The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Delivers On Its On-Road and Off-Road Capabilities

The Ford F-150 has held the top-selling truck category for 40 years, as well as the best-selling vehicle among all car classes for 35 years. One of the newest model options to the F-150 series lineup is the Raptor. This design incorporates a wide range of on-road and off-road features that will take you just about anywhere you want to go.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Before you discount the price tag of the high-end performance Raptor, it also comes packed with many luxury features found in upscale luxury vehicle lines. Ford packed in a host of options that come standard, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front Seats with Heating and Cooling
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Automatic Keyless Entry
  • Terrain Management System
  • Power Tailgate
  • Advanced Infotainment System
  • 360-degree Backup/Blind Spot Camera System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Prevention
  • Off-Road Wheel Monitoring

In addition, the camera system and blind spot monitoring also extend whenever the Raptor is being used to pull a camper, boat, or trailer behind it. Ford even made sure the Raptor provided a smooth, quiet ride, typically found in higher-end luxury SUVs.

The Raptor was carefully designed by Ford’s design team to deliver the on-road capabilities people enjoy in other F-150 models, as well as provide the performance needed for off-road driving. Whether you want quick acceleration or rugged off-road handling, this vehicle delivers.

Ford also incorporated a military-grade, high-strength alloy body, with a steel frame, and other sturdy exterior features to meet the most demanding of off-road environments, while reducing the overall weight of the truck by around 500 pounds, compared to the previous Raptor model, and still delivering 450 horsepower at 510 pounds of torque.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The F-150 Raptor is not just for show, either. It has been put through the paces at various testing events across the country. Just this year, alone, the Raptor has already been awarded:

  • The “Must Test Drive” Award from Autotrader
  • The “Truck of the Year” Awards from both and Popular Mechanics
  • The “Best Pickup for 2017” Award from
  • The “Pickup Truck of the Year” Award from Four Wheeler

Along with these awards, the Raptor was just named the “Best Pickup” by the Northwest Automotive Press Association during the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest. This two-day event featured stiff competition from 27 different types of vehicles in 6 different categories, including:

  • Pickups
  • Compact
  • Extreme Compact
  • Premium
  • Family
  • Extreme Capability

The Raptor was put through a series of intensive on-road and off-road tests, which featured a mud run through an off-road course full of muck! In the end, it was a top favorite by the 28 members that got to experience the Raptor firsthand and test its limits during the 2-day event.

To learn more about the Ford F-150 Raptor and the awards it has won or to check out our latest inventories of F-150 pickups, please feel free to stop by your nearest Community Cars authorized Ford dealership in Indianapolis or call us at 888-340-0339 today!