Stock tires are awful. While taking my car in today, someone pulled in front of me and then had to make an quick stop. I thought I was going to die, plus it felt like only two of the tires (on oposite ends) where getting traction ,so I sort of got this like weaving-pulling feeling in the car when I was slowing down rapidly. And this was all on a nice warm, 70 degree clear day... These tires scare me in the rain and are pretty much worthless (from my experience) in snow.
Those tires are getting replaced this winter with some performance all-season tires. I would say the conti's are OK for dry weather, but after my near-death experience today in dry weather, I can't even give them that.
Ford only uses them because they provide a low rolling resistance, which obviously means they don't grip the road very well in any condition, and thus the tires aren't that great. A visit to TireRack will probably confirm this.
2012 Focus SE Hatchback
SE Sport & Winter Packages