Replaced my 2005 Escape which I loved - but needed better gas mileage. Boy did I get my money's worth! I have gotten as high as 42 mpg on a long trip, and even regular commute nets anywhere from 35 mpg to 39 mpg depending on how fast highway traffic is moving. I got the 5-speed standard - it's less expensive and way more fun to drive - you can really take off in a hurry when you need to. Loved my Escape - but this little gem is really winning me over - I'd replace it with another Focus in a heartbeat when the time comes!
Dashboard clock/radio display is awesome - the trunk is HUGE for a small car