Big Bird or Lemon Meringue? - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Big Bird or Lemon Meringue?

August 23, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I think it's somehow appropriate for an otherwise under-the-radar car like the Focus ST to be painted Tangerine Scream. I'd certainly pick it in lieu of yet another black, white or gray car.

Now, yellow is obviously not everyone's cup of Earl Grey, but people do buy them, and there seems to be two general shades of yellow applied to cars. One, like Tangerine Scream, is a darker shade I shall refer to as "Big Bird." The other, seen here on a Porsche 911, is more akin to a lemon meringue pie.

I usually prefer the latter, but if you were to buy a yellow car, would you fancy Big Bird or lemon meringue?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor


  • the darker yellow. with more orange than green to the shade of yellow.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    The 911's yellow definitely has a greenish tint in your picture. Not sure if that's the lighting, the camera, or the car itself. Definitely don't like greenish yellow. Yellow with a tint of orange is okay, but a more pure yellow a la the CRX of the late 80s/early 90s is even better.

  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    I like my cars to be tennis ball optic yellow. If you're going with a bright color, why half [non-permissible content removed] it? Pair it with Subaru rally blue wheels with a little bit of yellow so it looks green at speed. Hot.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I'd go with the ST's deeper, darker yellow.

  • Jeep had the best yellows and oranges in 2011 and 2012. Detonator Yellow, Dozer and Orange Crush. Yet Edmunds bought a dull black one.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Big Bird yellow. Porsche gets a pass, though, because they look good even in beige and brown!

  • eclogite eclogite Posts:

    Big Bird.

  • pjm75 pjm75 Posts:

    I prefer the 911 in Guards Red and the ST in Performance Blue

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    Personally, I would go for this shade: Or this:

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Lemon Meringue all the way. Can't stand Tangerine Scream.

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    lemon meringue for me

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I like the Porsche yellow best, but under the parking lights it looks green. It's also amazing how velte the Porsche looks compared to the derpy ST...

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Lemon Meringue is for dessert--too much of a girl's color like all of those New Beetles in light yellow. Big Bird is less obnoxious, but I would feel too self-concious to be seen in one. Or to have the State Troopers notice me better.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    P.S. did you park them next to the fire extinguisher because the color is so hot?

  • petejosh petejosh Posts:

    It's not really yellow. It's orange. A tangerine is the color of an orange, not a banana. Hemi orange is not the only shade of orange.

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