For 2012 after a very long wait, American buyers finally get a world-class small car from a Detroit label. The 2012 Ford Focus is the segment’s new benchmark. Pros: Nimble handling, refined ride, stylish and well-made interior, lively engine, smart automatic transmission, abundant list of upscale and high-tech options. Cons: Backseat is a little short on legroom, infotainment controls can be finicky to learn and use.