2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


2013 Ford Focus ST: One Week Using Sync, Part One

January 16, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Ford has taken a lot of flak over its MyFord Touch electronics interface. As we noted in an earlier post, the latest, updated system in our 2013 Ford Focus ST is better but can still be finicky to use. After getting annoyed at MFT's virtual buttons yesterday, it occurred to me that our Focus ST still has Sync, Ford's original voice activation system that's earned plenty of praise.

I suspect a lot of our editors haven't used our Focus' Sync system much because either: A) they forget it's there; or 2) they just don't like talking to a car. Neither is going to stop my little experiment, however, so for the next week or so I'm going to use Sync as much as possible.

Anything that Sync lets me do with voice commands, such as controlling my iPhone, the radio and the climate and navigation systems, I'm going to do using Sync. The goal is to find how much I can use Sync in daily driving and whether I like it or find it drives me bonkers. At the very least, I'm hoping the experience will be interesting.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,725 miles

Comments

  • usa1fan_ usa1fan_ Posts:

    I can't wait to see your results. I like the SYNC concept, but in my '13 Escape, I find it a bit inconsistent. Saying something like 'Play genre rock' or 'play artist daughtry' might work one time, and have it giving you lessons on what you can say (and telling you to try again) the next. It doesn't seem to be related to which screen you're in at the time, either. When it works, it is pretty nice though.

  • eclogite eclogite Posts:

    Cool! I look forward to your findings. I think that MFT overshadows any good aspects that SYNC has so this will be a neat experiment to see if cars with both systems can be livable without having to deal with the finicky and cantankerous MFT interface.

  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    The reality is you configure it for the things you do regulary and then you really don't interact with it that much. Sometimes you wonder about a weather forecast, need directions, or other items and you remember "Sync does that." Then, it's either easy or it isn't. It's a peripheral concern. It doesn't affect the daily act of driving the car that much.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Hey Brent - it's been more than a week since you posted this. Any update? We're seriously considering a CMax Energi as a commuter car but the horror stories my boss tells me about the MyFord Touch in his 2011 Explorer has me more than a bit gun shy. I'm anxious to hear how the "work around" of using Sync works out.

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