many of the vehicles cruising in the HOV lanes were single drivers, and even a couple of motorcycles.


Driving this bad boy made it tempting to blast past the speed limit, but I stayed in the allocated lanes and still made good time – possibly because the Focus ST made it such fun to nip in and out of traffic. Naturally, I had the benefit of Sirius radio pounding out the beats, so we grooved along the Gardiner and eventually, up my favourite routes on the Niagara Escarpment.

As the road snaked around stony elevations and grassy meadows, the Focus showed off its smooth moves. We muscled through corners, eased up slopes with the brute strength of a warrior, whirled around century farmhouses and estates quickly and cleanly. The ST worshipped the asphalt, flexing its 252 horsepower engine at my command, the gyrations of its turbo power fluttering through my hand on its shifter.


But like Magic Mike himself, the ST was charming and well-mannered when it had to be, ferrying family members to a movie here, a luncheon there, even a birthday party. One of the few four-door hot hatchbacks out there, the ST had a surprisingly practical side that belied its bawdy looks. I toted a goodly number of groceries, cat food and litter, even a set of brand new dishes in that roomy hatch, without nary a bump or grind.

Still, when all was said and done, it was the chiselled features and lascivious moves of the ST that had me hooked.

This is a car that can lead you into some serious sinning.

Thank goodness I’m not a Catholic.


22 Comments on "2015 Ford Focus ST: A Focus of a different stripe"

  1. Lenie July 14, 2015 at 8:57 am · Reply

    Krystyna, when I’m reading your car articles, I tend to forget that they are car articles. The way you write is really entertaining and the cars end up with a human touch. Love it.
    That is quite the little treasure you have there. Way back when we used to be GM buyers but that changed to Ford with the purchase of an Explorer and now we drive an Escape. We’ve been pleased with both of these vehicles but I must say, I wouldn’t mind tooling around in that little red Focus.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm · Reply

      Gosh, thanks, Lenie. I do try to liven things up – it’s all about the way a car makes me feel, and most of them make me feel pretty darn good. Ford makes some very nice SUVs, as you’ve found out for yourself. Very solid engineering, so nice handling, good looks, lotsa cargo space, and easy on the wallet. That Focus has quite the attitude, and I’m sure you’d love sporting about in it!

  2. Donna Janke July 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm · Reply

    I’ve never driven a Ford Focus and wouldn’t have expected it be such fun. You make me want to go out and drive one, or maybe be a passenger when you snake around stony elevations and grassy meadows.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm · Reply

      Donna, you would be more than welcome to ride shotgun with me any time. This Focus was a blast, especially when I got into the twisty bits of the road. As it should be!

  3. Jacqueline Gum July 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm · Reply

    Wow! I didn’t see this coming! LOL I didn’t know they had grown so much in popularity! Yay Detroit:) I’m going to start looking for the Ford Focus on the road!

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:53 pm · Reply

      Hey Jacqui, it’s so much fun surprising you! Yes, the Focus is one of the world’s most popular cars – in some parts, *the* most popular car. Not hard to see why – stylish, practical, affordable, fun to drive. And a nice line-up with plenty of choice, so something for everyone – even folks like you and me!

  4. Adele Yuboco July 15, 2015 at 6:25 am · Reply

    Neat article, Krystyna! It’s great to read a post about cars written by a girl. 🙂 Just curious, what is the fuel consumption ratio of the new Focus? I’m actually planning to get a new car and the new focus is one of my choices. But I’m quite particular about the fuel consumption, especially these days when gas in my country is starting to cost an arm and a leg, if you know what I mean.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm · Reply

      Why thank you, Adele! For this particular Focus, I was getting about 9.2 litres/100 k – that’s about 30 mpg. So not shabby, considering I was driving it a little harder than normal, plus lots of stop and go traffic. There are a few different Focus models, most are a little more practical and get much better mileage.

  5. Jeri July 16, 2015 at 4:45 am · Reply

    If was shopping for a new car now, I’d probably consider a Focus. It’s great on a budget and kinda cute too. Quite a few people in the Boise area drive one (probably due to the price). I love some of your comparisons in this post and you made me laugh a few times 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Reply

      Glad I made you laugh, Jeri! You can do very well by a Ford Focus. There’s so much selection just within that line, you can pretty much customize it to whatever suits your fancy – and budget. Definitely a good car for the money!

  6. Ken Dowell July 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm · Reply

    You have described the Focus as if it was an 8-cylinder Mustang. And they one in your pictures is a beauty. Guess the Pope’s isn’t fire-engine red.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm · Reply

      Now I would pay good money to see the Pope in this vehicle. I’m guessing his Focus is a little more humble! I’m hoping to drive a Mustang (again) in the near future, and wondering how it stacks up against this ST.

  7. Patricia Weber July 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm · Reply

    Love red cars! You know that about me. Just the size makes me think indeed it can handle turns well. This 2015 Ford Focus ST was one of your most fun reads Krystyna. Mea culpa!

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm · Reply

      Yes I do know of your affinity for red cars, m’dear! But then, pretty much any car looks better in red. Actually, lots of things look better in red. Life in general looks better in red – what was that saying about rose-coloured glasses? I rest my case.

  8. Pamela Chollet July 16, 2015 at 7:16 pm · Reply

    Wow who’d have thunk it! Ford has turned their life around. A friend of mine just got the Fusion and he is Ga-Ga over it. I’m seeing a lot more Ford on the 405…it’s a nice change from the Prius invasion that took over LA a few years back. BTW I love your style!

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm · Reply

      Pamela, that’s so nice of you! Ford has come out with some great new models lately, and backed them up with solid engineering. They really are a treat to drive, so I’m not surprised your friend is gaga!

  9. Beth Niebuhr July 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Reply

    I love your turns of phrase. “The ST worshipped the asphalt, flexing its 252 horsepower engine at my command, the gyrations of its turbo power fluttering through my hand on its shifter.” A gem. The car does sound fun and I hadn’t realized that it would be.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Beth! It’s so much fun to drive these cars, and then even more fun to write them up. I’m so glad it shows! The Focus ST is definitely worth trying out : ))

  10. Erica July 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm · Reply

    You need to sell the slogan “The Magic Mike of the Focus series” to Ford. I love it. In fact, the slogan alone makes me kind of want one! And if the Pope saw that, he might want one too! 😉

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 21, 2015 at 8:40 pm · Reply

      Haha, thanks Erica! I guess this is taking things a step beyond celebrity endorsement. You’re right, maybe I’ve hit on an irresistible new marketing gimmick?!?!?

  11. sonia July 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm · Reply

    Reading this was so entertaining, and was a perfected version of how I write (or how I think I write or want to write)… And it made consider buying it–and I don’t even like Ford (more of a german auto lover). I’m glad I found you on Linkedin and If we need someone in the near future, I’ll keep you in mind.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm · Reply

      Hey Sonia, thanks for dropping by! Haha, the ST inspired all kinds of creative juices to start flowing, what can I say? Glad I got you thinking about buying one. And for sure, if you need an auto writer, I’m right here : ))

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