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Old 11-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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Arrow Differences between a 2012 and a 2013 focus.

I Drove a SE Sedan 2013 loaner today it has pretty much same mileage as mine 2012 around 1500kms.
Higher idle speed, my 2012 is always around 625rpms, the 2013 was always a bit over 750rpms, I believe they did that to reduce idle vibration.
SE looks cheap without the fog lights.
Larger letters in the fuel and cooler temp. gauges, the tach doesn't have the smaller lines every 250 rpms, only every 500rpms.
Tranny felt exactly the same after almost an hour of heavy traffic the clutch coupling noise (famous gridding noise) started to get louder and some shuddering started to happen I was surprise that it was more noticeable in the 2013, my 2012 does the same thing but not so noticeable.
I notice some flimsy foam inside the front fender that I didn't noticed on mine, I'm not sure if that is a 2013 add on or I just didn't notice on mine


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Old 11-19-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
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I Drove a SE Sedan 2013 loaner today it has pretty much same mileage as mine 2012 around 1500kms.
Higher idle speed, my 2012 is always around 625rpms, the 2013 was always a bit over 750rpms, I believe they did that to reduce idle vibration.
SE looks cheap without the fog lights.
Larger letters in the fuel and cooler temp. gauges, the tach doesn't have the smaller lines every 250 rpms, only every 500rpms.
Tranny felt exactly the same after almost an hour of heavy traffic the clutch coupling noise (famous gridding noise) started to get louder and some shuddering started to happen I was surprise that it was more noticeable in the 2013, my 2012 does the same thing but not so noticeable.
I notice some flimsy foam inside the front fender that I didn't noticed on mine, I'm not sure if that is a 2013 add on or I just didn't notice on mine
Target idle speed has always been 680 rpm at idle without the a/c on not 625 rpm for the 2012 MY.

If they added more insulation to the wheel arch/ front fender liner instead of the plastic fender shield as used in 2012 that might be an attempt to quiet/ quell suspension noise from entering the cabin.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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Larger letters in the fuel and cooler temp. gauges,
Those of us with aging eyes who are staring down bifocals really appreciate that.

I was thinking this weekend that Ford ought to offer a Large Print Edition.

Yes, I'd like that Focus SE in a Large Print Edition please .
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They also changed the center console. Moving the hand brake forward and the change cup behind the shifter (ATX). Different wheel choices.
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I drove a SE flex fuel 2013 loaner for 2 days also. Things I have noticed that I like about the 2013:
Overall ride is quieter, less road noises gets into the cabin. Smoother ride/operation in general.
The 2 little rubber lips they added to the cup holders. These are pants savers, really, and were able to hold that big bucket of cofee I bring along every morning.
Adjustable head rest. I was able to acheive a comfortable driving position with the loaner. I want those. Great stuff!!
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12,s had adjustable head rest! Regular suspension is softer (mush) in the 13,s unless you grab the sport package.
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Hmm, I must have a job 1 car then 'cause my head rests are the type that pushes your head forward.
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12,s had adjustable head rest! Regular suspension is softer (mush) in the 13,s unless you grab the sport package.
I can definitely confirm that the 2012's had a bit more stiffer suspension (I'm riding on the 17s).

Now when you say the 2013s are no the softer side, does it take away from the driving experience or make you feel like you're driving a Toyota Corolla?
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12,s had adjustable head rest! Regular suspension is softer (mush) in the 13,s unless you grab the sport package.
The ratcheting fore/aft adjustable headrest is available as an option now, I certainly don't have it on my '12 SEL.
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The ratcheting fore/aft adjustable headrest is available as an option now, I certainly don't have it on my '12 SEL.
It was never an option, it was made standard on Job 2 2012 builds for cars built after about 4/10/12 depending on when they ran out of the standard two way head restraints.

However for the Job 2 S models they removed the rear heat ducts in exchange for the four way head restraints.
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