My 93 Escort GT was on its last legs, due to an accident. It would have made it a couple more years without a doubt. Alas, it was not meant to be. Thus a search for a suitable replacement began. Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevy Aveo, etc. Final solution: Focus ZX4 SE with almost every option, except cold weather package, and 16" wheels. X plan and $2500.00 rebate plus a little trade in equaled about $14k. A similarly equipped Honda Civic - well over $20k. No-brainer.
Interior comfortable, solid, quiet at all speeds. Very ergonomic, not goofy like the Yaris. Pull the front seats up a notch, plenty of room for backseat drivers. Large trunk. Back seat bottom cushions flip up like Honda Fit. Backs fold down flat. Oil filter in plain sight, easy to reach.
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