It’s not the pickup for everyone, but if ultimate off-road performance is your thing, the Ford Raptor is in a class of one. Most of the extra cost of this truck goes into off-road equipment like special Fox racing shocks, aluminum suspension components, and full belly pans to protect the underside during high-speed runs in the rough stuff.
Gone is the V8. Power now comes from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 pumping out 450 horsepower. With more than a foot of ground clearance, you can ignore speed bumps and curbs.
A great way to save $2,000 is to skip the gaudy graphics.
Inside, it’s typical Ford F-150: comfortable and roomy. The automatic is a 10-speed. The Raptor is ready for any kind of road surface with six terrain modes and three steering modes. Overhead, a bank of switches are ready for adding extra off-road lighting.
The Supercab has rear doors that open extra wide. A full-size crew cab is also available. Normally, I’m not a fan of running boards on a pickup truck, but with the Raptor you almost need them to get in.
The raptor is fast and fun to drive even if you never travel off-road.
So, for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor 4×4 Supercab, I say thumbs up to great power, great off-road ability, and great fun; thumbs down to poor mileage and a hefty price tag. The as-reviewed sticker is $57,448.
I averaged about 15 miles per gallon.