Yes sir mackinaw! My benchmark for 2019 Ranger XLT interior (the truck I pre-ordered) is my 2004 Ranger XLT. The old Ranger has a cheap looking but functional interior. I expect the new one to be the same way, but more modern. Perfectly fine by me.
As I mentioned before, it's a Ford. No one expects a Jaguar type interior in a Ranger.
Yep. The thing with power is that it's like any addiction. Once you get used to a certain level, it loses it's thrill and you have to up the dose.
I actually made a hard decision to sell off all my fast stuff and limit myself to 200 hp about 10 years back. That managed to reset my expectations and I now find my recently built 300 hp 3200 lb turbo Ranger (old style obviously) to be a thrilling power/weight ratio again. I find I'm much more responsible with it now that I'm older so I may venture out further into the power level spectrum yet. I'm trying to take it slow this time.
But anyways, 600 hp in a 6000 lb vehicle is still perfectly streetable and even mannered. The same amount in a 4000 lb vehicle is starting to hit the limit of streetability.
I would give up 50 HP and 250 ft-lbs of torque from my diesel for an additional 2-3 MPG. I want more, yes, but I want more fuel economy. As jcartwright mentioned, I don't even use all of the 440/925 that I have now.
Everyone wants more? I really think you are mistaking a d*ck measuring contest for usable power that people want. The funny thing is, most folks don't use the 400 they have now. Also, where do you stop? Ever hear of the law of diminishing returns? Have you ever driven something with 600 hp?
Ford interiors tend to favor rugged materials, especially in trucks. The Ranger is really cheap...I know it doesn't seem that way, but compared to other Ford's it's way down there. It stands to reason they are going to make some compromises, but I think it also suits the utility of the truck.
I think what concerns me about the reviews is that although the drivetrain is great, the chassis dynamics appear to be poor compared to the GM Twins and Ridgeline (not surprised about the last one). It's characterized as firm and harsh with vague steering and unsettled suspension characteristics, very similar to the Tacoma. This might be a fun truck off-road, but perhaps not a great one on road. I think it makes some sense why Ford only wants to compare this to Tacoma. It's still a very retro product for Ford in many ways, simple and rugged compared to the sophisticated and modern F-150.