Ford F-150 Raptor is the ultimate road-going vehicle thanks to its all-terrain tires and wide F-150 body. Its long-travel suspension makes it capable off-road and offers exceptional ride comfort. The Raptor’s twin-turbo V-6 engine produces 450 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Although its large dimensions make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, the Raptor can also easily roll over parking curbs. The Raptor’s capabilities are unmatched by full-size pickups. It is a mix of serious capability and pure dumb fun.
What’s new for 2020?
While the Raptor will remain unchanged for 2020, it still has updated adaptive Fox Racing dampers as well as minor trim changes for 2019. The Raptor’s new colors include Rapid Red, Lead Foot and Iconic Silver. The Raptor is one of the most expensive full-size pickups. The Raptor’s starting price is relatively low considering its versatility, breadth of performance, and the fact that it can be used in a variety of applications. We recommend the larger SuperCrew model for its spacious back seat. The optional 4.10:1 front axle and Torsen limited slip differential are also options. The Equipment Group 801A Middle, with its power-sliding rear windows, power-folding exterior mirrors and blind-spot monitoring, makes it a complete and affordable package.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
Ford has been putting twin-turbo V-6 engine in everything, from F-150s and GT supercars, so it is no surprise that Ford chose to power its high performance desert truck with one. Although the decision to ditch the Raptor’s V-8 engine might seem absurd to some, the truck’s twin-turbo V-6 of 450 horsepower is insane. Although the paddle-shift 10-speed automatic transmission is an excellent workhorse it can sometimes struggle to find the right gear. Ford’s pickup truck is a street-legal Trophy Truck. The pickup’s suspension is remarkable and allows for composed cruising on roads as well as incredible control when driving across the Mojave desert or flying over state-park dunes. The Raptor’s pothole-smoothing and family-transporting duality was so appealing that we bought one for our 40,000-mile test. The brake pedal responds equally to deceleration requests on pavement. The soft suspension can cause nose dive when you brake hard. It is more comforting to feel off-road where the large all-terrain tires and brakes are more effective.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Although the Raptor may seem like a heavy truck, it can tow up 8000 pounds and tow 1200 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Poor fuel economy doesn’t affect the Raptor’s unrivaled power and unparalleled capability. At least, not when compared to its thirsty crew. The Raptor’s EPA ratings are also comparable to V-8 competitors. The Raptor achieved 18 mpg highway in real-world testing. Only one competitor was better. The EPA figure was exceeded by no competitor, but the Nissan Titan and GMC Sierra 1500 were 3 mpg lower than theirs.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Raptor’s laid-back, comfortable interior contrasts with its masculine exterior. The Raptor’s basic form is utilitarian, but there are many options, such as heated or cooled front seats, leather seating surfaces and unique color options, that can give it a sense of luxury. The Raptor’s cargo bed, measuring 5.5 feet in length, is just as useful as its shorter-bed counterparts. It also has the most storage space of any rivals. The regular F-150 is a better option for those who need a longer bed and are able to load it more easily.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Raptor’s touchscreen infotainment system, Sync 3, is robust and simple to use. We’ve seen rivals that respond faster to our queries, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.