2019 F-150 Raptor 4x4: A Closer Look at This Beast
A performance turn-key off roader; just gas and go!
Anyone wanting a true off-road truck doesn't have to build from a parts kit anymore. The Ford Raptor rolls off the showroom floor with all the equipment you need, done right, and with a factory warranty.
The starting price of $55,840 is a bargain. Naturally, there are options that raise the total tab, and that was the case on this truck. Many are luxury items we really do not need, but as always, that is up to the end buyer to decide.
Under the hood, the 3.5 EcoBoost is found. Pumping up the turbo has raised horsepower to 450, and plenty of torque, 510 lb./ft. at 3500 rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 15/18 mpg.
These huge LT315/70R17 tires provide excellent traction off the pavement. These 17-inch alloy wheels are a hefty $1,895 option.
This Raptor decal will let onlookers know this is not a common F-150 truck. It is part of a graphics package that will cost $1,075.
The core of any off-road machine revolves around the shocks, and these adjustable units are outstanding, as well as expensive.
The Raptor is a very wide truck, at 86.3 inches. Yes, it will fit into the local mechanical car wash but the average garage could be a different story.
Ground clearance is very generous, so clearing large rocks on the trail is not a problem.
The Raptor comes with a cavernous 36-gallon fuel tank. In the event the truck needs more, be warned the Easy Fill spout has an internal lock that prevents gas can nozzles or funnels from being inserted. That is why you need this adapter funnel, which is issued with each raptor. It is located in the spare tire tool kit. Make sure it is there, and do not lose it!
This knob provides four driving modes as well as a locking differential button.
The gauge cluster has an electronic compass to keep you from getting lost in rough country.
Off-road information is another handy tool for driving on rough trails.
These gauges come in handy when driving in hot desert weather.
Here is more off-road status information the driver might need.
The factory suggests tire pressures about 43/45 pounds for general use. This gauge allows you to keep it that way.
Driving on loose gravel roads with a 500-foot drop on the edge can be scary, but the traction of the Raptor is spot on.
The Raptor can take you places other trucks just won't go. In 300 miles of desolate desert driving, it never failed.
For help with service of your truck check out the how to section of Ford-Trucks.com