I went to the LA Auto Show today and test drove a number of cars. The Focus may have some issues, but as far as the driving experience goes, it really is a wonderful car.
I drove the new 2013 Sentra and while it will probably be reliable, it was horrendously dreary. Crappy driving position, cheap plastics, and an interior ambience straight out of 2001. I was so glad to get back into my Focus.