Enough Of This - 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: Enough Of This

March 31, 2011

blingy console shifter.JPG

Dear Ford,

Can I vent for a bit? Great. Here goes: plasti-chrome needs to stop. There is no excuse -- none -- for obnoxiously reflective surfaces like these to be present in a vehicle's interior. Forget for a moment that plasti-chrome looks chintzy. I'm talking about function.

It's hard to convey in photos, but our longterm 2010 Ford Raptor's PRNDL lever, the surround and the cupholders are all ringed with highly reflective surfaces that can leave you with spots in your vision. The door pulls are covered in plasti-chrome too.

What's only slightly less bad are the adjacent flat surfaces covered with the dot-matrixed silver. They don't dazzle but they do reflect.

At one point during the weekend I rounded a corner and exited the shade and had blinding relfections in my eyes from six locations. Sunglasses didn't help; these reflections came from under the bottom edge of the lenses.

Plasti-chrome (hell, any brightwork) is especially egregious in a truck. Two reasons:

1. It's a truck. Functional. Purposeful. No BS. And yet somebody in your styling department felt the need to stick little mirrors all over the cabin. Fail. Find them another line of work, please. Maybe somewhere alongside your personnel responsible for the cruise control interface, whom are also inept.

2. Trucks have large expanses of window glass. Far more than do cars. Windows, it turns out, allow light into the cabin. You can see where I'm going with this.

Please end the silly obsession with this nonsense.


People Who Drive Where The Sun Actually Shines From Time To Time

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411