After test driving the new Ford Focus, I have come away severly disappointed. The new Focus has no appeal. The car feels extremely cheap from the plastic interior to the faux side accents that make the car laughable. Look around at the body at the weird edges and angles. Grasp your hand around the cheap plastic door handles. Performance is just average and it is not as fun to drive as a Mazda 3 or Honda Civic. The Microsoft Sync system works well, but this is the only thing that seperates this car from the other economy cars. The Sync system is also optional equipment even though it is the only thing Ford advertises with the Focus. For fuel economy, I observed around the mid-20's from mostly highway driving, which is a far cry from Ford's stated 35 mpg. When the Ford Focus was released in 1999 it was a far departure from the bland Ford Escort and brought many new advances in economy cars. Also it was fun to drive. This model goes back to being bland and boring like the Escort. There are much better choices out there for economy cars like the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, or the new 2009 Toyota Corolla.