I'll add my two cents to the debate.
I can appreciate the tech that goes into any kind of vehicle build whether I like the vehicle of the intended purpose or not.
I started out as a dedicated car and hot rod guy. Trucks and SUVs were great but I had no particular need for one.
Many years down the road two factors came into effect:
1) Population has grown to such an extent that the roads are taking a beating.
Up here near Boston there are three kinds of roads: The kind that has bad surface and potholes, the kind that is undergoing repairs to fix the bad surface and potholes, and the kind that has just been repaired - and will need to be done again in two or three years.
I had an 86 5.0 5spd Mustang. Rebuilt the suspension top to bottom. Got trashed within six months, of course that was cuz I was going through Boston while The Big Dig was in progress
2) Other factor is - most cars these days just don't have the weight and traction to handle snow anymore. Remember - a few decades back the only people driving trucks were people that used them for work. Everyone got by driving big heavy cars and they went just fine in the winter.
So, when it came time for my next vehicle I started looking at SUVs. I get a vehicle that's pretty much "car" on the inside. It can handle our Boston roads that are closer to "offroads" and it can drive through the snow.
Got the first one back in 2000, a 93 5.2 LTD. I don't know about you but I never once got in a stock vehicle and thought "it's just fine as it is, it doesn't need any improvements"
Now I own four 5.9s including the SCd 5spd and none of them are offroad builds. (and I still have the 93 as my DD)
One in particular is going to be a real street rod. I'm going 2WD with it and it's undergoing extensive lightening. It'll be a good weather hot rod so I'm not concerned about 4WD on that one.
BTW - I know there are at least two people that have the 5.9s running in the tens in the quarter.