Ford Raptor vs Ford F-150

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.

Off-road capabilities

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.

Size options

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.

The takeaway

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!


Why Fords are the Best Off-Roading Option

Not all 4X4s are created equal. Oh, the salespeople at every major dealership will certainly find something to brag about, but if you are looking for superior off-roading capabilities, then there is only one automotive manufacturer that checks all of the boxes. As a staple in the U.S. truck market for generations, Ford is proud to offer a full line of off-road options, including SUVs like the Explorer or Expedition and trucks in the F Series and Super Duty lines. Here are a few reasons why Fords are the best off-roading options on the market.

Variety of 4X4 options

It goes without saying that if you want to go off-roading, then you need a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. Fortunately, Ford has plenty options! We have four unstoppable vehicle lines that are capable of taking you anywhere you want to go: The Expedition, The Explorer, The F series, and The Super Duty. Each line has a number of models, giving you over 35 different 4WD SUVs or trucks to choose from! When you add in a plethora of power, handling, safety, interior, and exterior options, then you can truly create the off-roading beast your adventurous soul deserves.

Ground clearance

Getting stuck on a rock or high-centering in the middle of your off-road adventure is embarrassing, to say the least, so you need a truck or SUV that is high enough off the ground to pass over obstacles with ease. Standing tall is the only way to go, which is why all of Ford’s off-road capable vehicles have a minimum ground clearance of at least 7.8”. The Ford Raptor is king of them all with a ground clearance of 9.4”!

FX4 off-road package

If you are planning on taking your Ford off-roading, then the FX4 package is a must. There are many amazing features included in this package, but the most important off-road options are the protective skid plates under the fuel tank, transfer case, and front differential. The last thing you want when blazing your own trail is a rogue rock punching through your undercarriage, so don’t even consider going off-roading without protective underguarding.

Tuned front and rear shocks are another significant feature of the FX4 package, especially when paired with an electronic locking differential. Not only does this offer a smoother ride, but ensures that both wheels on an axle are rotating at the same speed, meaning if f one wheel is suspended in the air or slipping on slick terrain, it will still turn at the same rate as its counterpart.

The Ford FX4 package also has hill descent control, an innovative feature that allows you to keep both feet on the floor – not on the brake – as you descend a steep hill. By utilizing the vehicles ABS and drive train, hill descent will keep you moving at a pre-set speed, so all you have to do is trust your truck and focus on the obstacles in front of you.

360- degree camera

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see what’s going on around as you traverse a particularly rocky trail? Want to know what’s on the other side of the ridge instead of driving into unknown territory? Well, now you can with Ford’s 360-degree camera! If you are going 5mph or slower, you can engage the camera and have a bird’s-eye, top-down view of your vehicle and its surroundings. Pair this feature with the 8” productivity screen that sits below the speedometer and you will be able to ascertain the pitch as well as the direction your wheels are facing.

For an off-roading experience you won’t soon forget, make the smart choice and go with one of Ford’s powerhouse 4WD options. From the F-150 that won six awards in 2017 alone to the confident and comfortable Explorer, you’re sure to find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs. To find out more information, call the friendly team at Seabreeze Ford at (888) 570-3423 or come in for a test drive!

The Modern Ford Explorer

Even after almost 30 years on the market, the Ford Explorer remains a top pick in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) market. Multiple generations and upgrades have culminated in the 2017 Explorer, equipped with a variety of modern amenities and top-of-the-line safety systems. Here are just a few of the Explorer’s many high-tech features.

Designed for Excellence

The 2017 Explorer comes in five separate models and trim levels, each designed from the ground up to offer style and substance. Three rows of power-fold seating allow room for seven passengers or up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. With the proper equipment, you can even tow up to 5,000 pounds to wherever your Explorer takes you.


  • The Standard Explorer features a 3.5 liter Ti-VCT engine, six-speed automatic transmission and roof rack with EPA-estimated 24 highway miles per gallon.
  • Explorer XLT model includes all of the basic features as well as LED fog lamps and signature lighting, plus upgraded Reverse Sensing safety systems.
  • Enjoy a touch of modern luxury with the Limited model’s voice-activated navigation systems and perforated leather-trim seats.
  • Explorer Sport boasts a sport-tune suspension system, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels and an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
  • The ultimate Explorer Platinum includes the base Sport features as well as Nirvana leather seats with quilted insets, a 500 watt Sony audio system and twin-panel moonroof.

Innovative Performance

All 2017 Explorer models come standard with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V6 engine capable of delivering 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque with an EPA-estimated rating of 17 city or 24 highway miles per gallon. The available 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard on the Explorer Sport and Platinum models; combining turbocharge and direct injection technology, the EcoBoost engine generates 365 V6 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. With the available Class III Trailer Tow Package, including an engine oil cooler, wiring harness and tow hitch, the Explorer makes towing easy.

Safety Through Technology

No matter where your adventures take you, today’s Explorer ensures you get there safely with a host of high-tech safety features.

  • Available adaptive cruise control can be set to maintain a preset speed, then senses and slows with surrounding traffic.
  • Forward collision warning with brake support will alert you if the vehicle senses a potential collision with the car in front of you, applying the brakes if you can’t react in time.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses radar to identify vehicles entering your blind spot and alerts you with an indicator on the side mirror.
  • With enhanced active park assist, your Explorer uses 12 ultrasonic sensors to scan for suitable parking spaces and assist backing into your spot. All you have to do is shift, accelerate and brake.

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Ford F-Series: America’s Best-Selling Trucks

The legendary Ford F-Series trucks are celebrating their 40th anniversary as the bestselling pickup trucks in America, which coincides with the introduction of the Ford F-150 in 1977. In addition, the F-Series has produced the bestselling truck in America for 35 years in a row.

During its 13 generations, more than 26 million F-Series trucks have been sold. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ford F-Series being #1 by learning more about the history of this great American truck line.

5 High-Tech Features of the 2017 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is back and better than ever for the 2017 model year. The latest edition of the best-selling Fusion has several brand new, high-tech features to make driving it even more enjoyable. The following are five of our favorite features of the 2017 Ford Fusion.

1). Available LED Headlamps

LED headlights are one of the many exciting new options available on the 2017 Ford Fusion. These headlamps offer superior quality over halogen bulbs. They are also brighter and use less energy than incandescent bulbs.

2). Three Engine Choices

  • 1.5L Ti-VCT GTDI I-4 EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop – features 181 hp, 185 lb.-ft of torque and front-wheel drive
  • 2.0L Ti-VCT GTDI I-4 EcoBoost® features 245 hp, 275 lb.-ft of torque and front or all-wheel drive
  • 2.7L turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 – features 325 hp, 380 lb.-ft of torque and standard all-wheel drive

The 1.5L EcoBoost engine features Ford’s Auto Start-Stop technology, which helps reduce vehicle emissions by automatically shutting off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop in city driving. While the engine is off, the air conditioning and radio stay on to keep you comfortable. As soon as you take your foot off the brake, the engine seamlessly restarts. This technology not only saves you money, it also reduces emissions and helps reduce smog in congested urban areas.

3). FordPass App

Owners can control certain features of their car with the FordPass App and SYNC®. Available for both Android and iOS, the FordPass App allows you to:

  • Check your fuel level remotely to plan out your trip
  • Remotely unlock and start your vehicle
  • Request roadside assistance
  • Locate your vehicle

4). Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go

With this amazing feature, you won’t have to get frustrated in stop-and-go traffic. The 2017 Ford Fusion has a radar sensor that can detect slowing traffic ahead and automatically brake and accelerate to keep you moving at the same pace as other traffic. It will even bring your vehicle to a complete stop and restart it when traffic starts moving again. This feature was once found only on high-end European luxury cars.

5). Park Assist

The Ford Fusion’s enhanced active park assist feature utilizes 12 ultrasonic sensors to assist with side, parallel and perpendicular parking.

  • Side Parking Sensor – The 2017 Fusion will warn you when it becomes too close to objects.
  • Park Out Assist – Sometimes it’s difficult to steer out of a tight parallel parking spot, and that’s where the park out assist comes in handy. This system will help you by providing instructions on shifting and moving forward and backward while it steers you out of a tight spot.
  • Perpendicular Parking Assist – The Ford Fusion can scan for suitable parking spaces and assist you with backing your vehicle into the spot. The car’s onboard computers will take care of the steering while you shift, accelerate and brake.

Ford Fusions in Wall Township

Seabreeze Ford in New Jersey has a wide variety of all-new 2017 Ford Fusions as well as used and pre-owned models to choose from. Browse our selection or feel free to stop in for a test drive today.