Car and Driver Approves of the All-New F-150 Raptor

Recently, Car and Driver took the Ford F-150 Raptor out for a spin (well, several), taking to Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert to put the truck to the test. True to form, the truck handled all sorts of challenges at speed.


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With a new aluminum block, upgraded internal elements, port and direct fuel injection, the all-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission and produces up to 450-horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque – notable improvements over the old Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8. And while the suspension is designed to withstand the punishment that only serious off-roading can deliver, it handles pavement equally well.

Of course, the true joy of owning a Raptor is taking it off-road -- and at high speeds. The reviewer advises that Baja driving mode is an excellent option, declaring, “ the stability-control calibration is superb, allowing great leeway and stepping in only under extreme circumstances with smooth, subtle interventions. This mode also relaxes the ABS, allowing some lockup to pile sand in front of the tires, long a favored means of stopping in softer terrain.”

While you contemplate the Raptor’s capabilities, we invite you to visit our showroom at 5550 North Desert Boulevard in El Paso to take a look at our Ford inventory.

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