Be glad you got the Ranger instead of the V8 Dakota, they're bigger and heavier, worse gas mileage, and your Ranger will outrun the 5.2 and at least keep up with the 5.9. I tried them both out before buying my 99 Ranger, and got it for that reason. My SOHC will outrun the 99, so no doubt about it vs. the 5.2. I think what sells them is the V8 emblem on the fender. What embarasses them is a good Ranger.
Look at my sig, I'VE got the 4x4 extended cab. The guy I ran had a 5.2 RT 4x2. I've never raced a 5.9 side by side, just behind them from stop light to stop light where they can't pull me. And you can't compare the 3.0 with 150 hp to the OHC engine with 207. And I'm not too sure about the EPA stuff when it comes to Rangers. The Explorer with the V8 gets the same or better gas mileage than the Ranger with the 4.0
Cheers, and have a good day!