2006 Ford Focus ZX3 S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Being that our other cars are luxury or sport vehicles, I wasn't sure how I would adapt to my new commuter car. Two and a half years into my ownership, I have had zero problems. The Focus is reliable, very comfortable, handles well and gets a consistent 28 mpg in normal driving. It may not have been so fashionable when I bought it, but now that gas is $4+ per gallon, it is the envy of all of many SUV owners. The seats are great on long trips, and the 5 speed manual puts a smile on my face. With the rear seats folded down, there is a credible amount of hauling space. Simple, sporty, reliable, and economical, with great handling as a bonus. I'm convinced that the Focus was a wise choice.
Super optional Sony sound system with subwoofer in trunk. Second, the precise handling and confidence of the 4 wheel ABS disc brakes.
For what it is, I think they have done a great job for the price.