Handling, gas mileage, ease of oil changes (oil filter and drain are directly under the engine so oil goes right in the drain pan). The 100,000 service intervals (chain cam drive, not expensive to replace belts) are nice. A very quiet stable ride, excellent engine noises (revs well and sounds good doing it) and generally pleasing looks inside and out won us over the others cars we reviewed. The five-speed transmission gets good marks and surprisingly, the auto version feels spritly, too. With the highest torque (136 ft-LB) at the lowest RPM (4250RPM) and almost the highest HP (140) at the lowest RPM (6000RPM) this engine matches to an auto better than the rest, too.
Love the driving dynamics of this car. It is a great blend of sport and luxury for such a small car. The Focus premium sound is great compared to the others. Ford uses the Sirius satellite for supposedly better sound quality over XM. Can anybody out there tell the difference?
Where's my spare tire! More intermittent wiper speeds choices. Breakaway rear view mirrors. Option the deletion of the fender "vent". Allow trunk to pop all the way open, not just unlatch and sit there. More interior color choices and exterior and interior combinations.