2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Why No Power Seats?

March 5, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I like the hug-me-tight Recaro seat in our Ford Focus ST. What I don't like is the fact that its adjustments are manual. Because I'm 5-feet, 3-inches tall, I have to pull the seat fairly far forward in order to get a comfortable clutch and steering position. Then comes the pumping up of the seat for the right height, the manual back angle adjustment, etc.

When all that is in place, the seat's high sides have me twisting like a pretzel to get out of the car. If I push back the seat for an easier exit, I have to fiddle with the settings when I get back in. If the ST had power seats, that would be a sweet solution. Power seats with memory would be even better.

But according to Ford the six-way power driver's seat isn't an option in the Focus ST. It only shows up on the Titanium trim level, and if I'm really going to be picky, that's not the Recaro seat. Memory is not an option at all.

I like a little convenience in a sporty car. Am I asking too much?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @7,697 miles

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