Hello, thanks for the input.
So, I checked the numbers and confirmed that, except for the engine displacement, most of the specifications put my 2000 Focus zx3 right in between the new focus and the fiesta.
More interestingly, I went ahead and test drove both a 2012 fiesta and a 2013 focus - liked them both, and yes fiesta felt a bit small, focus felt a bit big compared with my car. Furthermore, the Focus felt very similar to the 2009 sedan we have (except I tested a manual). No complaints. I also noted that the clutches in both new cars were VERY easy to push in. Neither car has a truly flat back when you fold the seat down. If I had to decide today, I'd probably choose the Fiesta - just because I like the smaller feel - any occasional passengers will just have to live with it!
Then, I got back into my car.... I still like my car! I just read an Edmund's review and someone there got over 300K on theirs! Maybe I can too!