Ford’s New Maverick is a Small, Fuel-Efficient Pickup for the Rest of Us
It doesn’t have the hauling or towing capacity of, say, an F-150. But its sedan-esque cab and hack-able bed broaden its capability. Standard hybrid ekes out 40 mpg city (37 combined) to make the Maverick the most fuel-efficient pickup on the marketAlso available with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that bumps horsepower and torque to 250 hp and 277 lb-ft, respectively (up from the standard 191 and 155)1,500-pound hauling capacity, 2,000 pounds of towing Starting MSRP: $19,995 Learn More Recently, I was talking with my dad, and he mentioned how much he wanted the new Ford F-150 Lightning. I don’t blame him.
Punchy twin-turbo V-6
Rad race-inspired styling
Spacious, high-tech cabin
Still waiting for V-8 Raptor R
Towing and hauling capabilities are only decent
Pit Viper sunglasses not included
Ubiquitous the Ford F-150 may be, but the Raptor model transforms it into something far more than a simple, work-focused pickup truck. Ford first used the Raptor nameplate in 2010, and it has gone on to become something of a sub-brand that denotes variants focused on high-speed off-road performance. As the F-150 was fully redesigned for 2021, a new Raptor was inevitable. Read on to see what we expect from the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor.
As huge fans of prior F-150 Raptor trucks, our anticipation for the latest version is high. Few vehicles have a breadth of capability like the Raptor: spacious, high-tech, able to tow and haul, and sporty not only on the road, but on nearly any surface.
From what we've seen, Ford has worked hard to make the new Raptor the best one yet. Numerous hardware components are specifically designed for the Raptor, not shared with any other F-150. Those should make the Raptor more capable than ever on off-road terrain, and perhaps handle even better on pavement. Inside, it appears more high-tech and high-quality than before. Broadened bodywork looks tough as ever, and is now covered in clever details that further distinguish the Raptor from standard F-150 models.
2021 Ford F-150
Pros Available hybrid option Thoughtful exterior design Desert-shredding Raptor model Cons Disappointing brake feel on the hybrid Not as luxurious as the Ram 1500 The F-Series pickup is Ford’s best-selling vehicle by a country mile, so a new F-150 is a big deal. That’s exactly what we have on our hands for 2021, as Ford reveals the 14th-generation F-150, replacing its predecessor that was introduced for the 2015 model year. There's a new Raptor, too. The F-150 sits above the Ranger and below Super Duty F-Series trucks. Upon its release, the new truck will compete with the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan.
For as much as we can't wait to drive the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor, our excitement might only be surpassed by getting to try the F-150 Raptor R.
What Engine Is in the 2022 Ford Raptor?
The Raptor wrings 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, which is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. Ford fans might find these figures familiar—that's because they're exactly the same as the previous Raptor. Nevertheless that output is impressive, and changes to the chassis and suspension could result in slightly quicker acceleration than the 5.2-second 0-60 mph best result we recorded from an earlier Raptor. All that fun comes at the expense of fuel economy; the 2021 Raptor was EPA rated at 14-15/16-18 mpg city/highway depending on trim.
Towing and Payload
Work-ready capability increases in the new Raptor over the outgoing model, but not by much. Towing capacity now tops out at 8,200 pounds and maximum payload rises to 1,400 pounds, each an increase of 200 pounds.
Don't get the Raptor if towing and hauling are most important to you. Other F-150s provide much higher maximums; certain Super Crew models with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 greatly exceed 10,000 pounds of towing and 2,000 pounds of payload capacity.
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Safety Ratings and Features
In 2021 NHTSA crash testing, the F-150 Crew Cab performed well, earning the highest five-star overall safety rating. That factored five-star frontal and side crash scores with a four-star rollover score.
Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist and active safety features is included on the F-150 Raptor. That means adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front and rear automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and rear parking sensors are standard.
Ford Raptor Cab and Bed
For now, the Raptor is offered in only one configuration: four-door, five-seat Super Crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed. Passenger space in the cabin is generous, with both rows of seats providing over 40 inches of headroom and 43 inches of legroom.
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Ford equips the Raptor with plenty of tech that makes it more capable on and off the trail. As standard, it has a 12.0-inch digital gauge display that's customizable with different readouts and Raptor-specific graphics. There's also a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an available 360-degree camera system, and built-in navigation with trail maps. The infotainment suite is upgradable thanks to over-the-air update capability. An 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is offered as an option.
What's the Raptor 37 Performance Package?
As standard, the Raptor rolls on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires. Those give it impressive off-road capabilities, with 12 inches of ground clearance, 31 degrees of approach, 23.9 degrees of departure, and a 22.7-degree breakover angle. However, the optional Raptor 37 Performance package brings a set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires measuring—you guessed it—37 inches in diameter. Those bump ground clearance up to 13.1 inches, and approach, departure, and breakover angles to 33.1, 24.9, and 24.4 degrees, respectively. The truck's Fox shock absorbers are retuned accordingly. Visual cues such as bedside graphics, blue interior upholstery, and carbon-fiber trim further distinguish the Raptor 37 Performance package.
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Will the Ford Raptor Have a V-8?
The performance pickup game changed when Ram released the TRX. With its mighty supercharged V-8, the TRX is the quickest pickup truck we've ever tested—and our 2021 Truck of the Year. Don't think for a second that Ford will let Ram get comfortable with the supertruck crown. The Blue Oval has confirmed that it's working on a hotter version of the Raptor, dubbed Raptor R. The Raptor R will have a V-8, potentially a version of the supercharged 5.2-liter mill found in the Mustang GT500. Output is to be determined, but it should rival the TRX's 702 hp and 650 lb-ft. However the Raptor R takes shape, it'll bring the F-150's performance to new levels.
F-150 Raptor vs. Tremor: What's the Difference?
Designed at least as much for fun as it is for capability, the Raptor is rad but not the greatest at towing and hauling. Other F-150 models have higher limits, but aren't as great off-road. How to remain work-ready while increasing all-terrain prowess? Choose the Tremor package. It can be optioned on several grades of F-150, and adds higher-riding suspension, locking differentials, underbody protection, and styling cues, among other features. Might an F-150 Tremor be a better choice than the Raptor? Check out our guide to see the key differences.
Will There Be Other Raptor Models?
We're deeply disappointed by Ford's refusal to offer the Ranger Raptor for sale in the United States. But a consolation—no, something even better—could be headed our way. A Raptor-ized version of the Ford Bronco appears to be under development, which would contrast the Sasquatch model's low-speed, technical terrain focus with high-speed dune-blasting performance. It'd be something of a tribute to the legendary Big Oly Bronco, and a counterpart to the Bronco R Baja 1000 race truck that's approved for public roads.
Other High-Performance Pickup Trucks:
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Jeep Gladiator Mojave
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
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The letter N is to Hyundai what M is to BMW, RS is to Audi, and AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. Pointing to performance, Hyundai tells us the N moniker represents Namyang, Hyundai’s research and development centre in Korea, and the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany where the N-branded cars are honed. I would also posit N stands for Not-Messing-Around, such are the abilities of 2022 Hyundai Elantra N sedan and Kona N crossover. After a day of flinging these high-performance scrappers around the challenging Sonoma Raceway and a tight autocross circuit, it’s fair to say Hyundai has fashioned a pair of front-drive performance vehicles that put the best on notice.