Evidently the thing we like most about our Ford F-150 Raptor is spinning its odometer at ridiculous rates: Since its arrival in April of last year we’ve already ticked through 27,000 miles. This truck, on its surface, seems an unlikely choice for over-the-road travel, but it gets used often for that since it’s as capable of gently swallowing highway miles as it is of eating Michigan chuckholes. Despite its 34-inch-tall BFGoodrich rubber and refrigerator-in-a-wind-tunnel aero profile, the enormous rig sails down the road with the silence and serenity of an air-hockey puck. The arrival of Michigan winter coincided with the need for new rubber, leading to our discovery that, at full tread depth, the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 is a very reasonable winter tire. Even on hard-packed snow, the tires dig in and churn the white stuff into frozen pulp. Speaking of winter-specific features, this F-150’s remote-start function saves us the burden of being cold while we annoy our neighbors by roostertailing powder off the unplowed subdivision roads. There’s a lot to like here.
Two editors complained about the truck’s periodic refusal to unlock its doors on the first tug of the handle when using its passive-entry function. Sometimes two or three yanks are required before it decides to allow access, but the problem is erratic so we’ve not yet seen the dealer for it. We’ve discovered that our SuperCrew Raptor, at 19.3 feet in length, is too long for smaller garages. We also recorded an egregious 8-mpg fill-up while towing a 22-foot, 3500-pound fully laden snowmobile trailer to northern Michigan. But that should be balanced against tanks of 11 and 13 mpg while towing a 5000-pound open car trailer to the same region. To date, our, ahem, “EcoBoosted” Raptor is averaging 14 mpg, 2 mpg shy of its EPA combined rating.
Our first-update worries about oil in the intake tract have largely abated; as of this writing, there has been no additional evidence. At 24,000 miles we swapped all four tires, a $1040 endeavor including mounting and balancing. A $150 routine oil change and inspection at 20,000 miles was exactly that and included replacement of both the cabin and engine air filters. Otherwise, we haven’t even added any fluids.
WHERE WE WENT: Multiple trips to northern Michigan are accounted for in the Raptor’s logbook. These are both recreational and utilitarian, including hauling snowmobiles for play or junk cars we’re no longer allowed to keep at the office. One nontowing adventure found the Raptor deep in the Upper Peninsula flirting with Wisconsin. The holidays included a trip to Franklin, Tennessee. Each of these trips bears out more of the Raptor’s personality, which is usually accompanied by a turbo-muffled growl that sounds something like, “Relax, I got this,” followed by a gross display of power and often some flying road surface. And thus far the truck does, in fact, have it.