2013 Ford Focus ST: Intelligent Access
April 9, 2013
Our Ford Focus ST includes keyless ignition/entry (a.k.a. Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start), meaning you can unlock the doors and turn on the car while keeping the key in your pocket. Note the little black pad on the front door handle, which indicates where you press to lock the door. Also, note the lack of said pad on the rear door handle.
Now, normally this would indicate that the car must first be totally unlocked via the fob or from the front door handle before the rear handles are operational. It can be annoying if you simply want to toss some shopping bags in the back seat. However, that isn't the case with the Focus. If the key is in your pocket, pulling the rear handle will unlock and open the door. Intelligent, indeed. Sure, you can't lock the car with the back doors (that remains the realm of higher-end cars like our Jaguar XF), but the front pad remains only an arm's reach away. Barely a bother. Unlocking is the bigger ordeal.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,327 miles