2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Naughty Nav System

June 26, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

During a 120-mile round trip drive, I was intently following the route I had entered into our 2013 Ford Focus ST's navigation system. Going through five freeway interchanges in 30 miles, I was especially attentive to my location, lest I miss a change and subject myself to an inconvenient exit turnaround.

While cruising along a nice stretch along the final freeway, the nav voice started to insist that I move to the far left and enter the "express" lane. Luckily, I knew enough about where I was and the toll roads involved to realize that the nav was directing me into a prepaid "fast track" with no cash or credit card option. If you didn't have an account with a sensor fixed to your windshield, you were going to pay a hefty fine by the time you excised your car from the express lane.

Instead, I merely paralleled the toll lane, shaking my finger at the nav for its naughty, and potentially costly, suggestion.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 12,070 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