But we just drove the ST to DC and back and I have to say it is the best road trip car I've ever driven. Quite for the kind of car it is. Suspension is a great balance. Power and 29 mpg over the entire trip including all the stop and go in DC.
And I read yesterday the new Mazdaspeed 3 is going to be 300HP plus and possibly AWD.
And MINI just finished third in a comparison between the Golf and Honda Civic. WTF is this world coming too....
The only thing that might hurt the RS and the 3 is weight--they're not exactly light to begin with, and AWD wont' help that. I tried to find out if the 2nd generation RS shed weight from the stock Focus but couldn't find anything, I'm hoping the third generation RS will manage to come in significantly lighter than the stock Focus, otherwise it's not exactly going to be a featherweight (which is why I'd rather have a Fiesta RS but that's just me).