2017 F-150 vs 2017 Raptor – Build or Buy?

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As you may be aware, the 2017 Ford F-150 is due in dealerships any minute now (if not already there), and the same goes for the most-awaited truck for over two years—the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Both are excellent trucks in their own right. If you need a dependable workhorse to haul the family as well as a work trailer, the F-150 shines with its amazing versatility to fulfill both work and family truck roles. On the other hand, the Raptor is designed to simply be a badass, and tear up whatever road you may end up on. It’s purpose-built and nothing else.

While they’re both capable of accomplishing more than most people will ever demand of them, the difference in performance is vast. The F-150 offers the option of an EcoBoost or V8 engines, while the Raptor only offers the 6-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 450 horsepower. That being said, both trucks will sport the new 10-speed transmission, although the software tuning behind them will be quite different. Needless to say, the suspension setup between the two will be nothing alike.


Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is, the price. With SuperCrew F-150 3.5 liter EcoBoost starting at $35,360, and a base Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew starting at $51,310, it begs to ask the following question: Would you buy an EcoBoost or V8 F-150 and modify it to your liking, or would you simply shell out the bucks for a 2017 Raptor?

Think about it, you could buy an EcoBoost-powered F-150 and tune the stock turbo setup relatively easy, or you could also buy bolt-on upgrades for the V8-powered F-150.  When it comes to suspension, there are more than a hundred aftermarket options that could deliver the same, if not better performance than a Raptor’s stock Fox suspension.

So there you have it. Do you buy an F-150 and go shopping (and possibly spend more money on non-warrantied parts), or do you forget the hassle and buy a 2017 Ford Raptor?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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