I went from a 2007 F150 Supercab Flareside (long bed) to the my Focus HB. The F150 was the best vehicle I have ever owned. Over 100k on the clock and not a single problem. The V8 has great low end grunt and it drives beautifully on the highway. The price for all of that is terrible gas mileage. I still have the F150 but I will be selling it to a friend in the next month or so.
I don't consider the Focus a downgrade though. I will be 45 this year and I appreciate handling and mileage more than ever. I considered the ST but the seats were just too firm and the ride a little too harsh for me. My Focus sticker price may have been lower than the F150 but I feel the Focus is far more advanced. I just hope it turns out to be as good of a vehicle as the F150 has been.
On another note, I am still trying to decide if I will stick with 17" wheels or go with 18" aftermarket. I think the wheels look good but I need something more unique.