Living with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: the good and the bad Page 2


2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Enlarge Photo

The Bad: This thing is a monster. It's 6.4 inches wider than the already massive F-150, and it sits 1.3 inches taller. At 78.5 inches high, it may not fit in your garage and you may not be able to take it downtown and park it in a parking garage. That width makes it hard to park in grocery store parking spots, too.

The Good: The standard side steps make it easy to get in, which is welcome for such a large truck.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Enlarge Photo

The Good: The 450-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 offers plenty of punch to get out ahead of traffic or even leave most cars in your dust. Better yet, it works quite well with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, which delivers imperceptible shifts and uses the full range of its 10 gears.

The Bad: There is very little Eco in EcoBoost. I drove 287 miles in the Raptor mostly on the highway at 75 mph and averaged a paltry 13.6 mpg. The Raptor is EPA rated at 15 mpg city, 18 highway. I didn't even get the city rating. I guess moving a big block through the wind gets into those turbos all too often. You want to use that power? You're going to pay for it.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor tires

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor tires

Enlarge Photo

The Bad: Those BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires that are so good at paddling through the sand and mud are borderline dangerous in the rain, especially with no weight in the bed. On a rainy 45-degree day, the tail end started to slip out when taking a 50-mph curve on the freeway at about 60 mph. I would normally feel comfortable at 80 mph in any car. I wasn't confident in the truck's ability to brake in the wet, either. Come to think of it, the tread on those tires is so sparse that it compromises the dry pavement traction, too. In fact, in Car and Driver instrumented testing the Raptor SuperCrew held a measly 0.71 g skidpad while a standard line F-150 held the pad to the tune of 0.76 g. That's not a lot, but more tread equals more traction.

The Good: People love this beast. It gets admiring looks at stoplights, thumbs up from other drivers, and people want to talk to you about it. It's the most macho truck on the market, and you look like a confident, outdoorsy, mountain man when driving it.


 
Follow Us

Take Us With You!

 

Related Used Listings

Browse used listings in your area.


 
© 2017 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.