Are the 2019 Ford Raptor Updates Worth It?
Should you save money buying a leftover 2018, or is the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor worth the extra $2,200 MSRP?
If you are on the fence about getting a leftover 2018 Ford Raptor or ponying up or the latest 2019, we may have the answer. The base MSRP of next year’s ultimate F-150 jumps up $2,200 compared to last year. Though you get a few extra farkles, the bulk of that goes toward the Fox Shocks Live Valve active, adaptive shock absorbers that are standard on every 2019 Raptor.
Apart from the shocks, you also get a built in wi-fi hotspot in your truck for 2019, and the cruise control now allows you to set it to ultra-low speeds for use in off-road situations. The new Trail Control system can be set between 1.0 mph and 6.0 mph, in 0.5 mph increments, letting the truck creep along as you concentrate on steering a tough trail. You also now have the option of adding truck specific Recaro seats in your Raptor, which feature slightly deeper bolsters to keep you in place despite the bumps and jumps.
The new computer controlled shocks read the terrain and the truck, taking into account vehicle speed, throttle position, pitch, yaw, ride height, and more. The computer can tell what sort of road you are driving on, or if you are off road, or even if you are in the air, and adjust damping accordingly in a millisecond. The system is quick enough to adjust the shocks for softer landings while you are in mid air. Plus there are several different user selectable modes (including Jump Mode), though none of them are as soft and floaty as the old non-adaptive shocks.
So it seems the Ford F-150 Raptor is still above and beyond the competition’s offerings. Even the latest Ram Rebel 1500 and Chevy Colorado ZR2 are no match for the Raptor’s ability to go off-road at a high rate of speed across nearly any terrain.