Is the Ford F-150 Raptor the right truck for you? And what do you need to know to make sure you are getting the best truck for your buck?
The Ford F-150 Raptor is relatively “new” in the Ford truck lineup, introduced in 2010 and then upgraded in 2017 with a second-generation model, the Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the most sought after trucks in its size range because of all of the upgrades and features it comes with. The Ford F-150 Raptor is a very versatile truck that can carry you anywhere and everywhere. So, whether you need to simply transport to and from work, commute regularly on a fast-paced highway, or spend your weekends on the toughest off-roading terrain- the Raptor has you covered.
Now, many buyers doing initial truck-buying research will note that the Raptor comes with a comparatively high price tag compared other trucks in the same size range; it is important to note that this is because of the features that the truck is equipped with, such as its horsepower, and suspension and multi-terrain settings.
Today, we are going to address and unpack the question: What are some of the pros and cons of the Ford F-150 Raptor? And is the truck really the right truck for you?
Pros of the Ford F-150 Raptor:
1. Unmatched Horse Power
The Ford F-150 Raptor can go from 0-60 in what feels like no time. It’s 3.5L V6 Eco-Boost Engine is equipped with 450 horsepower and 510lb-ft of torque. With power travelling to all four wheels of the vehicle through a ten speed automatic transmission, the power on the Ford F-150 Raptor does not come up short.
2. Ideal Off-Roading Suspension
The 3-inch diameter FOX shocks that the Raptor is equipped with making the truck truly unique. As the shocks are fitted at all four corners there is an outstanding 13 inches of suspension travel in the front of the vehicle and 13.9 inches of travel in the back of the vehicle. The special shocks have unique valves and an internal bypass the continuously manages the shock force absorbed by the vehicle.
3. Wide Body
Compared to the F-150 the Ford F-150 Raptor is actually 6 inches broader which provides the vehicle with more stability both on the highway and on off-roading terrain as well as a beefier, sportier look.
Cons of the Ford F-150 Raptor
1. Not Ideal for Towing
While the Raptors shocks make it an ideal vehicle for off-roading, they slightly inhibit the towing capabilities of the truck. The raptor can tow a maximum of 8000lbs; however, it cannot carry more than 1200lbs of payload which means that with an approximately 800lb tongue weight the vehicle only has about 400lbs left to carry people and goods.
2. The V8 engine is a feature of the past
The New F-150 Raptor comes exclusively with the freshly updated 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo with high output. Although this may mean a new heart for the beast with a slightly different roar, Ford has stayed true to their vision of being Future Forward; Smaller, Faster, Lighter.
Overall the Ford F-150 Raptor is an absolutely outstanding vehicle; it’s eye-catching and has the mechanics to back it up. However, the Raptor is not right for everyone. If you are an avid off-roader or someone searching for a truck with a little extra speed, then the Raptor is perfect for you and you will realize that it is worth the extra investment!