I purchased a new SEL with two options (ABS/ESC and Auto Tranny). I now have 3000 miles on the odometer and the car has performed flawlessly. Gas mileage has been good - 35 mph and getting better. I bought this car as a daily commuter, putting on 75 miles per day and in this regard, it has been ideal. I looked at Madza 3 and the Mini Cooper, but the price-point and simplicity of the Focus appealed to me. Also, having rented many small cars, I have had better-than-average experiences with the Focus. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and would do it again.
Rides "bigger" than its actual size. I also like the high seating position
I'm a tough critic and these are are minor,but need to be pointed out. 1) No rear seat dome light (it's like a cave at night). 2) No dash truck release 3)The SEL's fake fender vents are UGLY. 4)Center armrest should be higher & more forward. 5) Compass/ temp should be std. Told you, I'm tough!