Still Really Like Sync - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Still Really Like Sync

June 6, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Earlier this year I wrote how I forced myself to use our 2013 Ford Focus ST's Sync voice-activation system for a week as a test. I wanted to find out what it was like controlling everything from activating navigation to adjusting the climate temperature. Overall, I was pretty impressed.

I hadn't driven our Focus since then. But I'm back driving it this week, and I instantly found myself immediately using Sync again. I wasn't expecting that.

I still really like Sync for three reasons: 1) The voice recognition software works quite well. 2) I can keep my hands on the steering wheel almost all of the time. And 3) I find it is actually quicker to use Sync to select music on my iPhone than just about any other car's "normal" audio interface. There's no menu structure to deal with. Just say what you want to hear and go.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,713 miles


  • throwback throwback Posts:

    I have sync on my 2012 Focus and I have had few problems. I rarely use the touchscreen prefering the hard buttons. I agree the voice recognition works well, but I want to be able to be able to speak in full sentences. for example, Sirius, tune to mad dog radio. Instead of, "say a command", "sirus", "say a station", "mad dog radio"

  • I have found that Uconnect Voice Command in my Dodge works in the way that you would prefer. The instructions tell you to do it the "long way" as with Sync, but the system does understand if you just say "Tune to Mad Dog Radio".

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "I don't think you should listen to Mad Dog while you are driving, Dave". :)

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