Since 1948, the Ford F-150 has been on the scene as one of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States. It was originally commissioned as a no-frills workhorse, but has since morphed into a versatile pickup truck that caters to a wide customer base. Whether you are looking for off-road performance or luxury and comfort, the F-150 has you covered.
Enter the Ford Raptor. Heralded as a Frankenstein F-150, the Ford Raptor is a force to be reckoned with, especially in its 2017 form. This off-road master utilizes much of what has made the F-150 so enticing to buyers, but there are several significant differences between the two models that are definitely worth noting. Which vehicle – the Ford F-150 or the Ford Raptor – is right for you?
Power and handling
With four engines to choose from, the Ford F-150 boasts an incredible power-to-weight performance. The standard 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) engine optimizes power while maximizing fuel efficiency, providing over 280 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque, and a tow rating of up to 7,600 lbs. Upgrade options include a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine for heavy-duty hauling, and a 2.7L or 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with Auto Start-Stop technology for on-demand power and fuel-saving capabilities.
The Ford Raptor has an all-new, twin turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with direct fuel injection, which delivers more than 450 hp, 510 lb-ft of torque, and a 12,200-lb maximum tow rating!
Both the F-150 and the Raptor have a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers improved acceleration and performance; however, the Raptor also comes with paddle shifters that transfer into manual-drive mode and an all-new Terrain Management System that allows you to select from six pre-set modes to optimize driving dynamics. Options include Rock, Mud and Sand, Weather, Street, Baja, and Normal.
The Raptor also has a wide body, which enables long-travel suspension and superior handling. The track is actually 6 inches wider than the standard F-150!
The 2017 models of both the Ford F-150 and the Ford Raptor have fully-boxed steel frames and a class-exclusive high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, which reduces the weight of the vehicles, increase their strength, and make them resistant to dents and corrosion. While the aluminum alloy makes the vehicles lighter, the F-150 weighs in at a little over 4,000 lbs while the much-larger Raptor is closer to 6,000 lbs.
The F-150 has always been a great off-road vehicle because it easily shifts into four-wheel drive with electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) or automatic 4WD mode. You can also add on the FX4 Off-Road Package that includes electronic-locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, off-road tuned shock absorbers, underbody skid-plates, and even a class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split view display.
While the F-150 can hold its own off the road, this is where the Ford Raptor truly shines. In addition to everything listed above, the all-new Raptor has a variety of off-road specific perks. For starters, a TORQUE-ON-DEMAND transfer case manages the power distribution between the front and rear wheels, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of both clutch-driven all-wheel drive and mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. TORSEN front differential improves off-road capabilities by transferring torque to the stable wheel, which significantly increases the front grip and allows the Raptor to conquer steep grades. The 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox provide a smooth ride both on and off the road, and the class-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels and 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires were designed especially for the Ford Raptor.
The F-150 is a versatile truck that comes in a variety of cab and box sizes. You can choose from a Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew with box sizes of 5-1/2’, 6-1/2’, or 8’.
The Raptor has far fewer options when it comes to size. In fact, it only comes in SuperCab or SuperCrew with a box size of 5-1/2’. In addition, the Raptor is taller, heavier, and wider than the F-150.
Base price for a 2017 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 is around $32,000 while a Raptor starts at over $50,000.
If you are looking for the perfect vehicle to take off-roading, then the Ford Raptor is just right. You won’t find a more powerful truck with a better off-road mode anywhere else! But if you want a more affordable and versatile truck that can be customized to fit your lifestyle, you can’t go wrong with the F-150. At Seabreeze Ford, we want to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs, so give us a call at (888) 570-3423 or stop by our dealership in Township, NJ for a test drive!