2010 Ford Raptor: The Antiprius
October 25, 2010
When people ask me "What's the best car out there?" I in return ask them how they intend to use it. There are great vehicles for various uses, and this past week I found the perfect vehicle for me: the Raptor
It has a dual personality like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's a mean S.O.B. off-road and a gentleman on. Don't let those tough looks fool you. After 1,798 miles I put on it, I found the seats to be unbelievably comfortable. I never got numb butt/legs. Match that seat to the awesome grip of the steering wheel and you got yourself a long haul trucker to get you back home after hitting a distant OHV park.
The Raptor has got rugged good looks and people are drawn to it. I don't know how many conversations I had at gas pumps over the past 10 days. It ranged from dudes with cell phone cameras, to a guy in Truckee asking if this was the one with the 6.2 (he looked at it like a starry eyed kid when I said yes) to a creepy voice from the back of an Accord wagon in Lost Hills: "Is that the Raptor? Like it now before I take it from you, bro."
It's got meats. It's got power. It's got clearance. It's got attitude. It's like playing Super Off Road but in real life. I took it to the desolate Mojave Preserve, to the top of Red Mountain, up to Tahoe, and over a lot of canyons and sandy washes in between. It never gave me problems navigating rocky roads, traction on embankments of shale, or going down steep mountains. The ONLY concern I had was getting through some of the brush that crowds the edge of those roads. I didn't want to scratch her up!
Look, I know this thing isn't for everyone. It's big, expensive to own, and is a flavor most truck folk don't always trend too. Living in West LA, all you see are Prius, 3 Series, A4's and a few Escalades. This thing is a contrarian finger to all that and I dig it.There are great vehicles for specific tasks. The Raptor allowed me to do all the things I've been wanting to do for a long time all in one package with great ease and comfort. Pure awesome.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 10,162 miles