2017 Ford Raptor Review


The Facts:

Base Price: $51,080

Engine: Twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6

Horsepower: 450 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque: 510 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

Transmission: 10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Curb Weight: 5650 lb

0-60: 5.2 sec

MPG: 15 City 18 Highway

Ridiculous… Ridiculous… Ridiculously Awesome!

This truck is just so ridiculous, and I love it for that. Every time I get into the Raptor I can’t help but get excited. With giant wheels, a racing strip steering wheel, laser guided cruise control, and a great sound system, what more could you want? Well, the Raptor put its money where its mouth is as it’s truly off-road ready. You can go straight from the dealership to the wilderness and be ready to go. There are other trucks that are made to look like they can handle the great outdoors, but lack in mechanical components. The Raptor is like a new turn-key home; it needs nothing more.

It Looks Like a Monster:

It just looks badass with FORD spelled across the grille in large, black letters. Couple that with its stunning LED lights and wide stance and you have yourself one mean looking truck. I think some people might shiver just looking at it. Don’t let its bold exterior fool you: the interior has as many options as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Heating and cooling seats, a 360-degree view camera and a premium Sony sound system make for one very enjoyable interior.

Did Someone Say 5.2 seconds 0-60!

The 6.2-liter V-8 that powered the last generation of Raptors is gone and replaced by a pumped-up version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, now with direct and port injection and 18 psi of boost. Its 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque easily beats the V-8’s output by 39 horsepower and 76 lb-ft, plus a weight savings of 404 pounds. Some people are very sad to see the V-8 go because of the engine note and that classic V-8 feel. I think the improved stats justify the change. I think the Raptor still sounds great with its V-6. It’s not going to roar like an eight cylinder, but the whistling sound of the turbos in the six makes up for it. Zero to sixty in 5.2 seconds doesn’t hurt either.

The Technology Is Everywhere:

There are so many buttons on the steering wheel and dashboard you feel like you’re piloting a 747. Thanks to all this technology, there are some pretty unique drive modes and towing aids. The various drive modes include Normal, Baja, Snow/Wet, Sport and Rock/Crawl. Each mode can alter things such as throttle response, 4WD operation and power distribution. The system is super easy to use and makes going off-road a breeze. In order to make sure you don’t dent your new Raptor off-road, Ford added a ton of cameras. In fact, I'm pretty sure this truck has more cameras than Fort Knox! If you want to view your right front tire, no problem: there’s a camera for that. My personal favorite feature is the laser guided cruise control which makes long road trips easy.

Why Raptor:

Ford has packed in a ton of technology, luxury features and true off-road capability in the 2017 Raptor. This tech comes at you from every angle; when you consider its high-output twin-turbocharged V-6, off-road tech and towing features, you simply won’t find a truck with more driving aids then this one. The Raptor is by far my favorite truck; it’s incredibly fast and instantly grabs everyone's attention. It’s everything a performance truck should be and more.

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