2017 Ford Raptor Is Tough

Benjamin Little

The all-new Ford Raptor is a thing to behold. The bold and rugged look has always been an attention getter, but this rendition is truly rough around the edges. With its twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® with direct fuel injection, this beast will deliver more power than the previous 6.2-liter V8 at a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

With better running clearance than its predecessors, this is not a dinosaur. But it will likely roam the forest (or mud or sand) like one. With the all-new four-wheel-drive, TORQUE-ON-DEMAND, it combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. This Raptor also sports 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox™ with custom internal bypass technology. This technology provides great off-road performance and a smooth ride on-road. The 10-speed automatic transmission includes manual shifting mode that allows for smooth four-wheel drive dependability. True to the authenticity behind this off-road beast is the all-new Terrain Management System™, which allows the driver to select from six preset modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions. Available mode settings include street, Baja, mud and sand.

As is expected, this Ford is chock full of features, making for the feel of a luxury ride — albeit a bit more rugged. The interior is comfortable in a sporty sort of way, with metal-like trim and chrome interior accents. The 7-speaker audio system performs beautifully and can make the road or off-road experience all that much better. The tech-savvy dashboard will keep everyone aboard either informed or entertained.

However, this rugged beast is also a utility vehicle with its expansive bed and tailgate. Perfect for hauling and onboarding that necessary gear when out and about in the natural terrain.

2017 Ford Raptor

MSRP: $50,155
City: 15 mpg
Hwy: 18 mpg
Trans: 10-speed automatic, manual shifters
0-60: 6.7 sec

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