After a week driving a new Focus all over Washington State, I found the gas mileage to be very good (about 31 mpg overall), but the seats very uncomfortable, the handling poor, and the ride bouncy. It is amazing that in 2009 a company the size of Ford can still design such bad (ergonomically poor) seats. No lower back support. No lateral support. The suspension is soft, but when you hit a big bump it quickly bottoms out, and shakes the whole car. Anybody who MUST have an American car may be happy with it, but if you also drive a Mazda3, HOnda Civic, Sentra, etc. you'd never buy this car. Very disappointing.
gas mileage, SAT radio
86 the seats. They need a total redesign by someone who understand ergonomics. Handling is awful. Why can the Mazda3 (same chassis) handle & ride so well, and the Focus rides & handles so poorly?