2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: I Can't Hack the Recaro Seats

February 19, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I adore the 2013 Ford Focus ST, I really do. I love the way it accelerates, corners and stops. I dig the sounds the EcoBoost turbo makes when it's working hard. What we have here is a hot hatch with a soul.

But I could never own one.

It's the Recaro seats. I loathe them.

Sure, they provide tons of support when the road turns twisty, and I'm a big fan of the upper shoulder wings. Trouble is the side bolsters amount to a big annoying rib clamp when I'm driving to get the milk. The seats don't turn off or tone down when I don't need them so much.

Maybe it's me. I stand within a half-inch of 6-foot 3-inch James Riswick, but unlike James I weigh 210 and wear 34-inch pants. The moderate difference in build is enough to turn these Recaros from brilliant to bothersome.

Editor Mark Takahashi came to my rescue in the midst of my despair, helpfully pointing out the Recaros are optional. It's true, but they are not a stand-alone option that is easily jettisoned. Forgo them and you give up the chance to have dual zone automatic climate control, the Sony 10-speaker audio system, HD radio, satellite radio, an overhead console, heated mirrors, interior ambient lighting, cornering lamps or HID headlamps.

What it comes down to is this: If you don't fit the Recaros, your Ford Focus ST will need to be the bare bones version.

I believe I can live with that. Question is, do dealers ever order them that way?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,346 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Ford Focus ST in VA is:

$145 per month*
* Explanation