I had a similar debate before I bought the Focus and though my choices of cars were different (Focus, Mazda3, and Impreza), my criteria otherwise were the same. It had to have a manual transmission and it had to be a hatchback/wagon format.
I chose the Focus because it was the newest platform overall and felt like it would be the best highway cruiser amongst the three. We have 14k miles on it now and haven't had any problems with it. We are averaging 33 mpg with mostly highway driving around 70 mph. It could be better, but I won't complain too much since it is rated at 36 mpg.
Just stick with the manual transmission and avoid My Ford Touch and you'll be a happy camper.
2012 5-Spd SE Hatchback in Blue Candy w/ sport package and winter package (Ordered 01/21)