2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Seats Need Work

September 20, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Because we're not suckers, when we ordered our 2013 Ford Focus ST, we checked the box for the $2,505 Group 201A option pack and got our car equipped with slick Recaro seats. They're grippy, supportive enough for even extremely vigorous driving and Mark Takahashi doesn't fit in them. Win-win-win.

Unfortunately, they have a fatal flaw that makes me hate them.

2013 Ford Focus ST

The first shot you see here is the seatback adjuster in its normal state. As is, it's not very usable. It's an awkward shape at an awkward angle in a tight car and the seatback doesn't have enough spring-power.

The second shot you see is how the seatback adjuster looks when you're driving it. Yep, the seatbelt goes directly over the control lever.

Now, this might not be a primary complaint for a lot of people, but I adjust my seatback at least once an hour, sometimes more. I'm fidgety. I'm okay with it. It's a minor complaint, really, but it's something that would bug me every single day of ownership.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 18,586 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