I like the way this car drives. The engine is peppy and it stays glued to the road. So far, after two years this Focus has been mostly reliable. It's been to the dealer for a trunk latch and windshield wiper switch problem. All were fixed. There are just minor issues that bug me though. Compared to the 2003 we had the interior is cheap looking and plasticky. Seats are not very comfortable. The taillight bulbs burned out at exactly 2 years. Just little ways to tell Ford has cut corners. At highway speed there seems to be quite a bit of road noise which may be due to the low profile tires. The fuel economy leaves room for improvement at real world 20-23 city, and 30-32 highway.
Engine has good acceleration, good suspension, European car feel, CD changer with mp3 capability, low maintenance engine basically requires little more than oil changes
Use better quality interior materials, better fuel economy, reduce road noise, improve fit and finish, better sounding stereo like the Blaupunkt factory in our 2003