It has been a big couple of weeks in our household for car moves. Two weeks ago I posted that our Lexus IS250 had made way for a brand new 2014 Fusion SE. Well I liked the 2.0 EcoBoost so much, we bought another one. Behold the 2014 Focus ST.
The only options checked off are package 201A/ST2 and a moonroof. For those unaware, if you get no other package on a Focus ST, get this one.
- Audio System from Sony® with 10 speakers including subwoofer
- 8" Screen
- Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
- HD Radio™ technology
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with six-month subscription
- RECARO® Partial-Leather Seating
Sorry for the potato pics, I'll post up some better res shots of both cars together soon.
You may be curious about how major the household moves were? Or maybe you aren't. Some downsizing had to happen so to make room for the Focus, these two were traded in on the same deal. Thanks to Marc at Upper Marlboro Ford, it always helps to be in tight with the GM of a dealership.
Those of you who remember that I bought this Mustang from someone on Oppo will notice the irony. Countertorquesteer is now driving a blue Focus ST. I meant to reach out to him on email this weekend and let him know his former pony was moving on to a farm upstate, but I haven't had the chance. So if you are reading this, sorry, but she didn't make quite as good of a commuter as I had hoped. I'm too old for a really tight aftermarket suspension. Great car though, hope she gets a good owner.
The Surburban was a 2008 LTZ, very nice truck. Compared it to an Expedition recently and it lost, but it was a good fight. We needed to trim our budget, legal bills are no joke (hello to my ex-wife if she is still stalking my Oppo account) and this deal did it quite well. We'll miss the utility, but at least for now we needed economy over size. Our savings calculations haven't even factored in gas mileage savings, which should be substantial considering the move from two V8s and an inefficient 2.5 V6 (22mpg avg.) and an hour commute each way.
So that's my story. I've only driven the Focus twice but I'm a big fan. The seats. Oh My God those seats. I reviewed them as "best in show" at the DC auto show. And it's quick, feels as quick as the Mustang. Which makes sense at just over 3200lbs it has almost as much power and significantly less weight than my convertible. I haven't gotten much time to eval the handling, other than a couple of traffic circles in DC, but it feels quite good, and based on magazine reviews, likely is. Inside it's a nice place to be with push button start, the same touchscreen as the Fusion, and did I mention the seats? Worth the price of admission.
More to come, figured I would post the preliminary news. Looking forward to maybe producing a quick comparo of the two or some sort of ecoboost challenge/race for Rightfootdown.com.