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Scion FR-S Vs. Ford Focus ST: Which To Buy?

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Car Wars is where we pit some of today's hottest cars against each other and then, in a commenting fight to the death, decide which one we'd buy. Today we have two of the most popular budget performance cars on the market.


The Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and Ford Focus ST are fairly similar in intent and price. They're lower budget fast cars that value fun handling and accessible performance over huge horsepower and unreachable limits.


That's where the similarities end.

In the American corner, we have the Ford Focus ST, a front drive hatchback with four doors. It can carry you and your friends (or your gear) in speedy style. It scored a Jalopnik Review score of 69.

The FR-S is different. It's Toyota's Miata: lightweight, rear-drive, narrow tires, low center of gravity, and hilarious fun. It can also, supposedly, fit an extra set of tires in the back seat for your autocross or track day fun. It got a Jalopnik Review score of 76.

At the same time as being very different cars, these cars are also very similar. Here's the question: Which would you buy?


Matt would buy the Focus ST. I'd buy the FR-S. Follow us down to the comments to see our debate in full.

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Matt Hardigree

Since I'm the crazy one here, let me explain. I just got out of a Focus ST after driving it for a week. Since I loved the BRZ I didn't think I'd have as much fun in the Focus, but I felt like I had more fun.

Why? Let's start with the obvious: it's faster.

60 mph comes up under 6.0 seconds at 5.9, which you can't say about the BRZ/FR-S (6.4) and you don't have to keep it rev'd to the limit to approach that speed. Hell, I spun the tires leaving a toll booth.