2010 Ford F-150 Raptor: Still A Truck
August 11, 2010
Badass as our longterm 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor is -- and it really is -- fundamentally, it's still a pickup and needs to function well in that capacity, else it serves no purpose save for being a toy.
After towing 1100 miles to Willows, CA and back to SoCal, I can state with confidence that it is totally up to the task of serving duty as a truck in the traditional sense. Your towing needs must be relatively modest -- the Raptor's tow rating is 6000 pounds. Payload is 930 lb. The car/trailer you see above is about 4000 pounds.
The seats are exceptionally comfortable. They have fairly aggressive torso bolsters that I eyed with suspicion at first but after many, many hours in the saddle with no squirming and no road butt, I'm a fan. Better than our longterm Ram's seats, even. A smidge-longer thigh bolster would be my only nitpick.
Ride quality was never an issue, towing or not. Same with road noise. There's simply very little ride or NVH downside to the Raptor's off-road-slanted suspension and tires. I compared notes with Dan regarding the ride quality and concluded that he subjected the Raptor to a wider variety of terrain than did I in reaching his assessment that the Raptor is a wee busy over high frequency road inputs. Dan's got quite the well-calibrated derriere especially when it comes to the suspension tuning of pickups.
With tow/haul mode engaged, my (reasonably light) towing load posed little burden to the Raptor's 6.2-liter V8. Felt about as urgent as our old '07 Tundra. Twice and only twice, though, the Raptor's 2-3 upshift was especially hard. Like "mid-'80s F-body with a shift kit" hard. Odd.
I generally tow at 65-ish mph in CA. Average fuel economy for this towing trip was 10.7 mpg, which is 1.5 to 2 mpg less than what I garnered when towing with our '09 Ram.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 4,362 miles.