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2013 Ford Focus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Ford Focus was new.


Interior: 7.5

According to reviewers, overall interior quality in the 2013 Ford Focus is good, though it does have a mix of hard- and soft-touch plastics. The cargo area in the sedan and hatchback models are a good size, though neither model has the largest in the class, and seat comfort meets expectations for a small car. One thing reviewers do complain about, however, are the interior features, which are confusing, whether you have the base model or a higher trim equipped with Ford Sync or MyFord Touch.

  • "Focus has an attractive interior, and its materials are a combination of lightly-padded and hard plastics." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "While the handsome exterior of the Focus might be what initially sets the hook, it's the upscale passenger cabin that will reel you in. The interior is attractive and quiet, and the materials are best-in-class." -- Edmunds
  • "Special stitching was a nice touch, but some of the materials used seemed cheap, such as the interior roof liner." -- MarketWatch (Ford Focus ST)
  • "It looks far more expensive than most of its classmates, both inside and out, with a well-designed, clean center stack. The bulk of buttons, especially on higher trim levels, has migrated to either a touch-screen or the steering wheel." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "Materials are a mixed bag, but they’re generally price appropriate." -- Left Lane News (2012)


Both the 2013 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback seat five. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are optional. ST models have optional Recaro bucket seats with the choice of full- or partial-leather upholstery. Auto critics like these seats, saying they’re supportive and aren’t too stiff. Reviewers say the Focus’ front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of room. One test driver mentions that the sedan’s rear visibility is good, but finds that the hatchback’s roof pillars decrease visibility. Test drivers find that while there is enough headroom in the backseat, the Focus doesn’t offer as much legroom as its rivals.

  • "Even large drivers should be comfortable in front. A tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat help dial in a suitable position. The seats are bolstered enough to keep drivers planted in turns, but not so confining as to be uncomfortable for larger folks. Visibility is generally good on the sedans. Hatchbacks suffer a bit from thick roof pillars. The small ‘wide-angle’ lenses built into the exterior mirrors help a bit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are supportive and comfortable over long distances. The rear seats offer adequate headroom, but come up a little short on legroom when compared with larger competitors." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2013 Ford Focus comes standard with a four-speaker stereo that has an auxiliary input jack. Optional interior features include push-button start, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Ford Sync and MyFord Touch. The Focus has several optional safety features, such as active park assist, which simplifies parallel parking. Another available safety feature is MyKey, which is found on all but the base trim, and allows parents to restrict top speeds to 80 mph and limit the audio system’s volume. The system also chimes when the vehicle reaches 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour to remind the driver of his or her speed. Other MyKey safety features include silencing the radio until front-seat passengers fasten their seatbelts.

Most reviewers say that the Focus’ interior controls are confusing, whether they tested models with Ford Sync, MyFord Touch or a model without these features. Ford Sync is a voice-activated system that controls features like Bluetooth and turn-by-turn directions. The system receives several complaints from reviewers who say that it takes practice to understand, though its features are useful. MyFord Touch integrates entertainment, navigation and communication into a touch-screen console. Test drivers have varying opinions of MyFord Touch. One test driver says the system is much easier to use than it used to be, and another thinks that it’s only hard to use initially, just like most technology. Even without all of these features, one reviewer says that the controls are still confusing.

See the full list of 2013 Ford Focus features and specs »

  • "However, the layout of gauges and controls is a little complicated even on lower trim levels." -- Edmunds
  • "Some Luddites have problems working the touch screen or steering wheel buttons, but I find the system easy to understand and can operate without taking my eyes off the road. MyFord Touch is so much more advanced than any other system that it can be confusing at first, and conventional wisdom may frown upon it. Yes, it's different, but you don't have to be a hater; just learn how to use it. It's easier than an iPhone." -- The Detroit News (2012)
  • "We instead had the regular MyFord setup, which also can be slow (especially the transitions from screen to screen) but is more intuitive and includes plenty of goodies such as caller ID, text-message alerts, Sync voice activation, and a high-res info screen in the gauge cluster." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "Ford's SYNC display dominates the plastic-trimmed center stack, and while it takes a little practice to get the basic navigation mastered, it does offer plenty of function." -- Motor Trend (2012)


Of the two Focus models, the hatchback has the most cargo space. It has a total of 44.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 23.8 cubic feet with the rear seats in use. In comparison, the sedan has a 13.2 cubic-foot trunk. Reviewers say these figures are good for the class, but that some rivals have more cargo space. One test driver says interior storage is adequate for the class, but another says the Focus doesn’t have enough interior cubbies.

  • "The sedan's 13.2-cubic-foot trunk is on par for this class, but the hatchback model is still the better choice for the practically minded, with 23.8 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seats up and 44.8 cubic feet with them folded down." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior's small-item storage is pretty average and includes a small cubby behind the shifter, console bin, two cup holders, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The main complaint for both College and Family Sara is the interior's lack of storage spaces. This is a hazard of a smaller car; in the front row I just had two cupholders, the center console and a glove box. I missed having a little bin for my phone or my wallet." -- Cars.com (2012)

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