Is Ford Competitive in the Sub-Raptor Fun Truck Category?

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Everyone loves the Raptor, but the competition is advancing with fun off-road trucks that aren’t as cool or intense but come with a cheaper price.

The Ford Raptor is one of my favorite vehicles. I’d buy a new one in a heartbeat. But if you don’t want to pay Raptor prices, the next step down is a FX4-packaged F-150. Between them is the Ram Rebel, new GMC Sierra AT4, and Silverado Trail Boss.

While those vehicles might not be able to blast across the dunes in Baja at 100 mph, they are extremely capable trucks with lower MSRPs. Although it’s obvious that Ford is the best when it comes to making trucks, it’s a bit surprising that the Blue Oval hasn’t made a trim of F-150 that slots between FX4 and Raptor.

That’s not to say that FX4 isn’t capable — it is. But if you compare its performance off-road with that of the Rebel, the FX4 falls behind.

With the new Ranger, even though we aren’t getting a Ranger Raptor, Ford assures us that the FX4 trim is unlike the FX4 trim on F-150. It’s expected to be much closer to Rebel and Trail Boss than the FX4 package on the F-150.

 

I’m excited for the Ranger, and if the FX4 Ranger is really good, it’ll soothe the pain of not getting the Raptor version. But there’s a gap in the F-150 that needs to be filled.

 

The obvious downside here is that we’re talking about the Ranger and not the F-150. I’m excited for the Ranger, and if the FX4 Ranger is really good, it’ll soothe the pain of not getting the Raptor version. But there’s a gap in the F-150 that needs to be filled.

Nobody has driven the AT4 Sierra yet, and the new Silverado Trail Boss is on its way. But the Rebel is now in its second generation and is better than it ever was before.

What do you think? I know a lot of you would like Raptors but may be put off by the cost of entry. Would a truck with 60-70% of the capability be something you’d be interested in if it was a bit less expensive?

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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