2014 Ford Raptor versus 1968 Ford Bronco

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It’s hard to compare between old and ancient technology over the latest and greatest. However, we’re always curious if old was really as good as we remember or if new is really as good as we think it is.

The best way is to take the equivalent and put them to the test in the environments they were designed for. That’s exactly what The Fast Lane Truck did by comparing a 1968 Bronco to a 2014 Raptor.

TFLtruck starts out with a 1968 Half-Cab, which uses a 289-cubic inch V8, three-speed column shifter, and manual locking hubs.

It’s about as raw as you can get for off-roading and many people like that. It makes them feel like they are more at one with the truck over the power gizmos of newer trucks.

The 2014 Raptor, on the other hand, is that gizmo’d out truck people clamor for. It uses an automatic shifting transmission and transfer case that even locks the differentials with a pull of the 4WD switch.

It also sports a 6.2-liter V8 that probably puts our more than double that the 289 can put out, even in its hay-day.

Two of the advantages of the Bronco are its narrower track and smaller size. This makes it a bit more nimble to get around some of the tighter trails that the Raptor would just be too big for. It’s also light-weight so the smaller V8 isn’t stressed out.

However, if you need to get over a huge obstacle or get out of an area that you need power, that’s where the Raptor wins out. That could be a big win considering how some of these off road trails have large rocks to crawl over.

So, which truck do you prefer? Old and steady or new and powerful?

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Justin Banner is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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