Replaced a Acura. I needed room for golf clubs and a safe fast driver. I bought the 5 speed manual which really makes the car a much better performer than the auto. I have yet to visit the dealer except to get mats for the back. Very quick, not as smooth (engine) as Honda/Toyota/BMW.
Net in back. Remote seat release. Availability of manual tranny with v6. 17" wheels. Sport Package on wagon.
Ford could improve on the engine. Not as good gas mileage as other Japanese products. Headlights are weak. Did I mention that the headlights stink?