Ford is a company committed to proving that even the smallest vehicle can provide sports car performance. This extends to the compact and subcompact members of the company’s lineup, the Ford Focus and Fiesta. Each one of these cars is offered in a performance-oriented ST trim level. Looking at the 2017 Ford Focus ST vs the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST will help compare two of Ford’s most popular vehicles in a sibling rivalry.
Ford Performance Hatchback Models
The 2017 Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST are each offered in hatchback body styles. Driving the performance of these hot hatchbacks are two turbocharged engines. Fiesta ST models are powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. This turbocharged power source delivers 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque.
The larger Ford Focus ST utilizes a more powerful engine than its smaller sibling. Powering the Focus ST is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The larger turbocharged engine is able to best the performance numbers offered on the Fiesta ST, delivering 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
While the performance ratings are higher on the Focus ST, the smaller Fiesta ST is able to win in the fuel economy category. The Fiesta engine earns an estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highways, while the Focus ST checks in at 22 city/30 highway. While the Fiesta takes a slight edge, these are still both excellent numbers for performance-oriented cars.
If you are looking for a car that will get you close to 200 horsepower while delivering impressive fuel economy ratings, the Fiesta ST is the best choice. If pure performance is your goal, the Ford Focus ST is the hot hatchback for you. No matter which car you choose, you are getting ample performance in a versatile package.