2010 Ford F-150 Long Term Road Test - Introduction

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Introduction?

July 28, 2010

Read our 30,000-mile wrap-up of this vehicle.

If you haven't been to the West to see Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land, you may not fully appreciate what Ford gave us when it rolled out the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 4x4. Compared with a traditional F-150, the SVT Raptor is more expensive, less functional and huge.

The knobby tires are almost 35 inches tall, it takes premium fuel, and massive fender flares and huge mirrors threaten the integrity of every wall and parking structure post. But when faced with an endless landscape of sand, Joshua trees and washes, the 411-horsepower 6.2-liter SVT Raptor's faults are forgiven. Open the taps and let the louder exhaust roar, and the custom-designed Fox shocks will deal with whatever comes their way.

But at the end of the day, the Ford Raptor is still a Ford F-150. It has to be able to perform on the road at least half decently. There's a lot of desert to play in around here, but there's also a lot of concrete. We'll subject our new long-term road test vehicle, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2, to both over the next 12 months and 20,000 miles.

Why We Bought It
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for what seems like forever, yet Inside Line hasn't had one in the fleet since the Long-Term Road Test Blog began. That seemed like a problem to us.

In our most recent full-size truck showdown, the 2009 F-150 came in dead last. Sure it had a solid interior and ride, but the 5.4-liter 310-hp V8 pulling nearly 6,000 pounds of truck was the definition of weak sauce. It was slow, got poor fuel economy and couldn't handle a trailer as well as the other vehicles in the group.

We felt similarly about the powertrain in the first Ford SVT Raptor we tested. It wasn't as crucial with the Raptor as it's pretty much a toy, but the notion of 100 extra horses being handy was certainly mentioned.

With the new 6.2-liter V8 we get 411 hp and 434 pound-feet of torque, which is 101 more hp and 69 lb-ft more torque that the 5.4-liter. The 6.2-liter uses the same six-speed transmission and weighs slightly more. So much so (6,006 pounds) that Ford isn't required to have its fuel economy tested. Loophole much?

But of course this isn't apples/apples with a standard F-150. Because of the weight of the vehicle and the soft, desert-hugging suspension, payload is down to only 930 pounds and towing capacity is 6,000. Still, that should be enough to haul a motorcycle or project car.

What We Bought
We didn't want orange. And we didn't want graphics. OK, we'd take the optional graphics, but we weren't taking orange. Other than that, the entire field was in play.

We found some well-optioned Raptors with Sync and nav and heated seats and power passenger seat and $50,000 price tags. Then we remembered we have smartphones and jackets and we drive rather than being driven, and it already has a power driver seat, leather, Sirius Satellite Radio, Sync and cool off-road LT315/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires. What else is there?

Our man on the street found a Tuxedo Black Raptor without graphics, without nav and without any unnecessary fluff. Well, except for the bed step ($375 tailgate step), we could do without that. But otherwise, the options are solid: rearview camera, bed extender, trailer brake controller and, most importantly of all, the $3,000 6.2-liter V8.

Lots of Questions, Fewer Answers
So it took 411 hp and a Baja pre-runner-style body and suspension, but we've finally added a Ford F-150 to the Inside Line long-term test fleet. Certainly the sandy excursions will help, but is the 6.2-liter V8 enough to make up for the 6,000-pound curb weight? Is the novelty of all-terrain tires with deep grooves and aggressive nubs going to get old? Will the tires wear prematurely due to street driving? If so, when?

There are some answers with this truck. but there are just as many questions. For the next 12 months and 20,000 miles, we hope to answer as many as possible. Oh, and have a ton of fun ripping through, well, anywhere that our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 will fit.

Current Odometer: 917.7
Best Fuel Economy: 12.4
Worst Fuel Economy: 10.6
Average Fuel Economy: 11.6

Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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