I've had the opportunity to compare several of the available electric cars. I've test-driven the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi "I" on several occasions. I haven't driven the Ford Focus EV, I've only sat in it.
I was beginning to think that driving an "ev" meant reconciling ones self to a second-class experience compared to the gas-powered vehicles I've driven. Then, I had the opportunity to test drive the Honda Fit EV. Nice!
I had an obliging Honda rep next to me in the passenger seat. So, after I'd gotten the feel of the car, I put it through the kind of maneuvers you'd want to be able to execute, in a pinch, in real life driving situations. The "ev" battery gives the car a very low center of gravity and "glues" the car to the road, even when the car's ample, electric-motor torque sends you flying in the new direction you want to go. Nimble. Definitely nimble. I never put the car in "Sport" mode. I drove the whole time in "Normal". That's the mode one would probably be in when an emergency cropped up. Whether I was pushing the car's limits or just cruising along, it was a pleasure to drive, much more enjoyable than the Leaf or the "I". While I haven't yet driven the Focus EV, it has that common, "tunnel-vision" visibility that a lot of small cars have today. I hate that! In contrast, you have excellent visibility when driving the Fit EV, a big safety feature in my book.
For me, the only negative was that the roomy hatch storage area isn't perfectly level when the back seats are folded down. The storage area is seamless in the gas-powered Fit, but there's a lip in the Fit EV. Still, my hat is off to the Honda engineers. They whipped this EV together in a very short time (based on the fuel-cell Clarity and the electric Honda from years ago?) and it's impressive. And fun.