Stock 2018 Raptor Versus Modified 2015 F-150 XLT in Value Battle
Raptor is a far better truck, but is it twice as good as the modified F-150 that costs half as much?
The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is unquestionably the most capable half-ton truck sold in the United States, combining premium interior features with unrivaled pickup performance. The Raptor can be favorably compared to any truck in the segment in terms of performance and features, but when you bring price into account, the story can change.
That is the premise of this video from the AutoVlog YouTube channel, as host Michael Vaim compares a stock 2018 Raptor to a modified 2015 F-150 XLT. With modifications, the 2015 truck cost about half that of the Raptor, but which does the he like more? The answer might surprise you.
The video begins with Vaim introducing us to each of the Ford trucks featured in the video. One is a 2018 Raptor that serves as his wife’s current daily driver. The other is a 2015 F-150 XLT that was previously his wife’s daily driver before she upgraded to the Raptor, but this truck has since become his daily driver.
The new Raptor is stock, but it is loaded inside and out. This includes all of the Raptor-specific exterior goodies, the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 10-speed automatic transmission and a luxurious cabin with just about every gadget that you could want. The Raptor has a heated steering wheel, cooled and heated leather seats, the SYNC3 infotainment system, the big driver information screen, the drive mode system, power everything, huge glass roof, big paddle shifters and an assortment of safety gadgets.
The 2015 Ford truck is powered by the 5.0-liter V8, offering 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque in stock form, but this truck has an aftermarket cold air intake system and a Borla Atak exhaust system which might work together to add a few extra ponies. However, this truck is still well short of the Raptor in terms of power.
Along the same lines, the XLT doesn’t offer most of the interior gadgets of the Raptor. It has cloth seats, no heated steering wheel, no cooled seats and no fancy gauge cluster, but it does have a premium infotainment system and a power rear sliding rear window.
In other words, the F-150 XLT is short on power and short on features, but the drive is where the difference is best experienced.
Vaim drives the Raptor and then his modified truck, and while he loves the ride and power delivery of the Raptor, he focuses on the fact that his 2015 with the V8 just sounds like a high performance truck should. He complains that his modified truck rides too stiff while the Raptor rides like a dream and his 2015 lacks all of the interior comforts, but when it comes to a dollar-for-dollar comparison, he prefers his modified 2015 over the new Raptor.
On the other hand, his wife prefers her pavement princess Raptor for its comfortable ride, quieter exhaust and premium features and anyone who is married knows that when the wife is happy, the guy is happy.