Car and Driver has placed the Focus on the 10Best list for two years running now, with the caveat to avoid the DCT and MFT if possible. I believe it has beaten every other compact in C&D comparison tests as well.
And as far as the ST is concerned, I have yet to see it lose any comparison test, from any reviewer, even against the European competition across the pond.
Mine: 2004 Subaru WRX Wagon: 116k, WRB
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 67k, SGM, Manual