2013 Ford Focus ST: Mind the Gap
November 09, 2012
Anyone who' been following our Focus ST here probably knows that it' won me over in a big way. When a car excels in so many ways, it' sometimes hard to find faults, but I did.
It' minor. I mean, really minor.
Take a look at the shot that Kurt Niebuhr took above. See the seam where the hood meets the front fascia? Yeah, it' crooked. The hood itself is on the flimsy side and buckles easily under the slightest pressure. It shouldn't bug me as much as it does, but when faults are so few, they small ones seem to be amplified.
It reminds me of this one time I spotted a very attractive Hollywood starlet having lunch near me. She was dressed impeccably and was even prettier in person. But she had the worst table manners I've ever witnessed. She was shoveling her salad into her face and talking to her agent with her mouth full. Chunks of soggy croutons were flying forth like sparks from a campfire. Gross.
But a deal-breaker? No, I suppose not, and neither is the ST' hood gap. MyFord Touch is getting pretty close to that threshold, though. Seriously, Ford, fix it or kill it.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor