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Finance We drove a $63,000 Ford Raptor pickup truck for a week and were blown away — here are the features that impressed us the most (F)

The Ford Raptor is the pickup truck taken to a wild extreme.

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Truck yeah.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

  • The Ford Raptor is the ultra-intense, high-performance version of Ford's F-150 full-size pickup.
  • It's ready for off-road action and has many cool features.
  • We checked out most of them.


The Ford Raptor is the pickup truck taken to a wild extreme.

It's the pickup member of the Ford Performance lineup, a family 0f vehicles that includes the 526-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT350 and the $400,000 Ford GT supercar.

And it's a truck designed to bust through deserts, forests, and rock-strewn landscapes. As we found out when we reviewed it last year, it can also handle road trip duty.

We drove the $62,500 test vehicle for about a week and discovered that it is a simply awesome truck, in every way. Here's a look at its best features:

Bold, aggressive, borderline intimidating styling.

First up, the mighty Raptor! Based on the F-150 full-size pickup, the Raptor is part of the Ford Performance division. play

First up, the mighty Raptor! Based on the F-150 full-size pickup, the Raptor is part of the Ford Performance division.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

You can kind of see the F-150 that lives beneath the Raptor's swagger. But just barely.

The Raptor ain't cheap. Our tester tipped the cost scales at a nicely optioned $62,500.



Cool Raptor badging.

There's Raptor badging on the liftgate. play

There's Raptor badging on the liftgate.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

If you look closely, you can see that the Raptor has claws for "R's."



Who needs a dainty blue Ford oval on the grille when you spell out F-O-R-D in huge matte black letters?

Who needs a dainty blue Ford oval on the grille when you spell out F-O-R-D in huge matte black letters? play

Who needs a dainty blue Ford oval on the grille when you spell out F-O-R-D in huge matte black letters?

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

There's a 450-horsepower, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6, with a whopping 510 pound-feet of torque, behind those menacing consonants and a vowel.



A reasonably ample bed.

The bed was plenty large in my test truck. Sadly, I didn't to use it to haul anything more serious than some camping gear. play

The bed was plenty large in my test truck. Sadly, I didn't to use it to haul anything more serious than some camping gear.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

The 5.5-foot box is the smallest available on a Ford full-size pickup, but carrying capacity isn't really what the Raptor is all about. As long as you can get a dirt bike back there, you're good to go. You will have to wedge it in diagonally, however. It is of course possible to carry bikes with the tailgate down.

Drivers who are heading off-road will appreciate the Raptors more compact rear end — it makes the truck easier to sling around when the pavement ends.



Big old knobby all-terrain tires.

Some seriously large offroading tires, backed up by equally serious shocks. play

Some seriously large offroading tires, backed up by equally serious shocks.

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The BFGoodrich all-terrain tires were designed specifically to work with the Raptor's frame and suspension.



Serious shocks.

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Serious shocks.

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The shocks are specially designed FOX racing spec. They allow the front and rear suspensions to move up and down down more than a foot, according to Ford. That's enough to manage serious off-road punishment. But according to Ford, they can also smooth out the ride on traditional tarmac.



Suicide doors!

Our SuperCab Raptor had "suicide doors" and a relatively comfortable interior, with some sporty touches. play

Our SuperCab Raptor had "suicide doors" and a relatively comfortable interior, with some sporty touches.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

Our 2017 model Raptor was a "Supercab" trim level. So the rear doors open in the opposite direction as the fronts.

Somehow, this just seems much cooler than a Crewcab configuration.



A stout 10-speed automatic transmission.

The center console is based on the F-150's and provides ample storage, with of course a few cupholders and charging ports. play

The center console is based on the F-150's and provides ample storage, with of course a few cupholders and charging ports.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

The 10-speed is slick shifting and can be switched over the manual paddle-shifter mode, for more direct input into the driving experience.

The 0-60 mph run happens in five seconds.



The paddles are BIG. They actually reminded me of the paddles on a Ferrari.

The paddles are BIG. They actually reminded me of the paddles on a Ferrari. play

The paddles are BIG. They actually reminded me of the paddles on a Ferrari.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)


Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system.

I like Sync 3 — it's the best infotainment system Ford has produced. Everything from audio to navigation and Bluetooth pairing is simple. play

I like Sync 3 — it's the best infotainment system Ford has produced. Everything from audio to navigation and Bluetooth pairing is simple.

(Matthew DeBord/BI)

You have both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also have the usual Bluetooth connectivity, with USB and AUX ports, as well as actual 110V plugs for all your charging needs.



Supreme off-road capability.

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The Raptor is considered by most reviewers who've taken it into the desert — we didn't do that — to be just about the best at its mission. Serious off-roader should apply. And their choice of chariot will be an easy one.



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