Camera is Just Good Enough - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Camera is Just Good Enough

September 02, 2010

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Our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is 220.9 inches long and rides on a 133.3 inch wheelbase. To say that it's big is an understatement. But ya know, it's a truck, it's got good mirrors and if you've backed up one giant truck you've done 'em all.

So the first time I saw the postage-stamp-sized $450 rear-view camera was annoying and inadequate and could really benefit from some additional sonar. And while I still think that sonar would help, just having this small thing is probably worth $450 in bumper damage alone.

See, where the Raptor differs from other trucks is the height. With the exception of the Dodge Ram Powerwagon and G550, there's not a lot that sits higher than the Raptor, and even the G doesn't have the hip-point height the Raptor enjoys. It's awesome for cruising around the city, but it's pretty lame when you're trying to see if you're a foot or three feet away from something. Angles are tricky.

So while I'd prefer beeps, or a bigger screen to see what's going on, the more I drive this thing, the more I just sort of forget the camera is there unless I'm really trying to thread the needle.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 5,289 miles

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