i took a wealthy woman friend of mine for a ride in mine yesterday. the loved the refinement. love the ride, handling, stereo, etc. she may get one. she does not consider fords. she does now. ford got the 2011 right. it IS too quiet and a bit souless like you say. my 96 has far more character. i then took her on a 95 percent 1st - 4th acceleration. powershifted it. 0-100 in a block and a half. that sold her on the car. if you want more soul in the car add an x-pipe, catback, and remove the sound dampener inside the firewall. i assure you mine has soul, fire, power.