After owning my ford focus for about 1 month, I'm already thinking about trading it in. Don't get me wrong. The focus is a good car. I particularly like the firm suspension setup and tight steering feeling. But there are two things I just can't get over. The steering wheel occassionally pulls left or right by itself unless the road surface is perfectly level and smooth, which seems to be a problem with the new EPAS system. Actually ford has a TSB for it and I did convince the dealer to perform the TSB, which mitigated the problem to some extent but didn't really fix it. Although I can always correct it quickly, driving the focus has never been relaxing as I have to be prepared for the occassional "steering wandering". Another one is the gas milage. Part of the reason I got the car was for its gas milage, EPA rated 27/37. But in reality, I'm NEVER able to reach 30 mpg at hwy speed no matter how light foot I am. Some says the mpg will increase over time but most others get the EPA rated mpg numbers from day 1. Again, the dealer did all the tests but couldn't find anything wrong. Gradually I'm losing faith on that car and started thinking about other alternatives. What I want is a small fuel efficient commute car and one particular requirment from the wife is a backup camera. It looks like prius is the only (relatively) small car offers that other than the focus. Another potential candidate is mazda cx 5 but its gas milage is not really comparable to prius (though it's the best in its class). Also it's a first year model who knows what problems I'll have down the road. I know that prius is really good on fuel efficiency and reliability. I've also heard a lot complain about its handling. But really, how bad it drives? Currently I'm driving a passat and I've driven a lot VWs and some mazda's in the past. I like cars with good steering feedback. I once drove a camry hybrid and the steering feeling was certainly not my favorite. Is prius even worse or slightly better due to lighter curb weight? How much would it help if I opt in the performance plus springs and rear sway bar? Also I couldn't find the parking assist option in Toyota's website. Is it discontinued or hidden in some packages? Wife would love it if it's still an option. Thx.