Ford Ranger Raptor Review Will Make You Want One Even More

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Ford has successfully duplicated the F-150 Raptor’s DNA in the Ranger Raptor. Too bad we still can’t buy one!

Life, as they say, isn’t always fair. And in fact, it can be downright cruel sometimes. This is especially troubling when we’re used to getting what we want, often instantly at the press of a button. Technology has truly spoiled us, to the point where we expect miracles. Sadly, however, Ford Motor Company doesn’t appear to care about catering to us U.S.-based fans salivating over the Ranger Raptor. Even though we’ve been using our loud shouty voices to try and convince them to bring it here.

Alas, it appears that no amount of kicking and screaming is going to make that dream a reality. At least for now. So we’re left watching and reading what our friends across the pond think about the new Ranger Raptor. Folks like YouTubers A Tribe Called Cars, who recently made the trek to Morocco to test out Ford’s latest sand kicker. The only problem with this is the fact that they liked it. A lot. And that only expands our own personal envy.

Ford Ranger Raptor

For starters, the Ranger Raptor rides as smoothly on road as it does off. Much like it’s big brother. “I think the most immediate thing you notice about driving this car is just how car-like it is,” our host says. “And that’s despite being a 3.3-ton beast with huge amounts of suspension travel, beefed up chassis, beefed up everything.”

Interestingly enough, however, our host does pine for a V8 a bit. “The 2.0 is a little weedy,” he notes. “For a car this big and this sort of beefy, you’d think it would have a V8. But the torque does make it effortless when you go off-road. And it builds speed pretty well on the road. And this will do around 30 miles per gallon, too.”

Ford Ranger Raptor

The host, who is from the U.K. also points out that most folks who hail from England won’t necessarily use the Ranger Raptor as intended. Which proves that mall crawlers aren’t just relegated to the U.S. No, the truck’s off-road capability is overkill for many. But unlike the base Ranger, the Raptor comes fully loaded out of the box. So no ticking option boxes to further raise the asking price.

But that’s the whole point of bringing these journalists to Morocco. So they could experience the Ranger Raptor doing what it does best. “It’s just been huge amounts of fun,” our host concludes. “Just chucking it through the dunes, driving on ridiculous terrain, trying to get it to jump. It’s just been genuinely pleasing.”

Ford Ranger Raptor

So, in a nutshell, the Ranger Raptor appears to be very much like its big brother, the F-150 Raptor, which means that it’s way more truck than most people will ever need. And that’s exactly why we love it so much.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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