2017 Ford Raptor
There are very few trucks that can claim that title of “beast” but this is definitely one of them. The 2017 Ford Raptor now offers a 3.5L twin turbo V-6 motor, putting out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time is estimated at the low 5 second range. For a truck weighing close to 6,000 pounds, that is a very impressive number. The 3.5L twin turbo is a very capable engine. The twin turbo set-up works really well, we found little to no turbo lag due to the new cooling technology. When you mix it with the smooth shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, the new Raptor gains more numbers in the gas mileage market. The marketed range is 18 mpg on the freeway and 15 in the city. We averaged 15 mpg, and this was with driving it pretty hard. But you don’t buy a Ford Raptor for the gas mileage, you buy a Ford Raptor for it’s off-road capabilities. We did discover the 107 mph speed limitations, but how often do you really need to go over 100 mph?
Most people have a hard time getting the uniqueness of a Raptor, but if you have ever driven one, you know exactly what we are talking about. The Ford Raptor is an off-road truck, and we don’t mean hopping a curb, we mean driving through desert sand dunes at 40 mph and still remain in one piece. This is one capable truck. With the 3” Fox racing shocks, it certainly pushes the truck’s capabilities above and beyond.
The ride quality was impressive and the interior cabin was equipped with very roomy and comfortable seats. The dash styling was very nice with the carbon fiber and leather detail mix. Inside the truck, features several car charging ports and an actual 110 volt outlet for additional devices. Some of the other notable features we quickly became fans of, were the side lights, which send a light to the side of the truck, so if you are stopped you get a clear idea of what is next to you. The LED lights in the truck bed are a very nice touch as well. Thumbing through the vehicle’s driving menus you also come across a number of presets for how the engine performs, depending on the terrain you face. It even has a Baja mode!
Our model featured remote start capabilities and a remote let down tail gate which was pretty cool, (although you still have to close it manually). Yes, the new 2017 Ford Raptor is an awesome truck. The base models start at $49,520 with our review truck just tipping over the $70,000 mark, whew! Our’s featured four full doors, with seating for five. The rear seats fold upward to expose a fully usable ground area in case you need additional storage. Navigation included the new Sync system with Apple Play & Android Auto. The sound system was very pleasing as well, the music had enough bass that wasn’t overpowering with the overall sound winning a thumbs up, especially for an off-road truck. Another cool new feature is the panoramic sunroof which is an awesome feature for those nights you want to chill in the truck cabin with the windows up and still get a nice sky view.
Although the new V6 system doesn’t have the same growl as the previous V8 models, it makes up for it by acceleration and gas mileage. As you can tell, I was a big fan of the new Raptor, and I am not typically a truck guy. I will choose an SUV over a truck any day, it’s way more useful and usable to me, but the Raptor did make me a believer. If I was going to purchase a truck, it would definitely, hands down be a Raptor. There is no other truck that really compares to the abilities, features, and the aggressive, yet stylish look of a Raptor, and it’s fun to drive!