2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review



2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review - WHAT WE LIKE: Evidently the thing we such as most about our Ford F-150 Raptor is spinning its odometer at ridiculous rates: Since its arrival in April of in 2014 we have actually already ticked through 27,000 miles. This truck, on its surface, appears a not likely selection for over-the-road traveling, but it gets used usually for that given that it's as capable of carefully swallowing freeway miles as it is of eating Michigan chuckholes. Despite its 34-inch-tall BFGoodrich rubber and also refrigerator-in-a-wind-tunnel aero profile, the huge rig sails in the future with the silence as well as calmness of an air-hockey puck. The arrival of Michigan wintertime accompanied the need for new rubber, bring about our discovery that, at full tread deepness, the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 is an extremely practical wintertime tire. Also on hard-packed snow, the tires dig in and spin the white stuff right into frozen pulp. Speaking of winter-specific features, this F-150's remote-start function conserves us the concern of being chilly while we frustrate our next-door neighbors by roostertailing powder off the unplowed subdivision roadways. There's a whole lot to like here.


2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review

WHAT WE DON'T LIKE: 2 editors complained concerning the truck's regular rejection to unlock its doors on the first yank of the handle when using its passive-entry feature. Often two or three yanks are called for prior to it decides to permit accessibility, however the issue is erratic so we've not yet seen the dealer for it. We have actually discovered that our SuperCrew Raptor, at 19.3 feet in length, is also wish for smaller garages. We additionally videotaped an egregious 8-mpg fill-up while lugging a 22-foot, 3500-pound completely laden snowmobile trailer to northern Michigan. But that should be stabilized against containers of 11 and also 13 mpg while towing a 5000-pound open automobile trailer to the exact same region. To date, our, ahem, "EcoBoosted" Raptor is balancing 14 mpg, 2 mpg reluctant of its EPA incorporated ranking.

WHAT FAILED: Our first-update fret about oil in the consumption tract have mainly eased off; as of this writing, there has been no added proof. At 24,000 miles we exchanged all 4 tires, a $1040 undertaking including mounting and also stabilizing. A $150 routine oil modification and also inspection at 20,000 miles was exactly that as well as included replacement of both the cabin and also engine air filters. Otherwise, we haven't also included any fluids.

WHERE WE WENT: Numerous trips to north Michigan are represented in the Raptor's logbook. These are both leisure and also practical, including transporting snow sleds for play or junk automobiles we're no more allowed to keep at the workplace. One nontowing experience located the Raptor deep in the Upper Peninsula flirting with Wisconsin. The holidays consisted of a journey to Franklin, Tennessee. Each of these journeys substantiates more of the Raptor's character, which is usually accompanied by a turbo-muffled growl that sounds something like, "Loosen up, I got this," followed by a gross screen of power and also frequently some flying road surface. And also so far the truck does, in fact, have it.

WHAT WE LIKE: Who understood we 'd appreciate disregarding visuals, chuckholes, road gators, and also wayward boulders this much? Really, the breadth of the Ford F-150 Raptor's abilities is stupefying. As happy to haul the household conveniently to the amusement park as it is to wipe out mud areas, the Raptor makes the easiest duty a reason to exercise restraint. However only a little. At only 4000 miles our truck had actually already invested significant time in the Michigan dune. It never ever desires for power, even in that circumstance. The capability to walk up the steepest dunes from nary a crawl near the bottom is informing of what's under the hood. And also with sufficient suspension traveling, it will certainly go beyond freeway speed with the open stretches, no damage done. We located broadcasting the tires to 18 psi in the front as well as 15 psi in the rear gave it the essential impact to drift with the silt without taking the chance of a damaged bead. The framework's Baja or Mud/Sand modes each appear to do the technique, and also the truck's securing back differential works wonderful, offered the turns typically aren't limited.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Review

WHAT WE DON'T LIKE: There's little to not such as. Potentially the only remorse we have is that Michigan doesn't have bigger dune and entirely does not have the large stretches of desert where the Raptor could truly shine. However, being specialist whiners, we discovered a few even more complaints. The 510 lb-ft of torque paired with our collective hefty foot will suggest a new set of tires by 25,000 approximately miles. We as soon as filled a big closet in the bed and had to give the tailgate a shove to get it closed. The result sufficed stress on the tailgate that the digital release wouldn't, well, launch. We lost some skin on a finger tripping the release manually, which's on us. But this is a vehicle. There need to be a better remedy.

WHAT WENT WRONG: At 6500 miles our Raptor's right-front tire established a lump in the sidewall. It's feasible a senior staffer might have introduced the Raptor over a visual in a determined effort to run away website traffic. It's also feasible the tire fairy provided us a malfunctioning tire. That was a $228 hit. No person-- specifically not the fairy-- is claiming anything.

We likewise spent $66 on an uneventful oil adjustment, tire turning, as well as multipoint assessment at 10,000 miles. The dealership switched the air filter at that solution also due to the fact that the original was gently oil-soaked-- most likely a result of the engine's exhaust-gas-recirculation system enabling oil into the consumption. Yet at 16,864 miles there's no oil in the brand-new filter or in the intake. We're watching on it.

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