[quote author=Scape2 link=topic=67921.msg1171643#msg1171643 date=1169917292]
Ford does need to step it up with engine technology and refinement. Their engines are reliable and adequate but in todays markets you need to step up! The 2.3 is a great little 4cyl engine that could easily put out 180HP. Why doesn't Ford do this?
Its the conservative approach to selling a car. People who are satisfied will appreciate the car as is, those who are hungry for more will spend money on parts. Heck, a good cam job alone could get you around SAE 200hp(might not be the most reliable 220 NA i4, but its out there and not a bad option.) Not only does this approach sell the car, knowing that it has loads of potential, but it also retains a lower standard from insurance companies. Making it a top notch sleeper, a domestic sleeper at that.