RonMaiden - I only looked at an Elantra GT and a Mazda 3 5-door; I like that they both come with projector headlights standard and we get nothing with the Focus...
If you ask me for my opinion, leave the "rear drums" business for cars like the Fiesta, Kia Rio, Scion XD, Mazda 2 or Hyundai Accent...
As for the steering wheel controls, most cars I've dealt with... at least Japanese and Korean... have had the radio controls on the left hand side... you'd be surprised how much more convenient that is.
In my area, there were only 3 SEs left with the manual transmission; two of them were within my price range and only had the Candy red I wanted... unfortunately, it also only came with just the Convenience package and I couldn't get anything else... so I compromised.
I love the car though, very fun to drive and I also have lots of plans for it.... I just feel that Ford could've addressed these things right before production.
2012 Candy Red SE Manual... I smell serious trouble.