To the Editor:
In Europe last summer, I rented a Ford Focus C-Max with a diesel and a 5-speed. The sprightly little 5-door hatchback also comfortably fit my spouse and three kids and all of our luggage.
The car was very unlike what we get in the U.S. Focus; indeed, it was very un-Ford-like. Its fit and finish were excellent. Its controls and knobs were sturdy and solid. Its short-throw gearbox was snick-snick precise. Its doors closed with a German-sounding thunk. It cruised effortlessly at 150 kilometers an hour (roughly 93 mph); and it delivered good mpg. All of that was in a very attractively styled package.
Now that's a car I would buy here in the United States before I even looked at a Honda or Toyota.