• Dec 10, 2010
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's good to know that there's still some sense left in the world. The minds at Four Wheeler have announced that of all the excellent pickup trucks for sale right now, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 is king of the heap. The magazine has officially crowned the big Blue Oval as its Truck of the Year, saying that the go-fast off-roader is every four-wheel-drive enthusiast's dream machine straight from the factory. After our stints behind the wheel of the Raptor, we're inclined to agree.

Four Wheeler has been choosing a truck of the year since 1989, and to classify, a model must be new or significantly revised compared to its predecessor. This year, the magazine lined up the Raptor alongside the Ford Super Duty Power Stroke Lariat FX4 and the Chevrolet 2500 Silverado Z71, but it was the Ford's bird of prey that came out on top. You can check out the full report in the March 2011 issue of Four Wheeler, which is set to hit the stands in January, logically.


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[Source: Four Wheeler]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The choice of the Border Patrol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a car guy, but I would definitely own this truck.
      It is pretty cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I don't see people taling about is how this truck does on trails, in sand, or mud. Might not be a fair comparison but id like to see the raptor vs the frontier pro 4x and the trd tacoma.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um... , I'm gonna stick my neck out here. Having worked on the marketing for this truck, I can tell you that the business case for this truck was NOT made to Ford brass by telling them "We're going to make a million and sell them to soccer moms!"

      Raptors are being built in limited numbers and sold by dealers in regions where off-road and desert racing are important markets. Yes, some of them will end up in wanna-bees garages, but a significant number will end up in the hands of the enthusiasts for whom the truck is intended.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that's true, and it is being built in limited numbers, that would make it the world's fist 'Supertruck'.

        Exclusivity, performance, and presence. The trifecta truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Raptor is deserving of this award. Could be the best factory truck ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Personally I saw we stop worrying about what other people drive or why and simply enjoy the things we like, and let others enjoy what they like. If i want to buy a h1 hummer and never take it offroad, that is my right. just like it is your right to buy a prius if thats what makes you happy. No one else should have any say in my choice of car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @pm - No one is forcing you to by anything. This is an award. Kinda like a Miss America winner. Sure, she may be pretty and alot of people want her, but I would rather have non-winner Eva Mendes, and I don't care what anyone else thinks.

        Shoot, there's even people that want Rosie O'Donnell. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I applaud Ford for a job well done, I still think this is even worse than buying a Hummer for street use. Yeah, I know everybody will say that they're gonna take it off-road but, you know that's BS. The vast majority of these will NEVER see any real off-roading, and that's a real shame. But it's the American way I guess. The land of posers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't disagree but your comment could be said of Mustang GTs, Corvettes, Ferraris, Lambos, GT-Rs etc. How many will even see one redline shift much less be wrung out anywhere near their max? I am glad we have choices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I somehow doubt most will never go off road. It does not seem like the truck that would appeal to most as a daily driver, especially when considering the price tag and limited numbers.

        The trucks you refer to were/are not targeted at niche groups like this is. I would guess it is probably not comfortable or practical for anything else but playing in.

        You probably won't see many east of the Mississippi given its purpose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can Ford build one Ford Excursion with all the Raptor goodies? I bet it will sell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrible basic pickup approach angle, horrific departure angle, and a muffler hanging right behind the tire and below the bumper. The Raptor is a glorified dirt road runner, nothing more. For rednecks who want to break speed limits on back country roads, not for off-roading enthusiasts.

      Ford can make it a true off-road machine by working on the basics, like actually being able to get your tires on an obstacle without destroying your bumpers and exhaust.

      But I'm sure it impresses the people who never set tires on any real trail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        crawling is for babies not birds of prey.
        • 4 Years Ago
        written by "4x4 King". That's funny right there!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The truck was never designed for crawing rocks for deep mud. It's a baja type truck, nothing more, nothing less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, virgin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This truck is on my want list. Truly amazing. ....... Course it could still use more power :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      and of the decade as well
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Tedbell: The reason it could win Truck of The Year is that this particular award was given by Four Wheeler magazine which is an off-road enthusiast publication. You might notice that Motor Trend, which is more main stream, picked something else for their TOTY. As a true off-road TRUCK there simply is and never has been anything else that even comes close. To certain other commenters, this particular award is also not titled SUV of the year.
      I personally would never own a Raptor even though I think it is an awesome truck. It is only a little more practical than a Lightning as a daily driver. I have a 4x4 Sport Trac for daily driver use and a lifted 1975 Bronco for when I want to play in the dirt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Without a doubt, it deserves it.

      The Raptor is an awesome vehicle. I am a car guy, but I get really excited when I see one driving around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How could it not??!

        when the true off-roaders drool over, when SEMA weeps because it cant outdo the factory, you know Ford has a winner.

        kudos to everyone at Ford for bringing this to fruition- from the vision to the budgeting to the execution.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm the opposite, I'm a car and motorcycle guy and the Raptor does little for me. I do not want one.
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