Trying to find a reasonably proced low mileage used Honda/Toyota/Nissan is impossible, so we tried the Ford Focus and it was the best thing we could have done. We found our 2005 ZX4-SES complete with every option except leather seats for under $9300 w/tax/prep. Just a great car for a first timer like my teenage daughter- came with ABS and side air bags. Great MPG as well-she loves it ! Cjeap to run, cheap to keep and it just goes and goes and goes.
Fun to drive-lot of nice features for a basic car. Safe and reliable. Great MPG.
Noisy hi-rev 4-cyl engine plus lots of wind noise over 65mph-you learn to live with it.