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2013 Ford Focus ST: Dog Report

October 9, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

This photo of my dog Mya in the back of our 2013 Ford Focus ST during a road trip was one of the rare times she looked relaxed. And it probably was just because I was sitting in the back with her. But on the long drive up to San Francisco, a trip where she's usually passed out from boredom, she was awake in the Ford.

No, sir, Mya didn't appreciate the loud engine of the Focus or its sportiness. And the fact that there aren't any air vents in the backseat made her extra pant-y and prone to overheating. But we tried to help by pointing all vents on the dash toward her.

For storage, there is a pocket behind the front seat for flat dog paraphernalia like a collapsible dog bowl, and the door had a little cubby to store her collars. And we can't forget that slot by the door for holding the doggy water bottle.

The backseat is covered in a combination of cloth and leather so at least SOME of it is easy to clean off in the case of dog hair.

Not the most comfortable car for a dog but it'll suffice if it's all you have. At least the backseat is equipped with seatbelt fasteners that protrude from the cushion for quick and easy buckling of the harnessed hound.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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