Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Model Year: 2017
I came from a 2014 FoST - Tangerine Scream, natch - and, obviously, the biggest difference is handling. The steering on the FoST is INSANELY quick; less than a full turn in either direction lock to lock. It's insanely fun in corners, and exhibits lift-off oversteer that really surprises people who (generally rightly) assume that's not possible in a FWD hatch.
Otherwise it's just a smaller Escape. The controls are identical. It goes faster, though part of that is quicker ratios in the manual, and the rest is just that it's lighter. It's still not that fast, compared to the '12 Mustang GT I had before that. But BOY is it fun in the squigglies.
I do miss it. I also miss how much **** it held for its size. Not as good as an Escape, but nobody is surprised that an Escape hauls a lot. I carried just comical loads in that FoST (700lbs of pavers, 18 bags of mulch, 28' ladder, an entire wrought iron outdoor patio set, etc).
Stay the away from any Focus that's not an ST. The dual-clutch transmission in them is a dumpster fire. I owned a '13 Focus Titanium as well and it just sucked. I had the Ti and the ST at the same time - called it the Focus group - and I hated riding in the Ti. Feeling that transmission desperately try to find and hold any gear was awful.
2017 Ti | 2.0l | Moonroof | Nav | Sport Appearance Package | Lightning Blue
Previous cars: 2014 Focus ST3 - Tangerine Screamin' | 2012 Mustang GT 6MT - glass roof, oooh | 1994 Taurus SHO 3.2 - mod all the things | about 7 more Gen 2 SHOs behind that | 1993 Probe GT