Midday Matinee: Jay Leno drives the Ford Focus ST, calls it ‘nice’

Noted car nut and talk show host Jay Leno recently got to take the Ford Focus ST performance hatchback out for a spin. His verdict? “It’s a nice car.”

While he may seem a little underwhelmed by Ford’s hot hatch, remember Leno is probably more used to testing high-powered Lamborghinis and Aston Martins than daily-driver family cars.

Still, he had a lot of good things to say about the Focus ST. He was especially impressed by the small car’s 247 km/h (154 mph) top speed and the 2.0-litre turbocharged, 252-horsepower engine. And he lauded Ford for sticking with the stick by offering the ST in only manual transmission.

Watch Leno examine the Focus ST alongside Ford’s chief engineer of performance vehicles, Jamal Hameedi.

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