After 9 years of selling fords I finally bought one for myself to drive to work everyday. My wife has 2 of our products, the oppurtunity has just not come around for me. This car blows me away in quality, quietness, and value. I love the manual tranny. It is twice the car I expected it to be. Very low maintenance. Pay attention to the lack of timing belt. I bought a base car because I dont need the frills. A huge improvement over the prior model, although those have been very very good since 2005.
I like the hankook tires. Got 64,000 miles on my last car with them, with miles to spare. Overall road feel and on center steering stability.
Inside trunk release. Cruise on base model. Lumbar support.