I've had the car for a month; it replaced a 2007 Mazda3 and I also previously owned a 2007 Focus.
This car is worlds apart from the 2007 Focus.
The shifting is buttery smooth; good power, good fuel economy (averaged 36 mpg on recent 800 mile road trip).
The car feels "stiff" and this is a good thing; it holds corners amazingly well, very little sway.
This actually takes a little getting used to if you haven't driven a car that handles as well.
It's very quiet, much quieter than the Mazda3.
The driver's cockpit feels like it wraps around you.
A very well thought out, good performing vehicle, especially for the price point!
Handling; exterior styling; shifting; build quality, interior ergonomics; interior displays easy to read. Very quiet.
Love the Sync (didn't get the MyFord Touch).
Gas mileage is very good; like the information center with ecodrive information.
I also like that this is an American car, made in Michigan.
It has a solid, quality feel to it!
I wish Ford would make it easier to lower the back seats to open the cargo area..
The 2012 Mazda3 has headrests that fold down, making it much easier to open the cargo area than the Focus.
It's not easy to "scan" the radio, but other audio controls are fine.