Originally Posted by suss6052
That used to be true on the 2012 models when there was more flexibility with the options matrix and an additonal trim level between the SE and the Titanium, but now with their streamlined assembly process and order matrix if you want a hatchback with rear disk brakes an alloy wheels you have to have leather seats in the U.S. You also have to have MFT to get the dual zone automatic climate control where as in 2012 it was standard on the SEL which came standard with the 4.2" sync w/ myford system without the siruis reciever.
Now you're funneled into one of a few large and expensive option packages to get what you want.
If I had to replace the car tomorrow for some ungodly reason the only Focus I can see myself going with is the ST, but it would probably have to be the base ST to avoid MFT and to avoid spending $4000 for options I don't really need or want. But that would also mean giving up the heated seats and the dual zone climate control.
My car is very rare for the fact that it was a one year only model, a one year only combination of features, and a one year only color. None of which could be replaced in 2013.
To equip the car the same way would cost thousands of additional dollars due to the other equipment that would be manditory to match or exceed this level of equipment.
This has become a trend in the automotive industry and Ford is certainly not exempting themselves from it. All the manufacturers bundle options/packages now. To quote the Vonage commercial, "We ALLLLLLL Bundle." I agree with the premise that it's harder to get exactly what you want as if you were custom ordering and now you're required to accept options that you may not necessarily want in order to get others. For the sake of efficiency and obviously profit, I see this trend continuing.
Short of higher end luxury cars, there seems to be very few makes that offer the choices that you desire. In the meantime, if you want those heated leather seats, then you better be prepared to pay for the sunroof that comes along with it, etc...