Like everyone else, gas prices pushed me towards an econmical vehicle. I drove the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent and Chevy Cobalt. For the what you get for the money, Focus wins easily. I have the Automatic SES. The suspension on this car makes it fun to drive. It doesn't lean much through the turns and provides a comfortable ride. I'm still on my first tank of gas and the computer is reporting 35mpg of mixed driving!
Steering wheel controls for Audio/sync/Cruise. The MS Sync system. The handling of the car. The fuel economy. Side impact/curtain airbags. big trunk.