2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Who Turned Out the Lights?

April 8, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I have two questions:

1. Who had the brilliant idea at Ford to put the switch for the 2013 Ford Focus ST's interior light above the B-pillar, which is both above and behind the driver's head? Admittedly I'm no genius, but it took me forever to find the light and the switch. Ultimately, I don't care that the light is situated there, but it's a silly place for the switch because it's awkward to reach back and up to press it, whether you're stationary in a parking light or especially if you're driving.

2. Who turned off the door light switch in the first place? And why? The whole point of these interior lights is so that when you open the door to get into a car at night you can, you know, see the interior of the car. This has happened in some of our other long-term cars, too, and if I didn't know better, I might actually think someone is intentionally screwing with me. But no one on staff would do that, right?

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 9,310 miles


  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Perhaps one of your crew goes out star gazing and disables the light so as not to screw up their night vision when they just need to grab something like a jacket.

  • petejosh petejosh Posts:


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The real question is, who WOULDN'T troll Monticello?

  • haro13 haro13 Posts:

    I rented a Focus for a month last year. It took me a moment to find that switch.. and when I turned it on.. my head was blocking the light. Great.

  • azrcd azrcd Posts:

    Forgo the sunroof (hey, it's a stand alone option and besides leaks the internet says at least one guy's car was had the drain tube exiting into the rear footwell,) and the light will be in the "right" place.

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