One Passenger's Take on the Seats - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: One Passenger's Take on the Seats

March 1, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

If you'd asked me a couple of weeks ago whether I'd get the Focus ST with the Recaro seats, my answer would have been an unequivocal "yes." Though I'm not necessarily a huge fan of their vaguely gaudy yellow-and-black color scheme, the seats are a satisfying fit for my frame. I haven't done any canyon carving in the ST, but when I'm pressed to make sudden stops and sharp turns on the commute to and from work, the seats work to make sure that I'm held firmly in place. And I like that.

However, over the weekend, I ferried a passenger in the ST, and his critique of the seats wasn't as kind. This is a friend of mine who's driven in our long-term test cars before, and who has, in the past, had little to say about them either way.

His first comment after entering the ST had to do with how uncomfortable the seats are. He's got a larger build than I do at six feet tall, and a stocky 230 or so pounds. He said that the seat's aggressive bolster jabbed him in a particularly painful place as he was getting into the car, and complained that the Recaro left him feeling "like 10 pounds of meat in a 5-pound bag" once he settled in. Not pleasant.

Anyway, the experience reminded me that you have to consider not just your needs, but the needs of your passengers when buying a vehicle. And if your passengers are more well-fed than skinny on the body-type spectrum, they'll probably hate riding in the ST's Recaro seats.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


  • wyattf wyattf Posts:

    Much ado about nothing. The bolsters will and do relax with use, to the point of being comfortable to even those of us that sit "on" the seats more than in them, but while still maintaining their supportive and secure qualities. I'm a big guy (read: FAT!) and have found the ST RECAROs wonderfully supportive and comfortable (after about 6 weeks of daily break-in). Move on...

  • askeeve askeeve Posts:

    Hi there, I'd just like to note that I'm 6'5" and 280lbs. I definitely qualify as "stocky". I can certainly imagine the Recaro seats being a little better fitted, but (and I recognize this may be buyer's rationale) I don't feel uncomfortable in this car at all. I was actually very surprised by the legroom, and I find the bolsters are much more comfortable if you sit up straight, which has the added benefit of making you more alert and reducing back stress.

  • don_83 don_83 Posts:

    I agree 100% with him, I am 6' 3'' 265, Weightlifting since I was 17. I sat in the ST for quite a bit on different occasions. The seats leave a lot to be desired for any one over 6 feet. I like the rest of the car a lot and the seats would probably be a deal killer for me. Now what FORD could do it build softer bolsters that fit people of different dimensions and cover their needs. I was very comfortable in Speed3 and GTI

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