Call it lucky number seven. Out of a vehicle field of that number, the all-new Ford Raptor recently took away the trophy and title of 2017 FOUR WHEELER Pickup Truck of the Year, adding to its growing library of accolades. Prior to that, it also scored Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2017 award.
“The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is the truck equivalent of an amusement park thrill ride,” Ken Brubaker, the editor of FOUR WHEELER, said in a statement. “Compared to its predecessor, which also had a very commanding stance, the new Raptor has more ground clearance and a significantly wider track that makes it look incredibly aggressive.” Watch the Raptor prove its worth in the video below:
To come out above the rest, the Raptor had to earn high points in tests that took place over the span of a week. Included in the tests were challenges related to harsh conditions, such as driving over 1,000 off-road miles through rocky roads, sand and snow. Around the Southern California area, the Raptor also took to the track for additional testing, giving a strong performance with best-in-field 0-to-60-mph and quarter-mile times with the help of its high-output EcoBoost® V6.
Compared to its older sibling, the new Raptor has updated performance gains and technology that caught the eyes of FOUR WHEELER judges. In addition to its powerful engine, the truck also has a six-mode Terrain Management System™ and a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that shaves off a notable 500 pounds of weight compared to the previous model. Raptor die-hards will also appreciate the truck's upgraded FOX Shocks, which enables suspension travel to increase to 13 inches at the front and 13.9 at the rear.
The brand-new Raptor is sure to impress any off-road driver. Take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!