I finally got a chance to do a back to back test to gather my own personal opinion between the two. Being I've always been a Fiesta fan I am a bit biased. But the drive between the two it seems the power difference was marginal at best. The Focus does feel bigger, but bigger is not always better and I didn't care for it. The Focus was a fully loaded ST3 and the Fiesta only had the moonroof and grey wheels. So the options were quite a bit different. I have previously driven a Focus SE 5 speed so I had an idea of the feel of the Focus without the power. The two things the Focus had that I still want to see on the Fiesta is the factory subwoofer and factory projector headlights. I tested out the stereo on the Focus and with a little EQ tweaking I could easily get it sounding just like I want it with the sub adding the extra bass that the Fiesta doesn't quite give. Projectors just make the headlight output so much better. I didn't test this today, it's just a known fact. Being that the tested Fiesta didn't have Recaros but the Focus did I got to get up out of the Recaros into regular seats and feel the immediate difference. This is assuming the Recaros are pretty similar between the two cars since it's been awhile since I've been in a Fiesta's Recaros. But the standard seats sit a bit higher and are pretty hard, flat, and not real snug. Once I got driving I really wasn't too concerned about it since the test drive wasn't real long anyway, but I'd much rather have the Recaros. So in my personal opinion, the reason for getting a Focus over a Fiesta for the higher powered engine doesn't hold a lot of merit to me because for power to weight the power output of the Focus was better by a bit, but off the line I got so much torque steer that I had to let off the gas to keep control. I didn't touch any of the traction control settings. I didn't feel any torque steer in the Fiesta starting from the same place so I was able to hold the power. It comes down to what options, size, or styling you want. Size and styling win me over to the Fiesta. One of the salesmen tried to get me to change my mind about waiting until I have a good down payment to buy. What are you guy's opinion on down payment amounts? The optioned Fiesta I want would cost shy of $25K MSRP before taxes. My plan was about a year of saving from now or $10K down payment, whichever comes first (at this point I'm at $3300 and all I really am saving for now is the car). I'd get a loan from my credit union for the rest. I still want to talk to my credit union soon to get more info on loans and what it would take to be approved. As much as I'd like to wait to get enough for the full price, I've been wanting a Fiesta since 2010 and I'm kinda tired of waiting now that I've finally graduated college and have a decent paying job. I'd be selling my ZX2 private party to get the most out of it to go directly back into the loan once it's sold.