2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SES 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased my Focus SES ZX5 new. Love it. getting 25mpg city/30mpg hwy at 70mph. Original Pirelli P6's were super noisy, replaced them after 400 miles with Goodrich TA radials. Quieter than the P6's and far far better traction in snow. After 54K mi brakes are still great, no noise, no squeaks, no dust and still now wore out. AC is always cold when you really need good and cold. This car has all the power you need for every day commuting and quite comfortable on 4hr trip too. I would buy another 4dr hatch if Ford made it. Great little car.
Theres more room in front seats thanks to not having a great big center console. I like the way the small storage compartments flips out of the way when not needed.
Less hard plastic around the inside. Add more "useful" storage bins and cubbies.