2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Review: Is Bigger Really Better? - CNET

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The Ford F-150 Raptor is simply a doozy of a truck. With features that marque it a godforsaken prerunner close retired of the box, the Raptor is simply a motortruck that tin instrumentality beauteous overmuch thing you propulsion astatine it. However, with the caller Raptor's 37-inch tyre option, has this go-fast pickup reached the constituent of diminishing returns?

For this latest F-150 Raptor, Ford revised the rear suspension, adding a five-link setup with much question and longer trailing arms. Larger 3.1-inch Fox Live Valve shocks are installed astatine each corner. These babies tin grip 1,000 pounds of damping unit astatine each country astatine precocious speeds and tin alteration damping rates 500 times per second. Drivers person their prime of 7 antithetic terrain modes: Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Normal, Off-Road, Baja and Rock Crawl. Each of these set the Raptor's stableness control, shocks, throttle mapping, displacement points, steering consciousness and more.

Under the hood, the Raptor uses the aforesaid 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 arsenic before. Some folks bemoan the nonaccomplishment of a V8 engine, but don't worry, the Raptor R is connected its mode to marque each your gas-guzzling dreams travel true. Even so, the V6's 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque are much than adequate, and I've ever been a instrumentality of Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission.

My trial motortruck is equipped with 37-inch tires, portion of the $7,640 Raptor 37 Performance Package. With these larger tires I get 13.1 inches of crushed clearance, an attack space of 33.1 degrees, a breakover space of 24.4 degrees and a departure space of 24.9 degrees. That's adjuvant arsenic I commencement disconnected successful Rock Crawl mode and caput retired to Heartbreak Hill successful Johnson Valley, California. This was portion of past year's infamous King of the Hammers contention people and it's casual to spot why. The elevation ascent is steep with escaped rocks astatine the bottom, which crook into larger rocks embedded into the hillside.

The Raptor's debased scope gearing is lone 2.64:1, but with 4.10 axles and each that torque, the motortruck doesn't person immoderate problems conquering Heartbreak Hill. I bash person to ticker my prime of driving line, though, what with the truck's 12-foot-long wheelbase. On my archetypal walk I usage the one-pedal way thrust relation truthful I tin ore connected uncovering the close enactment and not interest astir left-foot braking. When I assistance the throttle this tech applies the brakes proportionally. It's a neat instrumentality and thing that newbies volition appreciate.

The rear locking differential helps here, too, but I privation determination were a beforehand locker. Still, beforehand instrumentality gaffe is beauteous minimal acknowledgment to the Torsen differential, but folks who truly privation to stone crawl volition apt privation to instal an aftermarket beforehand locker. Not lone volition it let them to spell further afield, it keeps the beforehand tires from spinning, creating holes successful the ungraded different vehicles mightiness not beryllium capable to handle.

If stone crawling is your jam, you should decidedly opt for the 37-inch tires. You get much sidewall which means amended grip, accrued off-road geometry and much crushed clearance. However, what you suffer is suspension travel. These larger shoes bounds wide question to 13 inches successful the beforehand and 14 inches successful the rear. Swap those tires retired for the modular 35-inchers and you summation an inch of question some beforehand and rear. However, the 35s let for "only" 12 inches of crushed clearance, an attack space of 31 degrees, a breakover space of 22.7 degrees and a departure space of 23.9 degrees. Those are inactive precise bully numbers.

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The optional 37-inch tires successful question.

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The 37s' reduced suspension question makes maine funny astir however this motortruck volition grip high-speed godforsaken whoops. The Raptor has ever been the champion motortruck for this benignant of terrain and the caller rear suspension makes it adjacent better. After a fewer warm-up passes, I'm capable to get the motortruck up to 65 mph, and I tin consciousness that it's much unchangeable than ever, ne'er wavering oregon doing what I telephone the hula dance, erstwhile the rear extremity bounces broadside to side.

However, contempt lone losing an inch of travel, the 37s bounds the capability. Wearing the 35-inch tires I could apt spell conscionable a spot faster earlier overwhelming the suspension, oregon question done whoops that are a small spot deeper. Sure, the 37s are getting the occupation done, but if apical velocity is your goal, the 35s are what you want.

That's besides existent if you privation to prevention wealth astatine the pump. With the 35-inch tires, the F-150 Raptor has an EPA-estimated substance system standing of 15 mpg city, 18 mpg road and 16 mpg combined. With the 37s you'll spot 15 city, 16 road and 15 combined, and during my clip with my tester connected 37s I lone averaged 13.7 mpg. Yikes.

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Ford's Sync 4 infotainment tech works great.

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The 2022 F-150 Raptor is lone disposable successful a SuperCrew assemblage benignant with a 5.5-foot bed. While I didn't get to tow with this truck, Ford says it tin propulsion 8,200 pounds. For Home Depot runs you tin load 1,400 pounds successful the bed.

Inside, the Performance Package adds a acceptable of chill Recaro beforehand seats successful Rhapsody Blue that are some heated and cooled. I besides emotion that determination are six auxiliary switches conscionable waiting to beryllium wired up with a winch oregon other lights. The Raptor has immoderate chill aluminum trim astir the 12-inch touchscreen that runs Ford's Sync 4 infotainment software, which is present susceptible of receiving over-the-air updates.

If you'll beryllium utilizing your Raptor retired successful the desert, I highly urge springing for the Pro Power Onboard package. This adds a 2-kilowatt generator that tin tally lights, powerfulness tools, a fridge afloat of frosty beverages -- you sanction it. The Raptor besides gets a slew of modular driver-assistance technologies similar adaptive cruise control, forward-collision informing and blind-spot monitoring that tin screen the magnitude of a trailer. If you privation the chill Pro Trailer Backup Assist that helps with trailering, you'll person to wage extra.

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No substance the tyre size, the Raptor is simply a beast.

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When you look astatine the larger pickup motortruck class, determination truly isn't overmuch that tin interaction the Raptor. Sure, you tin spell with the Ram 1500 TRX, but with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 nether the hood, that mightiness beryllium much powerfulness than astir radical tin handle. The caller Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is simply a large ride, but it doesn't person the suspension question to support up with the Raptor. And the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro? Forget it. Not adjacent close.

Of course, you'll wage for the privilege. The 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor starts astatine $71,700 including $1,795 for delivery. My imagination Raptor with the towing package, Pro Power Onboard and the Raptor High bundle with the Torsen beforehand differential, heated 2nd enactment seats and steering wheel, wireless telephone charger, rain-sensing wipers and fewer different bibs and bobs comes to $77,450. That's astir $3,000 little than the Ram TRX's starting price.

The biggest determination you'll request to marque with the Raptor is tyre size. If you cognize you'll walk a batch of clip crawling implicit rocks, the 37-inch tires volition apt service you better. However, if you privation to onslaught whoops successful the godforsaken and get amended substance system connected pavement, the 35s are the mode to go. Bigger isn't ever better, y'all.

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Performance 9.5Features 8Design 9.5Media 9

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See afloat specs Engine Turbocharged, V6 Cylinder EngineDrivetrain Four Wheel DriveMPG 15 MPGPassenger Capacity 5Body Type Trucks

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