Consumer reports isn't exactly the paragon of accurate automobile reviews. In other years you could have read that a Volvo was better rated than a Corvette. I would rather use Top Gear as an example because they review all kinds of exotics along with more pedestrian stuff, they have more hot hatch experience in Europe and they are real gear heads. Track results are another good source. When a driver who is just figuring out his Fiesta ST is just barely behind a prepped Focus ST with an experienced driver at the wheel, I'm impressed and I'm pretty sure that pretty soon we will be contending for the win despite a major power disadvantage.