I agree.......I haven't driven the 2.3 but we have a 2.0 in an Escape and it's pretty buzzy and doesn't feel very powerful. I was hoping for a bonafied option to replace my F-150 in a few years and this isn't it........but they will have to be replacing this "old" Ranger before to long......so I'll keep hoping.I can't speak for anybody else, but I'm not forgetting anything. Compared to normally aspirated 6-cylinders, 4-cylinder turbos make comparable power and better torque. It's not a question of how much power they make, but how they make their power. In the last four years I've had four German 2.0T's in my garage. They're punchy and can be somewhat fun-to-drive, but they're also buzzy and unrefined. The vast majority of turbo fours sound flatulent, and custom exhausts can make them sound even worse.
I've said it before, and I'll reiterate ... the 2.3T is a fine base engine. Probably an ideal base engine for the Ranger. But why does it have to be the only engine?