2021 Ford F-150 Raptor review: Brutal, but not overkill – Roadshow

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor


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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Photos do not actually convey simply how freakin’ massive this truck is.

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Large boi

Crew cab vehicles are nearly massive sufficient to require business zoning, however the Raptor turns the entire shebang as much as 11. The fender flares add extra width to an already broad pickup, whereas its face removes any trace of visible shrink trickery thanks to an enormous black grille with daring Ford lettering spanning the width between the headlights.

Geared up with Ford’s 37-inch-tire efficiency package deal ($7,500), the Raptor is hella tall, too, providing 13.1 inches of floor clearance and nearly at all times leading to an old-person grunt whereas getting out and in. You may be completely happy the facet steps are commonplace. General, the look is significantly imposing, about as a lot of an eyeball-buster because the Ram 1500 TRX, particularly when my tester’s off-road package deal wraps its 17-inch beadlock alloy wheels in a set of beefy BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires.

The Raptor’s near-comical largeness continues inside the place, like each different F-150, the aesthetics are all about massive, chunky issues. I admire the blended use of supplies throughout the dashboard to maintain the design attention-grabbing, though it is a bit of a bummer that just about each shiny floor seems to be plastic and never actual metallic — a fair greater bummer when you think about this tester’s $80,000 price ticket. No less than that aforementioned $7,500 efficiency package deal does enhance the inside high quality a bit by means of some blue leather-based and suede throughout the seats and heart console.

What impresses me extra in regards to the Raptor’s inside is its each day usability, one other excessive level shared with different F-150 fashions. The doorways have two tiers of storage for objects massive and small, and the cubby underneath the middle armrest is positively cavernous. The $6,150 Gear Group 801A Package deal boosts the flexibility by providing the F-150’s trick work-surface improve, which folds the shifter flat and permits using a big fold-out desk. Out again, the rear seats have oodles of legroom, plus extra cup holders, extra door-card storage and a flat load ground that is accessed by folding the seat bottoms. The Raptor could solely have a 5.5-foot mattress, however that is sufficient for Christmas bushes or most development supplies. The damped tailgate provides a touch of comfort, too.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The Raptor’s optionally available 37-inch tires give the truck a fair beefier stance than regular.

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A bruiser that will not depart you bruised

Sure, the Ford F-150 Raptor is now properly behind within the high-output-truck recreation, with its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 placing out simply (“simply”) 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. There is a massive gulf between that and the TRX’s stonkin’ 702-hp determine. But, after having pushed each for every week, I feel the Ford has way more on-road potential than the Ram.

I used to be recurrently working out of street with the TRX, however the Raptor continues to be very fast in each day driving, and that decrease energy output means I am way more more likely to pull a larger proportion of water out of its properly. The Raptor is completely happy to leap ahead from a cease, its V6 screaming by way of each analog and digital means, satiating the senses with out overpowering them outright. It is not so fast that I really feel like a nigh-dangerous ingot of pure momentum, but it surely’s shut sufficient.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The Raptor’s massive heart stripe on the steering wheel will not actually come into play in avenue driving, but it surely’ll assist once you’re blasting round within the dust.

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The Raptor’s four-mode exhaust, simply accessible by a steering wheel button, can add or cut back noise as desired. You, like me, is perhaps tempted to roll round in all places within the “off-road-only” Baja setting, however belief me after I say that the impressively loud drone of steady-speed cruising will get previous rapidly. The steering and suspension are additionally adjustable on this method. The brakes aren’t adjustable, however with 13-plus-inch rotors on all 4 corners (13.7 entrance, 13.2 rear), the Raptor is able to some spectacular stops.

The steering is okay in any mode, however I am fairly impressed with the change in really feel between suspension settings. The newly developed multi-link rear suspension provides civility regardless of the mode, particularly when accelerating or cruising over certainly one of many pockmarked roads. In Sport, the Raptor settles right into a stiffer stance that has it feeling a bit extra carlike in its operation. Baja mode does not actually have a use in city and suburban driving, except I need to fake my neighborhood’s velocity bumps do not exist. However, based mostly on the intensive off-road programs we performed with throughout our first drive, I do know for a undeniable fact that Baja mode actually comes into its personal when blasting by way of the dust.

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The three.5-liter V6 could not sound as sonorous because the TRX’s V8, however Ford tries to treatment that by including a little bit of digital noise to beef it up.

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Truthfully, I’m a bit shocked at how properly the Raptor fares as an everyday ol’ each day driver. The TRX felt like a monster at almost each alternative, but it surely’s simple to settle into a totally authorized groove with the Ford. The throttle has the correct quantity of sensitivity for clean takeoffs that hardly faucet into the V6’s reserves, and the 10-speed computerized transmission swaps gears effortlessly, so driving easily is not actually an issue. The most important concern in each day use is the Raptor’s measurement. It is about as broad as most lanes, so it’s extremely simple to dip a tire over the white line. Encompass-view cameras and parking sensors let me park on the grocery retailer with out ending up atop a RAV4, however the truck nonetheless requires a stage of self-awareness that smaller autos don’t.

One place that the 2021 Raptor is assured to harm is on the fuel station. Whereas its V6 offers it a slight benefit over the V8 TRX’s hilariously dismal figures, the Ford continues to be fairly the thirsty brute. Probably the most environment friendly variants will obtain an EPA-estimated 15 mpg metropolis and 18 mpg freeway, however the 37-inch efficiency package deal reduces these figures to, at finest, 15 metropolis and 16 freeway. Credit score the place it is due, although, the Raptor’s V6 can drink 87-octane gasoline (the TRX does not advocate it), and its 36-gallon gasoline tank permits someplace round 500 miles between stops, however man, it is nonetheless thirsty.

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This truck is so dang thirsty.

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Tech and truck stuff in ample portions

With a beginning value of $65,840, it should not be a shock that the Ford F-150 Raptor carries as a lot of Ford’s newest tech as it will possibly deal with. The usual 12-inch touchscreen runs Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system, and it is simply as responsive and succesful as it’s in different methods, packing wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and, if optioned, embedded navigation. The display is massive sufficient to allow split-screen operations, too, so I can keep watch over each the radio and the turn-by-turn instructions as wanted. The 12-inch digital gauge cluster can also be commonplace, and it does job relaying necessary info with out being distracting — and sure, there’s an off-road-specific mode that exhibits steering angle, an inclinometer and all that good dirt-friendly stuff.

There’s nonetheless room for upgrades, although. The 801A package deal ($6,150) provides an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and cold-weather perks like a heated steering wheel and second-row heated seats. The 360-degree digicam possibility is simply $765 by itself. Drop one other $2,000 and you may add an influence tailgate and a 2-kilowatt onboard generator.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system has been simple to make use of since its inception, and it stays certainly one of my most popular methods within the business.

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Each Raptor additionally comes commonplace with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite of energetic and passive security methods. This consists of forward-collision warning, computerized emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep help, computerized excessive beams and rear parking sensors. The one security improve I might need is, once more, a part of the $6,150 801A package deal, which provides entrance parking sensors, as a result of parking a small planet is not simple.

For these of you who truly need to do correct truck stuff with a Raptor, don’t fret, this is not only a storage queen. My tester and its 37-inch efficiency package deal provide 13 inches of entrance and 14.1 inches of rear suspension journey. Payload and towing have improved for this era, as properly, now resting comfortably at 1,400 kilos and eight,200 kilos, respectively.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Whether or not towing or hauling, the Raptor continues to be an F-150, so it is lots succesful.

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Right down to brass tacks

The Raptor’s base value swelled almost $10,000 for 2021, now resting at $65,840, together with $1,695 in vacation spot costs. My tester takes that even additional, due to some dear choices, with an out-the-door value of $82,080 together with vacation spot. That may seem to be rather a lot, but it surely’s nonetheless hundreds cheaper than the Ram 1500 TRX to start out, and the Ram can push its window sticker to the border of $90,000 with out batting a watch, so perhaps the Raptor is not precisely a uncooked deal in spite of everything. The TRX stays the only real car within the Raptor’s aggressive set, as a result of GM does not appear very all in favour of throwing a Corvette engine right into a Silverado for no matter purpose.

Between the 2 high-output vehicles listed right here, I feel I might be happier with the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. It is each bit the succesful pickup truck it must be, however a wholesome dose of aesthetics, expertise and foot-to-the-floor good occasions makes it an absolute hoot to make use of on the each day. Having the best numbers on a spreadsheet does not at all times make for a greater car.

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