I did lots of research before buying my first vehicle and I found the Focus to be the best bang for my buck. My main interests in the Focus were the great exterior and interior looks along with the great gas mileage. I considered the Maza3, the Hyundai Elantra and the Mitsubishi Lancer, and I am very pleased I chose the Focus. I chose the SES trim with traction control.
Electrochromic mirror, traction control, SYNC
Need a cubby hole in the front dash to store stuff like an MP3 player. Make a release button and latch for the gas tank access. I don't like the fact anyone can open it.