Go for the Ford Focus and save gas money!
A prestige car doesn't have to be a gas hog nor necessarily extremely expensive to make a good impression on most customers.
Knowledge and skill are of course essential. A car and clothes are necessary expenses.
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My husband drives a 2013 Ford Fusion, which is a hybrid. He is really happy with it! And I have to admit, when my "more expensive higher end" car was in the shop recently, I drove his car. I actually loved it! It handled nice, the blue tooth was wonderful and I think it's attractive too! Plus there is plenty of room for people in the back.... AND it gets almost 40 MPG (I think my car gets 15!)..
Since we both live in an environmentally focused area here in the Silicon Valley, I doubt it would be an issue at all. But that being said, I agree with the other comment to go with a hybrid (Ford's Fusion) vs. a Focus.
Hope that helps!
Certainly we all understand both the financial and environmental cost of owning a large car today, so none of the clients will mind your purchase of a smaller car. However, if you choose a smaller car, you need to show a good reason for the change and just buying a small gas powered car says negative things about you as an agent. On the other hand, a Prius, a hybrid car or the all electric Leaf or Volt says you are trendy, environmentally conscious and frankly, cool. So I would opt for the hybrid rather than a Focus. The added bonus is that the hybrid will save you even more money than the Focus ever could. Good luck!