Absolutely some people have had issues ... it's first frikkin' model year, dammit! CR is biased and I don't see how some of their reliability data can be derived on a single NA production run. I stopped reading their rag long ago.
Issues with the PS? Yup - sure of it. But I have an '11 that was one of the first officially produced ones and have no issues. Total of 4 different people drove the car and 2 of us are more constantly in it than the others. No issues after more than 16,300 miles.
I've had 3 cars bought as used-with-warranty (dealer/maker lease) where the tranny needed work in the warranty period and 1 was a first-year setup. Got it fixed and that was that.
PS is NOT a conventional automatic and I don't believe CR, Motor Week (tv), Motor Trend, Edmunds or others give it enough investigation before declaring it as noisy, etc. It is a manual that is electronically controlled and requires a certain period to settle in. Makes a whole lot of difference.
Larry (ol' coot #2)
Punch: 2014 Fiesta, Storm Grey, hwy 41.46
Nytwing: 2015 Fusion Hybrid,