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These are some of the first reviews by auto journalist.

Although the four-pot emits a less-than-invigorating thrum and is easier to catch off boost, particularly with the manual, it only gives up 30 horses to the V-6.


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Both engines provide adequate response and low-end torque once geared down in four-low, but the 2.3-liter needs time for the turbo to wind up in daily driving.


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The rest of the transmission's gearing is excessively tall, and we had to change gears later than we normally would lest low revs magnify whatever turbo lag the 2.3-liter engine exhibits. As we charged up the steep inclines that give Texas Hill Country its name, we found we often had to downshift to fifth or fourth to maintain our mile-a-minute pace.


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The clutch is somewhat vague, which combined with the 2.3's less-predictable throttle tuning made for a rather disappointing experience.


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The 2.3-liter turbo-four seems to have enough grunt on paper, but it felt a bit sluggish in spots, especially when climbing a grade. I found myself downshifting more than I expected to, and it wasn’t until I hit some open highway late in the drive that I found myself using fifth and sixth gears. I wonder how the four-cylinder can handle the extra weight of the four-door – and how it works in concert with the 10-speed, regardless of door count.


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The 2.3-liter turbocharged engine definitely needs boost to have any amount of low-end torque. Starting off in first gear, I found myself lugging the engine a bit as the motor began building boost, taking a moment to accelerate out of the hole.


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I went with the Bronco my id would want: a loaded, red, two-door Badlands trim model with a seven-speed manual transmission (only available with the smaller but still capable 2.3-liter inline-four engine). It was not the ideal choice for Austin, which was much hillier than I anticipated


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Didn’t want to double post but here’s a link to my initial test drive impressions of the 2.3/7MT in a 4dr Badlands:

https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/threads/4dr-badlands-2-3-7mt-test-drive-report.19079/
Hypothetically speaking, would a 45hp/60tq bump for the 2.3 be an adequate/noticeable enough difference to make it feel “fast” or at least sufficient?
Those are the numbers the fp tuner gives the ranger and I’m hopeful for similar numbers for the Bronco.
 

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Hypothetically speaking, would a 45hp/60tq bump for the 2.3 be an adequate/noticeable enough difference to make it feel “fast” or at least sufficient?
Those are the numbers the fp tuner gives the ranger and I’m hopeful for similar numbers for the Bronco.
I would think that depends on where that extra grunt comes in the rev range. If it's all late, you're still gonna have the lag issue accelerating and shifting that seems to be what most of the review complaints are about.
 

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HP seems mid to top, torque is low to mid, which I think will help a lot. Other tuners have pulled bigger numbers, but the fp is covered under warranty, which is why I’m looking at this option.
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Hypothetically speaking, would a 45hp/60tq bump for the 2.3 be an adequate/noticeable enough difference to make it feel “fast” or at least sufficient?
Those are the numbers the fp tuner gives the ranger and I’m hopeful for similar numbers for the Bronco.
It definitely wouldn’t hurt, only thing I’d be concerned with at that point is if the factory clutch can handle the added power without slipping under high load scenarios. If so, will probably be a popular option. If you have to wait for a clutch upgrade...maybe not so much. Time will tell I suppose!

The few negatives I found don’t dissuade me at all from the manual. It’s worth it to me regardless. And I’ll probably end up tuning my eventual ManSquatch anyways. I can’t leave any of my vehicles stock
 

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These are some of the first reviews by auto journalist.

Although the four-pot emits a less-than-invigorating thrum and is easier to catch off boost, particularly with the manual, it only gives up 30 horses to the V-6.


CAR and DRIVER





Both engines provide adequate response and low-end torque once geared down in four-low, but the 2.3-liter needs time for the turbo to wind up in daily driving.


HAGERTY





The rest of the transmission's gearing is excessively tall, and we had to change gears later than we normally would lest low revs magnify whatever turbo lag the 2.3-liter engine exhibits. As we charged up the steep inclines that give Texas Hill Country its name, we found we often had to downshift to fifth or fourth to maintain our mile-a-minute pace.


MOTORTREND





The clutch is somewhat vague, which combined with the 2.3's less-predictable throttle tuning made for a rather disappointing experience.


motor1





The 2.3-liter turbo-four seems to have enough grunt on paper, but it felt a bit sluggish in spots, especially when climbing a grade. I found myself downshifting more than I expected to, and it wasn’t until I hit some open highway late in the drive that I found myself using fifth and sixth gears. I wonder how the four-cylinder can handle the extra weight of the four-door – and how it works in concert with the 10-speed, regardless of door count.


The Truth About Cars





The 2.3-liter turbocharged engine definitely needs boost to have any amount of low-end torque. Starting off in first gear, I found myself lugging the engine a bit as the motor began building boost, taking a moment to accelerate out of the hole.


jalopnik





I went with the Bronco my id would want: a loaded, red, two-door Badlands trim model with a seven-speed manual transmission (only available with the smaller but still capable 2.3-liter inline-four engine). It was not the ideal choice for Austin, which was much hillier than I anticipated


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Mods can take care of that, and tuning can eliminate a lot of the issue as well, speed things up quite a bit. Not saying 100% eliminated, but definitely make a difference
 
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