F-150 Raptor Keeps Racking Up Accolades
The exterior size of the F-150 Raptor might create some issues, but its advantage shine through in this review.
The Ford F-150 Raptor is, without question, the most off-road-capable half-ton truck on sale today while staking a very legitimate claim as the most off-road-capable factory truck ever. Although this high performance pickup has been on the market for a while now, it is still being reviewed with glowing results by journalists around the country.
One of the recent reviews of the F-150 Raptor comes from Boston.com, where reviewer George Kennedy had some concerns about the truck, but in the end, this is another writer who is wowed by the 450-horsepower beast.
The Biggest Truck
The reviewer starts off by addressing the exterior design of the Raptor, mentioning that it is the widest truck in the half-ton segment, measuring more than 7-feet wide at the wheels. In fact, as a result of being more than 80-inches wide, the Raptor has marker lights in the grille similar to those used on big rigs. This a humorous reminder of how wide the truck actually is, but the added lights prove to be a nice styling upgrade for the Raptor.
Kennedy also points out some key exterior features of the package, including the steel front bumper, the skid plate under the front end, the bed step, the high performance Fox shocks and the off-road-ready tires.
On the inside, Kennedy isn’t all that impressed with the layout of the Raptor, stating that it “features a function-first interior that isn’t much to look at, but it’s as useful as a Swiss Army knife.” He praises the many storage compartments, power outlets and USB ports, Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system and the accessibility of Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Finally, Kennedy seems to like the fold-up rear seats, revealing more cargo compartments and the ability to contain large items in the safety of the cabin.
After talking about the unique exterior design and the functionality of the cabin, Kennedy turns his focus to the driving dynamics of the Ford F-150 Raptor. He talks up the 450-horsepower EcoBoost, pointing out where it differs from a V8 and where it is at its best, claiming that “acceleration is strong, and though it doesn’t necessarily have the same “lurch” of a V8, the mid-range acceleration on main roads and highways is where this truck really shines.” He added that if you “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.”
Kennedy doesn’t have many bad things to say about the Raptor, but he does point out that the width can be a problem on tight trails and in close confines, turning this F-150 around can be tough. At the same time, he points out that all of the cameras around the exterior make maneuvering in close confines much safer.
In the end, Kennedy’s final statement in his review of the Raptor says it all:
“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.”