I have been driving Mustangs for the past 16 years and with the birth of our 2nd child the backseat was beginning to get crowded. It was time to retire the '05 v-6 Mustang in favor for something that had a bit more room in the back. While the ST does not have as much room as our Edge, it does the job. This car handles well on the road and is very fun to drive. While it is a major change going back to front wheel drive, this car has delivered. The dash does have a heavier rubber type of finish that hopefully will keep it from cracking years down the road. The interior is upgraded from that of the standard Focus and the 6 speed gearbox snaps into the next gear as you tear down the road. YouTube has several good reviews.
Okay car for price
2013 Ford FocusBoris Pocasangre - Los Angeles, CA02/23/2017
It has good gas milage, big trunk, seats fold down for even more space in the back, and heated seats. Downfall would be the transmission. Transmission sometimes stutters and I hate it so much that I sometimes dont even want to go too fast on highway roads.
Good basic car so far
2005 Ford FocusD C Johnson - Harrisonburg, VA03/28/2016
This 2005 model is still in good shape for its age/milage and has taken me on one cross-country trip already without issues. Yes, acceleration has the same lag issues as most cars aimed at the basic commuter market, but it gets you onto the highway handily enough once it gets going.