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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

three.5-liter turbocharged V6 (450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm; 510 lb-ft @ three,500 rpm)

10-speed automated, four-wheel drive

15 metropolis / 18 freeway / 16 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

15.6 metropolis, 13.2 freeway, 14.5 mixed. (NRCan Score, L/100km)

Base Worth: $49,520 (U.S) / $68,899 (Canada)

As Examined: $57,448 (U.S.) / $75,764 (Canada)

Costs embody $1,195 vacation spot cost in the US and $1,800 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.

I groaned after I noticed the Ford Raptor on my press automobile schedule.

That’s as a result of vehicles and the a part of Chicago I stay in don’t combine nicely, essentially. Parking is a problem, streets are crowded, and miles-per-gallon figures are comically abysmal in metropolis visitors.

Within the Raptor’s case, I fearful I wouldn’t have the ability to use it the best way Ford meant: Off-road.

That mentioned, I do get the attraction of vehicles. Whether or not it’s the picture of toughness or the utility on supply, I perceive why so many individuals snap up pickups from seller heaps, particularly when fuel costs drop, even when most truck house owners by no means use them for his or her meant objective.

And after I put it by its paces (after which some), I get the attraction of the Raptor.

It in all probability helps that my Raptor take a look at truck got here in SuperCab guise. A five-and-a-half foot mattress and half-doors on the rear clearly shorten the truck, making it simpler to maneuver in city environs – I squeezed it into a decent parking spot whereas operating errands, and did so with out a lot in the best way of any Austin Powers-like efforts.

Ford presents one engine within the Raptor – a three.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Massive numbers, to make sure, however among the acceleration promised by such numbers is hampered by the car’s 5,525-pound curb weight. The 10-speed automated does its job quietly, whereas the engine snarls like a V8 when the throttle is pressed.

On-road, the truck rides and handles like, nicely, a truck, however regardless of all of the off-road goodies, it doesn’t journey or deal with any worse than different full-size pickups with four-wheel drive. A protracted freeway jaunt confirmed the Raptor to be stiff at occasions however largely nice.

2017 Ford Raptor

These off-road goodies embody off-road shocks, off-road tires, elevated suspension journey and journey peak, and a model-exclusive high-strength metal field body. The shock canisters are three inches in diameter, up from 2.5 inches earlier than, and wheel journey is up zero.eight inches up entrance and 1.9 inches within the rear (taking it to 13 inches up entrance and 13.9 inches out again). There are, after all, skid plates.

You possibly can examine my backwoods misadventures right here, however a fast recap: I bought caught in muck however good, and it occurred a number of occasions. Regardless of that, I got here away impressed with the truck’s off-road capabilities. As soon as I discovered what I used to be doing, it made for companion on the paths, and I drove it house none the more severe for put on – it took a little bit of a beating and shrugged it off. Nonetheless, I can’t assist however assume this truck is greatest suited to blasting over sand dunes and catching air. Sand dunes, nevertheless, are in brief provide in my a part of these United States.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The within is appointed nicely sufficient and lots roomy. Massive is the theme – there are massive knobs for the radio, for the local weather controls, for the four-wheel drive selector, for the towing adjuster. There’s additionally plentiful space for storing due to a deep console and a big storage space in entrance of the shifter. There’s no scarcity of cupholders, both.

The gauges are massive, too, and straightforward to learn. An data display screen situated in between them is helpful. Transferring over to the infotainment display screen, you’ve bought Ford’s Sync system, which many people like to hate however has been a lot improved over time, and Apple CarPlay is obtainable.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

When you prefer to festoon your truck with equipment comparable to mild bars, there are six auxiliary switches mounted on the headliner. They didn’t seem like wired to something, however flicking them made me really feel like a cop getting ready to pounce on a speeder.

To the shock of nobody, the Raptor’s exterior styling is aggressive, with an in-your-face grille. The raised journey peak does nothing to curb the aggression. You aren’t going wherever in subtlety right here.

As with most vehicles, the largest flaw right here is gasoline economic system. Ford lists the Raptor at 16 mpg mixed (15 metropolis/18 freeway), and whereas I didn’t measure it, I don’t assume I ever noticed greater than 14.5 mpg on the gauge cluster show. That got here after a protracted, light freeway drive. To be honest, after dropping the car off with a full tank, it nonetheless confirmed a spread of practically 400 miles – so, even with the low mpgs, you get a good cruising vary from the 23-gallon fuel tank.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

I admit it – I used to be ready to be irritated by the Raptor. Not hate it, precisely, however simply to spend per week utilizing it just for grocery getting, which might imply I’d be upset to not use it for what it’s constructed for. However not solely did it impress me off-road, which I kind of anticipated, it additionally proved exceptionally simple to daily-drive on-road, assuming you may stay with the comparatively excessive diploma of fuel guzzling.

Even the worth doesn’t make me blanch. This take a look at car had a base worth of $48,325, and with choices and costs got here to $57,448. These choices embody Sync, Sync Join, a power-sliding rear window, trailer help, navigation, spray-in bedliner, tailgate step (extraordinarily helpful and well worth the $375), auto begin/cease, and a four.10 entrance axle with Torsen differential. I’d in all probability skip the 2 graphics choices this tester got here with, which might save nearly $2,000 and permit the truck to higher mix into visitors.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Different normal or out there options included satellite tv for pc radio, power-adjustable pedals, and USB.

My take a look at car didn’t have the high-zoot choices bundle, which incorporates blind-spot monitoring, keyless beginning, and inflatable seatbelts. So, checking all of the bins might put you over the $60,000 mark.

Sure, practically $60Okay (or over, because the case could also be) for a truck feels like rather a lot, however while you notice you may get a Raptor for about the identical cash luxury-loaded “cowboy Cadillac” F-150 or Sierra Denali would set you again, it turns into rather more interesting.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Perhaps it’s the results of a bizarre man/machine bond that types after even the smallest of adventures, and perhaps I wouldn’t really feel so warmly in regards to the Raptor had I solely pushed it on pavement, however I gained’t groan the following time I see one on my car listing.

Joe Diffie makes good sense now.

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