Some cars are easier to drive than others; the Focus is one of those. It is a communicative chassis and can be 'tossed and caught'. My ZX2 on the other hand, requires much more finesse--a wrong turn (input) can be very upsetting...its more high-strung than the Focus was...but its also faster. I have run inside of 2 seconds on a 60 sec course of top-5 National cars (I compete locally with J. Frank and P. Washburn). The Focus hardly got within 3-3.5 of the best Civics.