Is the Ford Raptor Really Three Trucks in One?

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Ford fan expertly justifies mega-popular truck’s hefty price tag.

Let’s face it, the 2017 Ford Raptor ain’t cheap. If you’re lucky enough to find a bare-bones base model, you’re still going to pay close to 50 grand. Add in some options, and you’re midway to seventy. That’s a lot of coin for a truck, but you’re getting a lot of truck here. And, on his popular Youtube channel, Doug DeMuro, formerly of Jalopnik fame and currently with Autotrader, reckons that it’s worth every penny.

Well, for starters, your hard-earned money buys you one of the most awesome-looking trucks on the road today. It’s bold, brash, mean, and in your face. And, oh yeah, it has a twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 pumping out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.

And when it comes to speed, the Raptor comes out on top there, too. With an industry-first 10-speed transmission backing it up, the 2017 Raptor does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. So you’re not just getting a truck, you’re getting a sports car as well. Two, two, two vehicles in one!

 

The Raptor is a vehicle that does virtually everything well, an incredible feat for something that is supposed to be off-road focused.

 

And as DeMuro points out, the Raptor’s off-road ability doesn’t just consist of some stupid stickers and empty promises. There is some real serious kit here, including a suspension capable of almost 14 inches of travel. But move inside, and luxury appointments abound. With things like lane keeping and radar cruise control to keep you safe while you are swaddled in leather. So, is the Raptor really three vehicles in one?

Throw in some cool kit, like the different driving modes (including Baja!), and pre-installed aftermarket light switches, and you’ve got a real bargain. The Raptor is, quite simply, not just a niche truck. It’s a vehicle that does virtually everything well, an incredible feat for something that is supposed to be off-road focused. And that makes it worth every penny of $50,000, $65,000, or whatever you pay for one.

 

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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