I've had my 5 speed Focus for a little over a year and I love to drive this car
to work. I'm 6' 2" and I fit well in the driver's seat. The engine, transmission,
steering, suspension and brakes are incredibly capable and satisfying. My
Ford dealer has been great. The only defect was a faint rattle in the rear
which was a vibrating shock absorber, quickly diagnosed and replaced.
I love the design and functionality of the dashboard and controls. The sound
system rocks. Build quality has been super so far. It's been an incredible
value for the money.
While I like the torquey personality of the engine, it could definitely get better
gas mileage around town. I'm getting 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. Also,
the engine is a little noisy at highway cruising speed.