I've been driving for 37 years. Owned 2 dozen cars. My Focus ZX-3 has been the most reliable of all of them. I think it's been to the dealer twice in 5.5 years! I don't think I've ever owned a car for 5.5 years before getting bored of it or disgusted by the lousy reliability. My Focus has been wonderful. 55K miles and running great.
Looks and style, Headroom and legroom (I'm 6'4 and don't fit in most compact fun cars). Power, 5 speed is nice.
Road noise at highway speeds is pretty loud. Needs more sound deadening,