Ford Raptor vs Roush F-150: Which Is Better?

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The Raptor has enjoyed its place atop the F-150 hill for a while now. But has that time finally come to an end?

By now, you already know that the Ford Raptor is a pretty amazing vehicle. It’s also probably the most hyped truck on the planet. Yet, all that positive press is well-deserved, because no other factory-built (and few tuner-built) pickups can hang with the Raptor. But when Roush, one of the most legendary names in Ford performance, builds their own version of the F-150, you have to wonder. Is it enough to reclaim the crown as the ultimate F-150?

Well, we weren’t the only ones asking that question. The guys at Town and Country TV thought the same thing. And they just so happen to sell both trucks, so why not line them up and do an in-depth comparison? At first, comparing a tuner truck with a factory-built rig seems a bit odd. But these two trucks share a lot of similarities – Fox shocks, aggressive styling, and enhanced off-road ability. But there is one major difference between the Roush and the Raptor that represents a make or break scenario for many folks.

Ford Raptor and Roush F-150

That difference, of course, is what lies under the hood. While the Raptor famously uses an Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 for power, the Roush comes with Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8. But depending on what equipment you choose, pricing is about the same. One major advantage of opting for the Roush is that it’s built on an XLT chassis, so it qualifies for XLT rebates. The Raptor, on the other hand, often sports dealer-imposed markups. In this case, that adds up to a whopping $12,000 savings.

Which just happens to be enough dough to buy a supercharger for your Roush, upping output to a Raptor-crushing 650 ponies. Throw in an active exhaust, and this decision seems surprisingly easy. Especially if you’re a die-hard V8 guy!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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