F-150 Raptor is ‘the Off-road Truck that Does It All,’ says Roadshow

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Neither cold Michigan winters or rough Detroit streets can stop the 2019 Raptor from being the right truck for all jobs.

The first thing one usually thinks of when it comes to the F-150 Raptor is how hardcore it is. Tons of power, plenty of off-road prowess, just add desert or sand dune.

Roadshow, though, found the Raptor capable of so much more than its reputation as a desert demon suggests. And what better way to prove it than taking the muscle truck through the rough roads of Detroit in the middle of a cold Michigan winter.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

The reviewer found the Raptor’s biggest improvement was the electronically adjustable shocks, which adjust in real time thanks to the truck’s array of computers. On the road, the Raptor provided “remarkably solid body control that provides a whole lot more confidence on the road,” avoiding the usual trap of off-road specials whose softer suspension is great for climbing rocks, not so much for rounding curves.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Roadshow also heaped praise upon the Raptor’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and 10-speed automatic combo, allowing the truck to move like a linebacker across the gridiron despite the lack of two extra cylinders. The truck’s ability to be a truck, especially where towing and payload are concerned, impressed the reviewer, as well.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

As for the inside, the publication suggests Recaro seating as “a must-have upgrade if you’re regularly doing the sort of off-pavement adventures that’ll jostle you around in the standard seats.” They found the Sync 3 system to be a breeze to use, while finding the overall restrained use of technology in the tester a welcome change from the usual clutter of safety and info tech packages in other vehicles.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Overall, Roadshow says the Raptor is “a beast in every sense of the word,” from the immense power and tough looks, to the tons of utility it provides over other off-road specials. Their final verdict: “No matter your demand, the Raptor can handle it.”

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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