I've owned my used Ford Focus wagon for about 6 months and thoroughly enjoy it. I only have two quibbles with it. First, the unemovable bar that divides the far rear part of the cargo area from the front rear part is irritating. The helpful rear canopy is stored in this bar, but my two dogs have to wriggle under it to navigate the cargo area. Also, there is room for three people in the back seat, but there is only one cup holder built into the rear area. I've also been told that people in the middle of the back seat feel like they're riding on a hump. Also, I'm 5'3'' and found that many seats were not high enough for me, but the Focus' seat goes up or down with a crank. I'm satisfied.
Tons of storage room, floor mats that lock in place, deep and wide storage compartments on both front doors, several helpful little cubby holes on the dash, nice-sized glove compartment; in general a solid, reliable workhorse.
Make the bar that stores the rear canopy removable. Put cup holders on each rear door. Allow the window in the tailgate to open independently of the tailgate itself. Drop-down glasses case above rear view mirror. Hide-away cup holders on the middle part of the dash where the sound system usually is.
I've owned my Focus over 4 years. Since owning it I have had to get the front brakes replaced and new tires. I've also had the fuel pump go out (recall so it was covered, but had to pay to get fuel filter changed). Also had the 'check engine' light come on which ended up being a sensor that had been recalled. I've had the contraption that turns off the turn signal after going around the corner break twice on this car. First time it was under warranty. Second time it wasn't so now I have to turn it off by hand after turning. My car still runs great after 4 years and shows little signs of wear.
Good visibility while driving, convenience of dashboard features (radio, heater, etc), quietness.
There is not a good place to put a large drink in the car. The cupholders only hold small drinks (medium fast food cups barely fit because of their height). If you get a 32 oz drink, it has to go between the bucket seats between the emergency brake and the seat.
If I were out for a new car, I would buy it again. Very good car in any sense. Had just a few glitches in these five years. The original Goodyear Eagle RS tires provided a smooth ride but started to slid and hydroplane too soon. The new TOYO tires make the Focus a beast with gentle heart.
This car performs very well under any condition. Its contemporary European design is a plus. The interior is well thought out, elegant and quiet. Gas mileage is outstanding. The engine delivers its full power when needed and it's fun to drive, both in city traffic and on highways. I've had this car for years and I still find it very enjoyable and reliable. It's built to last. Visibility when driving is great. This station wagon handles curves very well even at higher speeds. It's probably the best compact station wagon in the market today.
Powerful and responsive engine. Great gas mileage. Elegant design and comfort.
Would love to see a diesel-engine on this station wagon in the future.