^^^^^^^^^^^^ ... My sentiments exactly! ! ! !One of the vehicles I test-drove when shopping was the Ford Explorer SportTrac. The one I drove had the V8, and I have to say, the torque was really really nice. Merging onto the highway was effortless.
I now have a V8 in the Lexus, and the torque is still addictive. But the 13.5 mpg is not.
How to get lots of torque in a fuel-efficient package? Hmm. Something like a turbo-diesel, perhaps.