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After two days of harsh off-road conditions and on-road handling, the 2017 F-150 Raptor came out on top, scoring the highest truck honors in the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest.

The awards weren't handed out lightly; nearly thirty members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, tested the contenders to determine which deserved accolades. In total, 27 crossover and sport utility vehicles participated in the Mudfest in premium compact, family, pickups, premium, compact and extreme capability segments. With its 3.5L V6 engine, 450 horsepower and 8,000-pound towing capacity, it's no surprise that the Raptor performed as well as it did.

“The pickups category was extremely tough this year,” Tuan Huynh, the event chair of the NWAPA Mudfest, Northwest Automotive Press Association, said. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.” Watch more in the video below!



This win is one of many the Raptor's picked up this year; recently, it was dubbed Pickup Truck of the Year by FOUR WHEELER and Best Pickup for 2017 by Cars.com.

The F-150 Raptor and its more classic sibling are available for you to test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. Stop on by!
Take a drive to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to bring home a new or used Ford F-150 Raptor today. The purpose-built Raptor is crafted with performance upgrades and all-new technology that overshadow its predecessor and make it stand out amongst other trucks in its class. For that reason, the all-new Raptor was recently named "Pickup Truck of the Year" in the 2017 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence awards.

According to Popular Mechanics' editors, the 2017 F-150 Raptor was the "vehicle that transcends the competition" after a yearlong evaluation, one that compared it across every class of trucks. Thanks to its purpose-built design, the Raptor shines with its high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and its six-mode Terrain Management System™. The cherry on top? Its military-grade, aluminum-alloy body shaves 500 pounds off of its total weight, compared to the previous model. Watch more in the video below:



“The Raptor is to a standard F-150 what Bruce Banner is to the Incredible Hulk," Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics automotive editor, said. "You can do 60 mph across terrain that would have most trucks smashing their oil pans at 30.”

Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2017 ford f-150 raptor for sale seattle washingtonThe Ford F-150 pickup is one of the most popular trucks - new and used - flying off the lot at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, thanks to its 3.5L EcoBoost® engine with a 10-speed transmission and a 12,200-lb. maximum tow rating. The F-150 Raptor builds upon the fundamentals of its predecessor, cutting hundreds of pounds of weight and dominating off-road terrain with its purpose-built features that can take a beating.

According to a recently released Ford statement, the Raptor will soon be available in China as well.

“The F-150 Raptor has created a lot of buzz among Chinese customers since it was revealed for the first time last year and we are extremely excited to have it arriving in our showrooms in China, ready to be delivered to customers,” Peter Fleet, the vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Asia Pacific, said.

Even for truck owners with high standards, the second-generation Raptor delivers. For buyers in China, it'll be exported as a four-door SuperCrew model that's integrated with an advanced six-mode Terrain Management System™ that includes  Baja 1000.

Check out the F-150 trucks on our lot at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
The brand-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, which boasts 450 horsepower and a towing capacity of up to 8,000 pounds, is available now at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. But you can also find it on "Born to Baja," the newest FordVR story from the Blue Oval team. 

The virtual reality video puts the spotlight on the Raptor as it swerves through swirls of dust and bounds over rocky terrain over 36 hours. The route is relentless, but ultimately no match for the 2017 Raptor. Watch it in the video below:


 
“We are excited to debut this virtual reality story, a first for the all-new Raptor,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance's Global Marketing Manager, said of the video. “’Born to Baja’ showcases the Built Ford Tough attitude that is at the heart of this performance monster. This grueling race proves once again that we have the most-capable, production off-road truck in the industry.”
 
The F-150 Raptor is on the lot today at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Test-drive it today and stay tuned to learn more about the "Born to Baja" feature!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for sale seattle washingtonNow featured in Ford's latest virtual reality video, "Born to Baja," the F-150 Raptor - available at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington - takes center stage to show off its 3.5-liter V6 engine, lightweight body and hefty towing capacity, all wrapped up in a package that can take on any terrain. 

The video, narrated by Ford brand ambassador Denis Leary, walks viewers from the Raptor assembly line to the finish line of a race in the Baja peninsula. The video alludes to the stock Raptor's completion of the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in November 2016, which was a true test of the truck's toughness.
 
“The race’s exotic setting and exciting visual elements made it a perfect fit for our FordVR app,” Darci Gurney, the Digital Marketing Manager at Ford Motor Company, said. “Our virtual reality platform allows us to tell dramatic and impactful stories, showing the surprising side of the Ford brand. ‘Born to Baja’ does just that.”
 
Download FordVR for iOS and Android devices in the United States today, and learn more about the Raptor at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
2017 ford f-150 raptor for sale seattle washingtonTruck drivers, take note: new and used Ford F-150 trucks are available at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. The F-150 Raptor, in particular, is sure to fly off of the lots even faster than usual, thanks to its recently earned "Must Test Drive" award from Autotrader.

Autotrader's accolade is one of many that the Raptor's picked up in a short span of time - the truck was named 
Truck of the Year from FOUR WHEELER, AutoGuide.com and Cars.com not long before. The recognition is aptly earned; the F-150 Raptor is purpose-built, adding to its predecessor's highlights with all-new technology and gains across the board. The Raptor also stands out with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that puts out 510 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a six-mode Terrain Management System™. And what the Raptor gains in upgrades, it loses in weight. The truck is crafted with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that shaves off 500 pounds compared to the previous model.

There's no time like the present to buy or lease your F-150 Raptor from Sound Ford. Stop by today for a test-drive!


2017 ford raptor for sale seattle washingtonDon't wait to come down to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, where our team is ready to help you find the new or used truck of your dreams. Interested in a twist on the classic Ford F-150? The all-new F-150 Raptor was recently deemed by Autotrader as a "Must Test Drive" vehicle for 2017, an accolade that is sure to move the truck to the top of many drivers' wish lists. 

With 450 horsepower and a 3.5 liter V6 engine, the Raptor wields power and grit capable of conquering any terrain. Autotrader's editors, in many ways, are simply reiterating what Raptor drivers have sung praises of for months - the designation is a consumer-focused award program, one that recognizes 12 vehicles based on a myriad of criteria.

“For all the awards and accolades owners and the media have bestowed upon the all-new F-150 Raptor, the only way to truly understand how incredible this truck has become is to get to a Ford dealer and get behind the wheel,” Todd Eckert, Ford truck group's marketing manager, said of the Raptor.

Find the Raptor that's perfect for you at Sound Ford today, and stay tuned to learn more!

Autoblog.com's recent reveal of its "15 New Cars and Trucks That Will Still Be Cool in 2027" list highlights vehicles with what may be described as a "lasting factor" - a vehicle's potential to stay popular amongst car buyers over time. Number nine on the list is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Watch it in the video below:


The Raptor's trendiness is inherent to the truck, according to the Autoblog team. The first-generation Raptor provided the foundation for what the second generation takes up a notch. It comes in notably lighter - five hundred pounds lighter, to be specific - which is attributable to its all-aluminum body and bed. The new Raptor also has four-wheel drive and uses Fox Racing Shox, which is a reputable feature for off-roaders; in addition, it has a driver-adjustable Terrain Management System with six settings and a twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Although the Raptor's predicted to stand the tests of time, now is as good of a time as any to test-drive one at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Stop by today!

2017 Ford Raptor for sale seattle washingtonThird time's the charm for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, although one would argue that the first and second instances were pretty charmed as well. AutoGuide.com recently awarded the Raptor its Pickup Truck of the Year title, adding to the Raptor's Best Pickup Truck of 2017 and Pickup Truck of the Year accolades from Cars.com and Four Wheeler, respectively. 

“The 2017 Raptor is the whole package. It’s not just suspension or just appearance. Ford left no stone unturned with this purpose-built Baja runner, and it shows,” Stephen Elmer, AutoGuide.com's trucks editor, said in a statement.

The F-150 Raptor proved itself during testing in Barstow, California, earning high praise from Autoguide.com's judges. In particular, the truck was noted for its innovation, dollar value and overall driving experience.


Visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive the Raptors on our lot today!
The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is officially en route to China, where soon-to-be owners are waiting with anticipation. According to a recent Ford release, the Blue Oval just began processing shipments of the high-performance, off-road pickup - the first noted instance of any U.S.-built F-Series truck being exported to China.

Domestic and international fans of the Raptor will appreciate its strong engine, suspension and chassis, all of which enable it to dominate a wide spectrum of terrain challenges. Watch it in action in the video below:



“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” Joe Hinrichs, For'ds president of The Americas, said in a Ford statement. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

The exported Raptor is a four-door Supercrew model, equipped with updated technologies that will appeal to forward-looking drivers. The F-150 Raptor is also characterized by its military-grade, aluminum-alloy cab, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, and Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission.

“Raptor’s unique looks and capability have generated amazing buzz at every auto show we’ve brought it to around China,” David Schoch, Ford group vice president and president for Ford Asia Pacific, said in the same release. “F-150 Raptor is another example of our commitment to offer a wide range of vehicles for customers in China – everything from SUVs to high-performance cars and trucks.”

Learn more about the Raptor at Sound Ford in Seattle Washington and test-drive the trucks on our lot!
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