Is there a big difference in the 2.3 and 2.7 with Sasquatch Package?

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Anyone who is trying to convince others that the 2.3 is fast, is either A trying to fool themselves, or B has low standards with vehicle performance.
I don't think i've ever heard someone try to convince anyone the 2.3 was fast. The best I've heard was "adequate for a vehicle of this type". And having driven a 2.3 Mordor auto lux Badlands (about 5k lbs), it left me feeling plenty happy about how I expect my 2door base manual to perform that I expect to weigh about 10% less.

For reference, my current car is a 4800lb rwd 420hp v8 that does 60 in 5.5. Either bronco will be slower than what I'm used to, and I'm fine with that. More than speed, I need a manual transmission back in my life. If they wise up and offer the 2.7 manual i've got an extra 2k ford can have.
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For what ever it’s worth I have a 21 ranger and I didn’t think I was going to like it but I put it on 33’s and installed the ford performance tuner which also allowed me to calibrate for the 33’s it is a blast to drive especially in sport mode way more power than you would think out of the 2.3 and the shifting with the tuner is way better I am super impressed
 

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Weird how so many are trying to justify the 2.3 to save a couple grand on a ~50k truck! Also, gas mileage is so close that is not a valid argument either. You will always be second guessing yourself for the life of your ownership "I should have got the 2.7". Simply put... The single and only reason to go 2.3 is to get the manual transmission. Nothing else... IMHO 😎🤙🏼

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Simply put... The single and only reason to go 2.3 is to get the manual transmission. Nothing else... IMHO 😎🤙🏼

I would echo Mike's statement.

I drive a 2.7 Base model everyday. Then a couple weeks back, I got the chance to drive a 2.3/AT Badlands for a couple days (both 4 door models) and was seriously disappointed in the 2.3.

The 2.7 is much more drivable, not in a fast & furious kind of way, but in a merge into traffic, pass other cars, creeping along through city driving, day-to-day type driving.
 

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Not really. If you’re used to performance cars or trucks like Raptors or M3s than maybe it’ll feel a little sluggish but the 2.3 is more than enough to power the Sasquatch for the overwhelming majority of drivers . I just went for a long test drive of a 4 door 2.3 Sasquatch, my previous vehicle was a 2016 GTI which was very peppy and a blast to drive, and while the Sasquatch isn’t quite as quick I found it plenty fun to drive and had zero issue getting out of its own way. If you’re going to be towing often or are hell bent on zipping and hooning all over the place then get the 2.7 but the 2.3 is more than adequate for a Sasquatch bronco. I remember a video where a Baja racer was taking a reporter for a ride in a 2.3 squatch and she said it took her awhile to realize she wasn’t in a 2.7 anymore.
 

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So since the beginning I've been deadset on the 2.7 and sasquatch, However, as of late I've been strongly considering downgrading to the 2.3. I know the 2.7 has more oomph, but realistically in stop and go city traffic with the occasional highway driving, is the 2.3 really much of a downgrade realistically? My main reasoning is MPG, but won't that go out the window with the sasquatch package?
Just curious what others on here who have driven either or both think.
You'll get whiplash with this question, lol. Engine power seems so dependent on personal preference and driving style.
 

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I test drove both… the 2.7 is one option I will not give up. The 2.3 makes you think it has some fun packed in, because the throttle response is nice and responsive… but when you are actually trying to accelerate I felt like it totally falls on it’s face. I admit I am extra critical when it comes to engine performance and it’s usually the first thing I look for, however I am still surprised the 2.3 is getting the praise it’s getting paired with such a heavy vehicle. It was just not enough power TBH. IMO even the 2.7 was lacking a bit from what I had hoped, but is at least ”enough”, especially considering the vehicle’s purpose. Anyone who is trying to convince others that the 2.3 is fast, is either A trying to fool themselves, or B has low standards with vehicle performance. I do think it is likely adequate for a good portion of the population but surprised it’s adequate with a niche vehicle like this that calls more of an enthusiast presence. Then again, it’s competitors are pretty boring too, lol.
Bingo! Spot on…..I feel that those here and on Fakebook praising the 2.3 are doing so to justify their choice in the smaller engine…….I’ve test driven both and would never go with the lesser engine.
 
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Bingo! Spot on…..I feel that those here and on Fakebook praising the 2.3 are doing so to justify their choice in the smaller engine…….I’ve test driven both and would never go with the lesser engine.
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I'm still leaning on downgrading tho. Neither engine is winning any races anytime soon. Plus with gas only getting more pricey I'd rather get some extra MPG
 
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Weird how so many are trying to justify the 2.3 to save a couple grand on a ~50k truck! Also, gas mileage is so close that is not a valid argument either. You will always be second guessing yourself for the life of your ownership "I should have got the 2.7". Simply put... The single and only reason to go 2.3 is to get the manual transmission. Nothing else... IMHO 😎🤙🏼

Good luck
Mike
DAMMIT. You got me cross eyed now lol
 

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Bingo! Spot on…..I feel that those here and on Fakebook praising the 2.3 are doing so to justify their choice in the smaller engine…….I’ve test driven both and would never go with the lesser engine.
And people want to justify spending a thousand or so more for a 6cyl, or even more if having to go auto to get the 6cyl. People want to justify paying for locking diffs, and other stuff for which arguably they have little real use.

I mean if you want to go down that path, half the people here are probably trying to justify buying a pavement compromised off-road geared vehicle, that they will never much take off-road! :) It's a big mind *&^%!
 

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Bingo! Spot on…..I feel that those here and on Fakebook praising the 2.3 are doing so to justify their choice in the smaller engine…….
That's exactly how I feel about the 2.7 crowd, still trying to justify paying extra.
 

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I was so unimpressed with the 2.3 with the manual, it talked me into going 2.7. I'm sure each of us has a certain expectation and "feel" they expect so that is obviously a personal opinion. But one feature that doesn't exist with the 2.3 is the one-pedal driving which I look forward to on some obstacles.
What's funny is I had the opposite feeling. I drove a 2.7 4 door squatch, and drove a coworkers base 2 door manual with 34's and much preferred the 4 cylinder with the manual... guess to each their own as you said. The 6 is obviously faster but the 4 has plenty of power for what it is (was actually more impressive than I expected) and is much more fun to drive. Plus i'm not buying a Bronco to win races @ lights. Prior to that, I was positive I was going to suck it up and pay the extra for the 6 and lose out on the manual.
 
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