It makes way better power than the 4.0 in the Jeep. Better than the 4.3 Vortec as well. However, you're right. The 5.3, 5.9 or diesel would all be better choices. If they made a good smaller diesel I'd be all over it, but people talk about a Rabbit engine? Seriously? That thing is tiny. I would rather try to squeeze a 10L diesel engine into my bay than put a 1.8 that won't be any better than the 4.0.
You're talking about the 4.3 Vortec. The 4.2 is an I6 and it's got a lot of guts. The 4.3 V6 isn't an upgrade from the 4.0 I6 - it makes the same amount of power, gets the same gas mileage, and yes, it's less durable.
I have the 4.3L in my '88 Sea Ray. It was originally rated for 165HP. Definitely not an upgrade IMO. For the 2.5 guys, maybe. Not from a 4.0 though.
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