I won’t soon forget my first ride as a passenger in the Raptor. We were at our annual Truck Rodeo and Ford brought along a driver to give passengers a thrill in the truck doing laps across an empty field. This field became the driver’s racetrack and I am pretty sure we were sailing through the air by turn two!
How much fun can be found in one truck? The 2017 Ford Raptor is all that you can imagine a truck should be. With its former awesomeness what more was added? How about a new engine?! Engineers catered to the little kid in all of us. You know, the one that made the ‘Va-room’ sounds as he/she made the truck fly through the air? The powerful exhaust system makes those sounds for you now.
The Ford Raptor has a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine that produces 450 hp and 510 ft-lbs of torque with a 10-speed automatic smooth shifting transmission that is standard on all Raptors.
Indeed this truck was made to make all your childhood dreams come true….able to travel through bumps and jumps in a single bound or race in the Baja 1000 (and by the way, there is a “Baja” driving mode). It was definitely a tough vehicle to drive from ‘Point A to Point B’ in, because in the Raptor, there was no ‘A’ or ‘B,’ just the desire to carve your own path.
Visually speaking, the Raptor has been described as an F-150 on “steroids.” It definitely has dramatic visual appeal, it is wider than a standard F-150,(seven feet wide), it gained a couple of inches in height, and the Raptor allows for bigger tires. It does keep its signature LEDs, and the conventional black lettering ‘Ford’ stamped across the mesh grille.
With so much power and capability one must stop and notice that one flaw. Fuel economy. The 2017 Raptor achieves a mere 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. That’s it. That’s about all you can hope for, but hey, it is worth every cent for the solid shifts and the five seconds it takes to reach 60 mph.
The interior of the Ford Raptor is typical of that of the F-150. I love that Ford gave a colorful stripe of leather on the steering wheel at 12 o’clock. It’s a fun and useful touch that lets you know exactly where you’re at when thrashing around whatever field, parking lot, or mud hole you find yourself in. No matter how much you limit yourself, you will be turning heads in this truck, even if it is just a vacant parking lot.
Soft touch plastics are used throughout the cabin. Front seats are comfortable with a side bolstering that makes you feel secure. Rear passengers you are on your own. If you’re in a Raptor, you want to be in the front seat, preferably the driver’s seat!
The Raptor has Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system. It is user-friendly with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and clear graphics. The radio and climate control knobs are over-sized and unrivaled. Voice commands are simple using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, including voice composed text messages.
The Raptor comes equipped with a Sony audio system delivering a well-defined listening experience.
Performance and off-road, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sport truck comparable to the Ford Raptor.
The 2017 Ford Raptor 4×4 SuperCab that I test drove with the added Technology package as well as other added options totaled $61,685. (The base price was $48,325 so you can see how quickly these options add up). Whatever the ticket price, I talked to my local dealership and they cannot keep them in their inventory, so if you see one, test drive it while you have the chance. Just try to keep it on the road 🙂