2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: No Going Back
July 22, 2011
There are things in life that once you experience them, there's just no going back. Who wants an Atari 2600 after playing an NES? Who wants to go back to cassette tapes after CDs? Who wants a tube television after watching a plasma or LCD TV?
As I was driving the Ford F-150 Raptor yesterday-- which as you see has no navigation system-- I realized that I couldn't go back to owning vehicle that doesn't have nav. I was stuck in traffic and wanted to find an alternate street. Having a navigation system would have let me check if the surrounding streets were a viable option or a dead end. I had my smartphone with me, but I had poor 3G reception and it was taking way too long to bring up the map. It was frustrating and since I was in the Raptor, I wished I could roll over the cars in front of me.
Another benefit of a factory navigation system is a larger, more legible screen that greatly benefits the stereo. It is significantly easier to sort through the categories and see the song titles when you play music from an iPod or listen to satellite radio. Plus, it gives the car a high tech feel.
The photo below is from a 2011 Raptor with navigation -- a $2,495 add on. It's a pricey option, but if you're paying forty grand for a truck with horrible fuel economy, what's another $2,500? I also prefer the integrated look of a factory nav system. When you combine the LCD screen that's between the gauges (new for 2011 F-150s) with the huge navigation screen, it gives this car a dual personality -- like an MMA fighter who is also a scientist.
What are some things you can't do without for your next car?
Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 22,540