Lots of SEs around here if you look but the new Escapes have really taken off here in Colorado and outnumber MK3s probably 10 to 1 and alot of them seem to be of the upper trim levels or very well equipped. I see alot of privately owned 3rd gens and alot are shod with just hubcaps but the occasional SEL or Ti pops up. Black pack,17" black wheels and the STs are very far and apart;I've only seen 2 STs on the road since they came out.
I didn't require my Focus to be loaded since the upper trim levels are really just alot of pricey creature comforts and some bling outside the 18' wheel package but performance is generally the same.
There isn't one thing from the higher trim level that would make me enjoy my Focus more and I think the $800 Sport package (seats,leather wheel and knob,rear DISCS) was quite a steal for what you got with a '12 SE.
'12 Focus Red Candy SE Sport 5 spd
'99 Toyota 4Runner Sport
'11 Subaru WRX STI Hatch