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First Drive Review- 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

In the full-size truck world, bigger is better. The big 3 American truck producers have always had a great rivalry. Most truck enthusiasts choose one brand for life, tattoo said brand on their arm for all to see and damn all other brands to hell. After driving multiple generations of Dodge Rams, Ford F-Series, and GM trucks, I’ve made my choice as to which I would buy- Ford F-Series. The particular trim level is one of the most well-known and popular trim levels of the current generation F-150- the SVT Raptor.

Popular between Baja 1000 racers and weekend wheelers alike, the SVT Raptor is arguably the most offroad capable truck available from the factory. Standard equipment includes 4-wheel drive (duh) with an electronic locking rear differential, BFG All-Terrain tires, hill descent control, skid plates, long-travel Fox suspension, upgraded control arms and the beastly 6.2L V8.

Surprisingly, the big V8 is quiet, I presume due to the factory exhaust, but beneath the muffled sound, you can hear the throaty and hearty nature.  The steering is nicely assisted, the wheel features generous grip bolsters, and the backup camera is much appreciated when hooking up a trailer, or just trying to not smash in the bumper of the scared little Nissan Versa you’re backing up in front of.  In addition to the rear facing camera, the SVT Raptor also features a forward facing camera, accessible in 4WD Low Range or when “Offroad Mode” is selected under 5MPH. Upfitter switches allow for aftermarket electrical accessories (winch, offroad lights etc) to be wired cleanly and in a way that appears OEM.

Standard Sony sound system offers great sound quality, and the amplified subwoofer adds a great, hearty thump to your tunes.

Be conscious of the widened fenders, and bumper corners when trying to park this monster, power adjustable driver’s seat will help you find a comfortable driving position.

When you purchase a truck, you consciously make sacrifices of fuel economy, maneuverability, and overall cost. However, you buy lots of features- high ride height, inherit safety, towing ability, versatility. Trucks appeal to a wide market, and the F-150 ranges in price from a base model XL starting at just over $25k to a range topping Limited at over $60k (Most people are surprised to find that the Raptor is not the top trim level)

There is my overview of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, comment if you have any questions. Stay tuned for my reviews of Acura’s lineup of SUV’s and luxury sedans, and some offerings from Infiniti.

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