Interior Lighting - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Interior Lighting

January 11, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

This is the place in most cars where manufacturers locate certain common controls and features: Dome lights, sunglasses bins, buttons or knobs controlling the sunroof, etc. Our Focus checks most of those boxes, but there's something missing.

Where's the dome light?

2013 Ford Focus ST

Ford has broken the mold and I find it puzzling. Rather than locating the primary dome light in a place that follows an industry standard, makes it easy to reach and puts it in a good location for illuminating the cabin at night, we have this:

2013 Ford Focus ST

Three lights. Two are located on the headliner where the B pillars join the roof and the third is centrally located above the rear seats. Illumination is OK unless, like me, you prefer a near-vertical seatback position. In this case, the headrest (and my head) block much of the light from reaching the front seat area. That's the headrest you can see in this photo.

Perhaps more problematic is the fact that the lights are hard to reach being above and behind the driver's head.


Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 5,400 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Agree. I had a 2013 SE as a rental for two weeks, and I thought this was dumb.

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    I don't see comments on any blog entries. Has everyone disappeared?

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    Does anyone at the Long Term Blog realize that comments are only displayed when you add your own comment? This is a pretty major bug, and pretty much decimates the commenting community.

  • Those fixtures look really cheap to me

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