Fun around town car, great gas mileage - we got 38 mpg on a trip from LA to Morro Bay in February, and 34 mpg on a trip to Palo Alto in April. That's more than twice what my beloved Pacifica gets! Be forewarned, Focus has a history of clutch failure in low gear, which I was aware of before I purchase this car. When it got bad enough to be of concern, I took it to the Ford dealer and it was replaced under warranty. It runs great now!
This car is a perfect all around vehicle, it's a great commuter with excellent power, it is an incredible handling track car and I haven't had an issue. There's also tons of cargo room when you put the seats down. And it has excellent aesthetics! There's a huge aftermarket following on this vehicle and there's tons of companies making great aftermarket parts for these vehicles. Do yourself a favor and get an ST they're a blast!
Unfortunately I only had this vehicle for a short time. I bought it in January and then in April I was in an accident. I was at a dead stop at a red light and I was rear ended. The guy who rear ended me was in a Tahoe SUV and he was going about 40mph. My car ended up being totaled. Considering the horrible amount of damage and the fact that I only came out with whiplash and a sore back I was very very lucky. The Focus saved me. So I went out and bought another one. I've never had any problems with either car and I drive roughly 5,000 miles in three months. I'd recommend this car to everyone.