The Focus ZX3 is an astonishing little
car. It is light and nible and
relatively powerful and the interior
design and ergonomics are the best of
any small car. Sometimes while
driving to work I see BMWs and think
how close I came to buying a cramped
ZX3 and how much overally pleasure I
get from driving my sporty Focus with
It is the small things that are done
right in the Focus. For example, the
cruise controls has raised bumps on the
buttons needed to activate so you can
do it without looking. The stereo is
great and has a nice automatic volume
feature that lowers the volume when you
stop at a light.
Stereo controls on the steering wheel
would be nice, as would an even-larger
sunroof. The one thing that drives me
crazy is the two-lever system for
getting passengers into the back seat.
That should be improved.