2016 Ford Focus ST vs 2016 Ford Fiesta ST
2016 Ford Focus ST 2016 Ford Fiesta ST
2.0-liter four-cylinder Engine 1.6-liter four-cylinder
252 Horsepower 197
23 city/31 highway Fuel Economy 26 city/35 highway
$24,425 Starting MSRP $20,970

2016 Ford Focus ST vs 2016 Ford Fiesta ST

2016 Ford Focus ST inerior

You don’t need to invest a ton of money in an expensive sports car in order to get a fun performance vehicle. Ford is a company committed to providing sporty compact and subcompact cars. The 2016 Ford Focus ST vs the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST compares two of the best small performance cars on the market. Both of these great vehicles provide a great blend of power, fuel economy, sport and affordability.

Both of these cars begin by offering turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The larger Focus is able to offer a larger 2.0-liter engine. This engine is able to outperform the 1.6-liter engine on the smaller Fiesta by a fair margin, 252 horsepower to 197.

Though it may come up short when comparing pure power, the Fiesta’s smaller size enables the subcompact to excel in the fuel economy category. While the 23 city/31 highway miles per gallon offered by the Focus ST is nothing to be scoffed at, the Fiesta ST earns an even more impressive 26 city/35 highway miles per gallon.

Focus ST and Fiesta ST Performance Features

It takes more than a turbocharged engine to make a compact or subcompact feel like a sports car. 2016 Focus ST models come equipped with performance brakes, electronic limited-slip differential, a sport body kit and sport seats. Two available packages offer the addition of Recaro front seats, leather upholstery, 10-speaker Sony sound system and a heated steering wheel. The 2016 Ford Fiesta ST includes several great comfort and sport features of its own.  Every Fiesta ST comes equipped with a rear spoiler, dual exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, performance tires, Recaro sport seats and leather upholstery.

Compact and subcompact cars have always been the most affordable vehicle classes. Keeping with this expectation, both the 2016 Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST come with a starting MSRP under $25,000. The Fiesta’s $20,970 price tag makes it one of the most affordable sporty cars on the market.

Choosing between the 2016 Ford Focus ST and 2016 Ford Fiesta ST can be difficult. Many times the preferences of the driver will be the deciding factor. Get behind the wheel of each one, and determine which car better fits your needs. Either way, you are getting a great Ford performance car.

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