Steering Wheel Audio Controls - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Steering Wheel Audio Controls

March 19, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

The technology on our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST has more than its fair share of issues. From the annoyances with MyFord Touch and pairing our phones, to the car thinking it should have a rear-view camera the audio and navigation controls and software seem to be the weak point on this car.

I'm not a big fan of the system, and this week I found myself putting another item on the well-this-isn't-intuitive-at-all list: the placement of the steering wheel volume controls. What the heck are they doing on the right-hand side of the wheel?

The volume and seek controls on the steering wheel are redundant and out of place. The requirement to take your right hand off the shift knob to change the track or adjust the volume defeats the purpose of controls on the steering wheel. It's true that these controls allow you to leave your hands at the proper positions on the wheel while driving along on an unchallenging, open highway. But they'd serve the exact same purpose on the opposite side of the steering wheel and allow drivers capable of walking and chewing bubble gum at the same time to select the appropriate high-octane soundtrack for their upcoming hooliganesque behavior.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 8,242 miles

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