2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Needs the HIDs

November 22, 2012


If you want HID headlights on your 2013 Ford Focus ST, you have to spring for the big-ticket Equipment Group 202A, which bundles them with the nav system, Sony audio and Recaro seats that our car already has as optional equipment.

Now, I'd never want to part with the Recaro seats, but if I could design my own, less expensive option package that included the HID headlights, I would so give up the Sony audio and nav system to have the HIDs, along with the extra-cost sunroof.

The standard halogen headlights don't throw much light in front of the car on the freeway (yeah, I know, this photo doesn't really illustrate that...it' here more just to show how dramatic the sky was while I was thinking about the underwhelming headlights). I haven't driven our Focus ST on a back road at night, yet, but I have a feeling the brights would be on the whole time if that ever comes to pass.

I will be glad for the day when the ability to see down the road clearly after dark ceases to be a luxury amenity. Who' with me?


Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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

$136 per month*
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