After several test drives of vehicles in this class of car (be realistic and don't expect a Toyota Avalon) it seemed to be the best choice. I was looking for a run here run there car. At 1500 miles average about 27 mpg rural/highway mileage. I don't live near large city so no actual city miles. Good road feel, handling and ride for compact car. Power sufficient (2.0L auto) even in hilly area of PA but does have to downshift often. Only problem was towed back to dealer when engine shut off and wouldn't restart.Took dealer 2 days to fix problem. Don't believe this to be a common problem. Matter of fact tow operator did state Focus is not high on his list of customers but lowered my reliability rating.
Good ride, handling and road feel for inexpensive compact car. $2500 rebate on 2007 Focus allows you to get a 2007 Focus very nicely equipped for a good price. Trunk quite large for small car and trunk lid arms are out of the way. Transmission seems to be quick to downshift when needed. Like body style.
Hope shut off problem is an isolated incident. Plastic dash,switches and sun visors are cheap looking. In hilly area of PA wish 2.3L engine was available in SE 4 door with auto transmission. Base engine OK but really has to rev to pass uphill and seems busy at 70 mph engine doing 2750 rpm. Fair amount of road noise.