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2016 Ford Focus ST

If you think you can’t go fast for under $30,000, the 2016 Ford Focus ST will change your mind. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packs 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual, the Focus ST hits 60 mph in the low six-second range.

Keep your foot planted and you can hit the ST’s top speed of 150 mph. Despite the impressive performance figures, the compact Focus ST won’t hurt your wallet when it comes time to fill up the gas tank. The EPA rates the Focus ST at 23 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. Ford has also worked on the ST’s suspension and steering to make it a joy around corners. The Focus ST stands out from other Focus models with a new mesh grille, 18-inch wheels finished in gray, and a center-mounted exhaust tip.

The Focus ST is still a Focus at heart, which means it features a well-crafted and spacious interior with seating for four people. You can add a set of Recaro bucket seats that provide extra bolstering to hold you in when tackling a back road. How much for all of this? The 2016 Focus ST starts at $24,425.

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