It wasn't even that long ago (1992) when I got a 1990 Montero and was impressed by the 150hp 3.0 motor.I've been saying for years now, when the base engine is 280-300 HP in budget trim trucks, we are living in the golden era for ICE vehicles.
If you went back to when I was in highschool and told me the average sedan/compact of the 2020s has 150-180HP 4 cylinder and the average truck was 350-450HP V6, I doubt I'd have believed it.
Running around in my 130hp V6 with 3 speed automatic.
Then in 1999 I sold the Monty and got a Ford Ranger 2wd with the 3.0 flex-fuel engine. Again, around 150hp and I never really felt like it was lacking in power. I even pulled a cargo trailer from Denver to Laramie, WY when I moved there for school in 2000.
Of course, I should add that both of those vehicles had manual transmissions instead of power-sucking slushboxes so that has to be taken into account as well. When manual transmissions were "standard" you could do just fine with 150hp.