I was never impressed with the base model Focuses--even the older ones. But then again, I'm not impressed with the chrome-loaded ones either.
I do agree that I like the alloy rims over the steel rims. But I may still get a pair of steel rims for winter driving for mine (and some dedicated winter tires for the OEM tires sort of suck ,and I really DON'T care to find out how bad they are in snow because I know it can't be good).
I will say that the new medium stone interior color is a better setup than in the 2008-2011 Focus with the gray, brown and tan color scheme. AT least they got rid of the ugly brown color and went pretty much dark and white (black/gray and white). Looks a little more sporty. Of course, I like charcal black, and that's how I've gotten my past two Focuses.