2013 Ford Focus ST
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The Focus has only been around for three generations in the U.S., but each one is noteworthy--and as a whole, the Focus is the best American example of a globally successful nameplate. From 2000-2004, Americans drove a Focus fairly closely related to the European one--a big step toward the stretch goal of integrating European and American product development, to cut costs and improve products at the same time. The second generation, reskinned while Europe's new car moved forward, introduced 35-mpg fuel economy and Ford's Bluetooth-driven SYNC system. Finally, today's third-generation Focus finally brings to fruition Ford's goal of cutting the number of platforms it builds, while making engaging cars to drive. The C-family of cars includes everything from the 2013 Ford Escape to the Volvo C30 to the Mazda3--and it counts among its citizens the 2012 Ford Focus, TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012.