Today's Rant: Hands-free mic in Ford Taurus

Today's Rant: Hands-free mic in Ford Taurus

Those of you who read me regularly know that I make no secret of the fact that I'm petite. In auto-speak, I am the fifth percentile female, which means I'm at the 5-feet-tall mark. So, I do occasionally have rants that might not apply to the 6-feet-tall among you. This is likely one of them.

My rant: The mic placement for Sync and hands-free calling in the 2013 Ford Taurus.

I've ranted about mic placement before in the Kia Sorento, which could hear me fine, but would not catch my passenger because of its far-left placement. But the mic placement in the Taurus is confounding because it will definitely miss me and likely miss my passenger as well. Why? Because it's directly over my head!

During the test week, I had to tip my head back every time I wanted to talk on the phone or make a Sync command. Talk about taking your eyes off the road! I had to resort to using my antiquated headphones for proper hands-free calls, and the Sync commands just plain didn't work.

Really? I mean what happened to putting the mic in the center near the map lights? If anyone out there knows the logic of the non-central mic placement, I'd really like to hear it.

But in the meantime, I'm clicking that dislike button on this feature in the Taurus.


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  • I don't have any data to support this but I imagine it is out there. I don't think too many people conference call when they are in the car. Telephone conversations tend to be between two people. How often do you have a passenger who receives a call through your phone? If it's not more than 50% of the time I don't think it makes sense to make a mic that is just OK at picking up two people's voice as it is one that is good at picking up the intended user... the driver.

  • In reply to talipa2012:

    i hear what you're saying ... but, really, if one placement is just as easy to do as the other, why would you exclude that 50%? the cars that have the mic in the center always seem to take in sound the best regardless of whether the passenger is speaking or not ...

  • No reason why you have to look at the mike while talking, just YELL LOUD ENOUGH. Like TAURUS, HOW DO I GET TO 35TH AND SHIELDS? NO I SAID 35TH, NOT 36TH. NO I DON'T WANT THE HEAT TURNED UP."

    But apparently Mike Rowe is taller than you are, and most of the smaller females are in the Focus or Fusion ads. BTW, it seems like Mike is pushing Fusions and Escapes that are soon to be replaced. Maybe that's why he is pushing them so hard.

  • In reply to jack:

    lol ... i do have a very loud voice, and when i was talking on the phone, the people on the other side of the line still couldn't hear me unless i tilted my head. :/ and i figure most people are likely taller than i am ...

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