Beth, I wouldn't touch any more Fords myself, I grew up in a Ford family, but this last one the Ka (too bad you didn't see it when you were here, it's cute) has got so many electronic bugs that I'm kind of soured on them.
Every day there's a new one. I just heard the latest. A co worker had bought one that was used like me. And she had her radio button stolen! Mine fell off all the time. Well it turns out that the button is worth 100 bucks!
It can actually short circuit the car. So this mickey mouse arrangement is directly linked to the whole system!
Plus the only way to make the volume go up is with a match stick!
We've also got an Escort that my in laws gave us after our Dodge was stolen and burnt in a Viking's funeral on a hill.
It's solid but so boring! The steering takes all the pleasure out of driving.
And parking here is a feat in itself. You have to be able to do a 10 point parking job uphill backwards. With people honking at you!
By the way, in your climate, I'd definitely be careful that the options do include defrosters, I actually bought a car that didn't have them, the Geo!
When we lived in cold climates with that thing, it was hell on Earth to get it cleared up.
I mean a rear window defroster!
Are the Nissans still doing well in the States? They are such good cars here.