2013 Ford Focus ST: One Passenger's Take on the Seats
March 1, 2013
If you'd asked me a couple of weeks ago whether I'd get the Focus ST with the Recaro seats, my answer would have been an unequivocal "yes." Though I'm not necessarily a huge fan of their vaguely gaudy yellow-and-black color scheme, the seats are a satisfying fit for my frame. I haven't done any canyon carving in the ST, but when I'm pressed to make sudden stops and sharp turns on the commute to and from work, the seats work to make sure that I'm held firmly in place. And I like that.
However, over the weekend, I ferried a passenger in the ST, and his critique of the seats wasn't as kind. This is a friend of mine who's driven in our long-term test cars before, and who has, in the past, had little to say about them either way.
His first comment after entering the ST had to do with how uncomfortable the seats are. He's got a larger build than I do at six feet tall, and a stocky 230 or so pounds. He said that the seat's aggressive bolster jabbed him in a particularly painful place as he was getting into the car, and complained that the Recaro left him feeling "like 10 pounds of meat in a 5-pound bag" once he settled in. Not pleasant.
Anyway, the experience reminded me that you have to consider not just your needs, but the needs of your passengers when buying a vehicle. And if your passengers are more well-fed than skinny on the body-type spectrum, they'll probably hate riding in the ST's Recaro seats.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor