Donn't buy an 08. The 09 has a bigger engine, 4 wheel anti lock brakes, a 6 speed automatic trans. The steering is smooth, easy, and I can turn shorter than my 2000 Focus. The ride is quiet, smooth,and the bucket seats are very comfortable. I bought the white suede with camel interior. The car has everything on it except Navigation, heated seats, and outside mirror. I just had reverse sensors added yesterday. Oh yes I have the leather seating too. Sirius radio is great and not that expensive when the free radio expires.
Power, interior, radio, ride, and gas mileage. 24.4 combined so far.
Put reverse sensors on all cars. My golf clubs marred the cargo area sideThe entry into the SUV is higher than I'm used to, but hey it's an SUV