2019 Ford Raptor: The Swiss Army Knife of Trucks

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2019 Ford Raptor

The 2019 Ford Raptor is as special as a supercar, yet it packs enough practicality to make it good at everything.

After a comprehensive redesign for 2018, the 2019 Ford Raptor hasn’t changed a whole lot. Well, except for the addition of a very cool Trail Control function that acts essentially like an off-road cruise control. Still, it’s worth noting if the latest and greatest version of Ford’s Baja blaster is worth buying over a discounted 2018 model. And judging by Boston.com‘s recent review, it most certainly is.

Like most who test this enlarged pickup in urban centers, the reviewer did find the truck to be rather large for tight city streets. No surprise there. But that was, it turns out, their only gripe about the 2019 Ford Raptor. Outside of pointing out the Raptor’s “serious off-road gear,” there are some strong impressions here. Particularly with the “incredibly spacious” interior that’s “as useful as a Swiss Army knife.”

2019 Ford Raptor

The 3.5-liter Ecoboost powerplant made quite the impression as well, especially in the mid rpm range. “The mid-range acceleration on main roads and highways is where this truck really shines. Step on it anywhere between 20 and 50 miles per hour, and you can feel a rush of power that makes quick jumps to highway speeds.”

And it gets even better on unpaved roads, where Boston.com found the 2019 Ford Raptor to be a “monster.” But you’d hardly notice. “The specially designed Fox Racing Shox make rocky trails feel like paved roads,” they note.

2019 Ford Raptor

It’s all part of an impressive package that does what few vehicles can. That is, the 2019 Ford Raptor is just good at everything, much like a Swiss Army knife.

“Unlike a supercar, the Raptor is an extreme vehicle that’s actually practical. Its incredible utility means you can get places other trucks can’t, and in weather others won’t venture out into. And after all that, the Raptor is still fun, too.”

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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