Heavy Hatch - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Heavy Hatch

June 25, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Last week I wrote a quick post about our 2013 Dodge Dart's trunk lid. Basically said how easy it was to lift the hatch after popping the trunk open with the remote button.

This weekend I found our 2013 Ford Focus ST to be the complete opposite. The photo above shows how far the hatch lid pops open after pressing the remote button. It's barely wide enough to slide your fingernail into the "gap," let alone an entire hand. Plus, a full hatch door with a spoiler makes it inherently much heavier to lift.

Of course, not everyone is concerned about convenient cargo access. But if you have your hands full of stuff more often than not, you'll notice this issue real quick.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 11,875 miles


  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Is there room to slide your fingers up and behind the Ford emblem?

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    ... you know, where Ford (not to mention common sense) recommends you grab to open the hatch?

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    hank39, under the Ford emblem there's a recess that gives a convenient place to lift. Also, in this recess is a remote release button/pad. So, basically the complaint in this post makes no sense because you can place your hand where release button is, unlocking the liftgate, and raise the liftgate without needing to move your hand.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    nukedetroit, this another example of a complaint in a post that makes no sense. What does Edmunds expect, a power hatch on a Focus???

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    For one thing, you don't lift it from the "gap", you lift it from the handle niche above the license plate, where the manual release lives. The ones I've tried seemed nicely weighted and counterbalanced, but I'm used to liftbacks. It's possible it's not aligned quite right, too.

  • fullrunxi fullrunxi Posts:

    I get why it's inconvenient that the hatch has a high(er) effort to lift it, but isn't the complaint about how far it "pops" kind of moot because it has a handle built-in above the license plate? My car (E46) has the same issues, but I like that it barely pops because at least it forces people to use the handle and nothing rustles my jimmies like fingerprints around the edge of the trunk.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    wdrauch - It surprises me how dense some of the Edmunds 'specialists' can be sometimes. Regarding the power hatch, though, don't give Ford any ideas! The Focus is already a porker.

  • okbeartoy okbeartoy Posts:

    I guess the big obvious HANDLE above the license plate wouldn't work?

  • bayoubaer bayoubaer Posts:

    My friend has an ST and when he hits the trunk release the hatch raises all the way up.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    bayoubear, your friend must have gotten a ringer ST! LOL On my ST3, I still have to manually raise the hatch.

  • wcollegenj wcollegenj Posts:

    You can't slide your hand into the gap because it's intended to be gripped to be opened right under the Ford badge where the release is.

  • wcollegenj wcollegenj Posts:

    You can't slide your hand into the gap because it's intended to be gripped to be opened right under the Ford badge where the release is.

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