I have owned a four pickups and a couple of Jeeps in my life, nothing comes close to the capabilities off road of this Raptor. Sure footed in the deep sugar sands or tearing down old logging roads at 50MPH, this truck has great off road capabilities and manners. When you get back on the highway, you are in a for a quiet and comfortable ride, Ford Performance did an amazing job with the ride quality and not compromising the on or off road feel. As for power, the TT3.5 has plenty of power to move this truck with no problem. The 10 speed took some getting used to but it has been a very smooth transmission in its shifting. I no longer slow down coming to train crossings....I just send it.
I just took ownership of a Ford F-150 Platinum. Edmunds didn't allow me to state I have a V6, it forced me to say V8. Anyway, I just drove 600 highway miles between Santa Fe and Ft. Worth area. No a/c, no unusual wind. No speeding or unusual driving. Ford says this truck should get 23 mpg-highway. I got between 15 and 16. I'm not dumb enough to expect exactly 23, but this is so far off, I have to lodge a complaint. I know the fuel history gauge has to be sorta broken in, so I calculated mileage the old fashioned way, dividing miles driven by actual fuel used. What the deal with this $60,000 truck that gets the worst gas mileage of any truck I've ever owned? By the way, Edmunds would let me enter year 2018. It forced me to enter 2017, but truck is new 2018.
Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A)
I just purchased a 2018 Platinum with the 3.5l Ecoboost and rolled over the 1,000 mile mark this week. Let me start by saying there?s a lot to like about this truck. I?ve been a longtime Toyota fan but have to say the initial build quality appears to be on par with anything they make. We?ll see how it holds up over time. There are also so many cool features on this truck it takes awhile to learn all of its capabilities. My favorite things are the awesome sound system, the large moonroof and the feeling of blastoff when you stomp on the accelerator especially at higher speeds. A couple of not so fun things are the turbo lag - yes it?s noticeable from a standstill start and the stupid auto-stop feature that?s now on all Fords. It?s a pain to hit the disable button every time you get in the truck but someone figured out if you put a trailer test light in the rear it won?t activate. You can avoid the turbo lag by going with the V8 version. On the positive side again are the that handling and ride feel really solid and it?s a downright pleasure at highway speeds. Some of the paved roads I drive are pretty rough but the truck absorbs the shocks pretty well (but not as well as my Mercedes SUV). It won?t let you forget that this is still a truck that?s capable of towing over 12,000 lbs for goodness sake. As far as mileage it?s averaging around 20 mpg in mixed use so far. Overall I?d say I?m very happy with the first thousand miles and would buy the same truck again. My primary advice to you as a buyer is to make sure you compare the V8 feel and Ecoboost feel and capabilities before buying so that you?re making an informed purchase.
Before shopping for this vehicle I considered some other options. The Ram 1500 had a much better lease deal, but since I wanted the option to keep the vehicle longer term I decided to lease this Ford. I am now about 3 week into it. It drives overall great, but occasionally I feel some shaking of the transmission. It does it at the lower speed, so still feel its to soon to really know what is going on. My milage was about 22mpg mixed city and highway on week one, then dropped to about 18 so I am also trying to figure out this mystery. I am still driving with the same gas tank from the dealership.