Went from a 2005 Ford Taurus to the Focus. I liked the Focus because it was loaded with luxury features that was really only common in high end cars/luxury cars.
Dual electronic climate control for one. Heated leather seats being another. Then add good fuel economy, and being a hatchback, to me it has more practicality/functionality than my old Taurus sedan. But, I barely use the poor thing. I love it, but I don't love making payments. :P