2013 Ford Focus ST: Skinny Console Syndrome
April 26, 2013
This seems to be going around these days. Maybe it's my imagination. But more cars passing through our garage offer increasingly smaller center console compartments. The Focus ST's tall, skinny compartment isn't exactly useless. You can still drop a phone or a wallet in there, sunglasses in a thin case, maybe. But you can't, as I like to do, dump the contents of my pockets in one central space. At minimum, a center console should accommodate wallet, phone, house keys and some sunglasses.
This looks like hurried packaging. The 12-volt outlet and coin slots in front can go somewhere else and free up that space (although the e-brake placement poses a possible limitation). You could also shave the real estate given over to the USB and RCA ports. Rework both of those areas and you reclaim four, maybe six inches.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 9,600 miles