2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: Could Use A Rearview Camera

January 29, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Our 2013 Ford Focus is really cool and one of my favorite cars in the fleet right now. So when it comes down to negative impressions, it's really just nitpick stuff. But one thing I do wish the ST had was a rearview camera.

Because of its swooping beltline and smallish rear window, the Focus hatchback does not provide the driver the greatest of rearward visibility. It's not terrible in the sense of a mid-80s Italian supercar, mind you, but it can make backing out of driveways or parking spots a bit trickier than I'd expect for a small hatchback. A rearview camera would offer a little extra peace of mind, especially since I see the ST as a more practical, everyday use car than something like a Scion FR-S.

Curiously, Ford actually offers a rearview camera as standard equipment on the regular Focus Titanium model, and that's for both the sedan and hatchback. Yet a camera isn't available on the ST.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,002 miles

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  • vizcarmb vizcarmb Posts:

    Have you ever thought of poking your head out of the window you lazy [non-permissible content removed] [non-permissible content removed]

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    ^^What is this technology you speak of?

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    For $80-90 bucks you can get a license plate mounted rear view camera from AutoZone yes the screen is small and not the clearest, but it works.

  • aggie94 aggie94 Posts:

    There are two good solutions: gentex auto-dim rear view mirror w/ lcd ($250) plus camera ($15+), 3-4 hours install. There is also a $500 device that allows the camera image to show on the mft screen, more involved installation. Both work when the backup lights are activated. I own an ST and went with the mirror. It pays for itself considering my wife will run into my motorcycle less often.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    ^^Nice tips, y'all

  • There are already some aftermarket options starting to trickle in. Apparently you can make use of the existing wiring harness, since it's the same as the Titanium. You buy an aftermarket camera and then install a piggyback control module onto the MfT, and voila, you get the rear camera onscreen when you put it in reverse. Costs $750-1000. You could also connect a small Android tablet running 'Torque' to the OBDII port and have an alternate rear view. Again, camera connected to stock wiring. Then there are wireless stand alone systems, etc.

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