2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Crappy Cupholders

March 12, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

All cupholders were not created equal. Some do their job of, you know, actually holding water bottles and other drinks in place. Others don't.

When you think of cupholders, you might be of the mind that they're most important for people-haulers like minivans, SUVs and vanilla sedans.

I disagree. I think the best cupholders should be in performance cars, such as our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST. It's cars like the Focus ST, which positively beg you to charge hard into corners, that truly need anti-tip cupholders.

As you can see from the photo, it doesn't have them.

2013 Ford Focus ST

With a slippery surface and no anti-tip knobs of any kind, the bottles just roll around the center console at will. I even had one end up in my lap after a particularly spirited right turn. Not good.

So I stopped at a fast-food place and ordered a large Diet Coke (even though I didn't need one) to see if the cupholders worked better with a larger beverage. They did. Still not perfectly secure, but it appears it's this size drink that the holders were designed for.

So, apparently Ford has decided most Americans drink oversized sodas from fast-food restaurants. How sad, on so many levels.

I've taken to using the door pocket's attempt at a bottle holder. It moves around a bit in there, too. But at least the drink won't end up in my lap.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 8,019 miles

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