All really good cars have an ineffable quality to them that makes their owners love them and appreciate what they do, even when there are other cars (maybe even for not a whole lot more money) that flatly outclass them.
My 2012 SE Focus is fun to drive, reasonably quick for what I paid for it and its size, comfortable, and stylish. It definitely doesn't blend in, and it isn't a 'motoring appliance'. You just don't get that joie de vive and driving experience out of a new car these days for that kind of money, in a car I can still fit music equipment, groceries, and road trip stuff in easily.
Kay - HN#79
'12 Hatch SE Sport MTX75
FSW 2.5 Race CBE, Steeda STS & CAI
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