2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: One of These is Not Like the Other

December 03, 2012


At first I thought it was odd that our Focus ST didn't have any rubberized grip pads on the gas pedal. Not because you really need any help mashing the thing to the floor, but more for design continuity from one pedal to the other. 

Then in the course of taking this picture I noticed that the pedal levers were a little different. The clutch and the gas are attached with flat plastic levers while the brake has a heavy steel lever. 

Now I'm no Dan Edmunds, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the forces exerted on the brake pedal in a panic stop that dictates the steel lever. That said, I don't think I've seen such a setup before, so either Ford is ahead of the game or I haven't been paying attention. 

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds

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