I'd never pay $20K + for a Ford though.
Newer Fords are seriously nice. Nicer than anything Mitsu has come out with in the last 20 years, if ever. If I had the money, they would get it hands down. I seriously want a 2015 Mustang. I'd also take a Focus ST in a heartbeat.
Now, to also be fair here, Tony has a point. If I ever had 15k to spend and the choice of a Mirage or a 2 year old Fiesta ST came up, I would still probably buy the Ford. BUT, I drive past the old Ford dealership that I used to work at almost daily and they had a 2012 Focus ST in Tangerine Scream with a 6 speed and paint matching interior and I damn near fell in love with it. Honestly, how far has Ford come in the last 10 years? Look at the styling, look at the options, look at their range of models, they've come a LONG way since I owned my absolute least dependable vehicle ever, my old Exploder. Here's the kicker...they wanted $24,995 for a 2 year old Focus ST with 14,500 miles on it...I mean, the turbo model and looks of it only go so far with me, 25k for a 2 year old Focus? Does it come with the optional female head that pops out of the dash to blow me while I'm driving?