2017 Ford Focus RS and ST

How is the 2017 Ford Focus RS different from the 2017 Ford Focus ST?

Published on Mar 3, 2023 by Product Expert

Ford is company committed to proving that every car can offers sports car-like performance and fun. The 2017 Ford Focus offers two performance-oriented trim levels that give the car an added degree of sportiness and fun that other compacts cannot match. The Focus RS and Focus ST models each offer turbocharged performance. So how is the 2017 Ford Focus RS different from the 2017 Ford Focus ST?

2017 Ford Focus Performance Trim Levels

The 2017 Ford Focus RS is considered a higher trim level than the 2017 Ford Focus ST. This means that the Focus RS comes with a larger engine, more performance features, including all-wheel drive, but also a high price tag.

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Under the hood of the Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. This impressive engine delivers 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All of this power is sent all four wheels via the standard all-wheel drive system included on the RS. Fuel economy estimates on the car check in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highways. A standard automatic start/stop feature helps the car save fuel.

Focus ST models are powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. This peppy engine offers 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While these numbers are nowhere close to the performance numbers on the Focus RS, the ST is able to best it’s sibling in the fuel economy category, earning an estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highways.

While very few small cars are able to match the pure performance of the 2017 Ford Focus RS, the Focus ST is still an excellent option for car shoppers looking to save a little money, both at the dealership and at the gas pump, and still get a ton of turbocharged fun.

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