Second, I completely agree with this. I think we've all become numbers obsessed, myself included in some instances. In the fantasy football culture we live in, stats reign supreme and people that aren't car enthusiasts (and even some gear heads) seem to go by "expert" opinions and 0-60 times when shopping for a car. If you want to make your car faster from 0-60, by all means do so, I'm not saying you shouldn't. I just feel that a lot of people use that stat as a basis on performance when they really shouldn't; it only tells such a small portion of the car's story. That goes for numbers on the whole. In my case, for example, I test drove about 5 family sedans, the Mazda CX-5, the ST, the WRX, and the MS3 as those were all in my price range and I liked them all. The WRX is not the best performer in certain categories (i.e. comfort, handling, and MPGs), but when I drove it, it just felt like home; like i was supposed to own this car. That means more to me than any number ever could.
Lastly, I think that when the average consumer goes to buy a car, they have no idea what they're doing and are severely misinformed because of shows like Top Gear. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE TG, but I take it as an entertainment program, not as bible. I think some people (not saying anyone here, just on my soapbox) are brainwashed by the "experts" to think faster = better = happier. I cannot disagree with that more. I put more weight behind personal preference than numbers any day. Just my $.02.