Why in the world would Ford go and discontinue a fine performing car like the Escort ; tell us the Focus is better and then turn around and sell them to little old ladies who can`t drive faster than 15 mph ? I was driving home from work tonight , road conditions were fair , not good but fair , when I pulled up behind a fairly new Focus hatchback going 15 .I followed along for a while hoping they would pick up the pace but no go. When I almost tailended him after they suddenly put on the brakes ; I decided I`d had enough and passed him in a no passing zone at 30 mph with no problems. MY Escort held the road in a death grip , she was so stable . My respect for our cars is growing daily . I think Ford needs to dump the Focus and bring back the Escort. It is an all round better platform for safty and performance. I`ve always liked a bigger car but I may never go back after this lttle beauty . Thanks for listening . Drive carefully when your having fun.