The Penalty Seat? - 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT: The Penalty Seat?

May 17, 2011


Have tow hitch, will schlep clapped-out race car. Last weekend, our longterm 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT hauled not only the car but also two other teammates to Reno-Fernley raceway for a 24 Hours of LeMons race.

If you're paying attention, you see that our Raptor is an extended cab and not a crew cab, which means that a real, actual person spent many, many hours in a rather small backseat.

How'd she fare? Hit the jump.


This is Sara. Sara's a good sport. Sara rode in this very spot in the Raptor for roughly twenty hours round trip from Los Angeles, CA, to Fernley, NV and back. In between, she raced that crappy Miata in the lead shot in two 2-hour stints and had very little sleep besides. This photo was taken near the end of our trip and, against all odds, she's still smiling.

Turns out it's not too bad back there. She said the Raptor's backseat is a bit too upright but has decent comfort. She's 5'8", so she's not exactly a midget, either. However, she'd have liked to have been able to cross her legs to help with a tailbone problem she's had most of her life, but that wasn't happening. Oh, and the front seat is about far forward as mutual comfort would allow.

The ride quality, too, is quite compliant in the Raptor, whether towing or not.

I will say that Sara's fairly tolerant overall, which is surely a factor here. I sure as hell wouldn't want to spend twenty hours back there.

So, yes, it is possible for an adult to do a long trip in the backseat of the Raptor. But it helps if that person is not a Grumpy McSnivelpants.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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