Yes, we do realize that in a few performance metrics the Focus isn't on top. But if the numbers are all that matter to you, your idea of fun varies greatly from ours.......
Bench racers will always revert to specs and stats. In particular, naysayers will point out the Focus ST's aforementioned shortcomings against the Mazdaspeed 3. Some may also balk at the $4,500 premium over a base Focus. Whatever. Drive it, and drive it hard.
Those doubts and digits will disappear in a cloudy haze of dust and smoke in your rearview mirror. The 2013 Ford Focus ST is quite simply the best front-wheel driver's car to date. It is as fun to pilot as the rear-drive Toyobaru twins and more nimble than the bang-for-the-buck Mustang.
Achieving this blend of performance, comfort and refinement is unheard of in this segment. The Ford Focus ST is the real deal. It took whatever arbitrary limitations we once placed on hatchbacks and burned them in a towering funeral pyre for all to witness. But above all, it's just plain fun.