2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: Better Cargo Cover Attachment Points

September 11, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During my recent toilet hauling trip in our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST, I had to remove the cargo cover from the hatch area.

During reinstallation of the cover, I noticed that the cover's attachment points are especially well designed.

2013 Ford Focus ST

2013 Ford Focus ST

I don't know how much you remember of about our long-term 2010 Volkswagen GTI, but in the VW, there were little pegs mounted on the hatch itself and the strings on the cargo cover hung on those strings. During our year with the car, we found this design less than desirable, as one of the pegs broke off and necessitated a parts order at our local dealership.

In the Ford Focus ST, said pegs are attached directly to the cargo cover's strings. Then, you just slide them into a recessed slot on either side of the hatch. As in the GTI, it's a simple design, but it provides better day-to-day protection for the plastic bits, so they should last quite a bit longer.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 18,257 miles

Comments

  • ducky10 ducky10 Posts:

    I disagree. When renting a Focus hatch, I found that each such car at the Avis lot had broken cargo covers at either (and sometimes both) the attachment point on the hatch and the point behind the back seat. In contrast, my 2010 GTI (with 78,000 miles) has been free of such problems. The Focus design seems less robust, at least in my view.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @ducky10: Don't forget that rentals are probably treated a lot rougher than your personal vehicle...

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    It depends. Which will break first, the little peg or the cover that it slides into?

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    My Protege5 has a cargo cover and it's securing points are really good. If a 10-year-old car can get it right, car manufacturers should have no excuse these days :) My Mazdaspeed3 also had really good securing points as well.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The 2010 LT GTI DID break, but if I remember (can't read the comments anymore in the post you linked to, Erin...), you were given some bogus info as to how the entire interior rear window surround would have to be replaced - until another commenter came through with the information about the part number and that it was about $2 and change. When the GTI broke, it was because another staffer had failed to reinstall the cargo cover's hinge pins in the pivots/retainers; the hatch cover cocked in the opening upon subsequent use, and the lift cord overstressed and broke the pin. I don't see anything in this Focus ST arrangement that makes me think there would not have been a similar failure should that episode be repeated. Probably would have pulled the pin through the keyhole slot, then the enlarged slot would not hold a pin any longer, and you would be replacing the interior window surround. I would rather the point of failure be a $2 replaceable pin.

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