Vital Stats

Engine:
6.2L V8
Power:
411 HP / 434 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
7 Seconds (est.)
Drivetrain:
Four-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
6,113 LBS
Seating:
2+3
MPG:
11 City / 16 HWY
Base Price:
$46,240
I'm not normally a pickup kind of guy, but the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor won me over nearly instantly. The street-legal trophy truck – there is really no other way to accurately describe it – is big, brawny and incredibly capable. Let's just say it's every bit the monster it visually portrays. I spent a week pretending I was one of Ford's Baja 1000 drivers, but lacking desert sand, I headed into the local mountains where a mild winter storm had dropped a couple inches of fresh snow on my favorite off-road park. The Ford was, for the most part, practically unstoppable.

Ford offers its SVT Raptor package on Supercab and Supercrew platforms with the five-foot, five-inch bed. The Supercrew I tested rides on a 144-inch wheelbase (about a foot longer than the Supercab). In addition to its cosmetic differences when compared to the standard F-150 – there isn't a young boy on the planet who doesn't think the matte black Ford grille is cool – the Raptor has a 73.6-inch track – nearly seven inches wider than the track on the standard F-150.

After upgrading the F-150 SVT Raptor significantly for the 2012 model year, there are only a few changes for 2013. The list includes standard high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, Hill Descent Control, forged beadlock-capable wheels, and the new matte Terrain color (aka "Desert Storm") option seen on my test model.

Driving Notes
  • The SVT Raptor grabs plenty of attention whether driving through a grocery store parking lot or bounding down the highway. Physically massive, it is amusing to watch other drivers move out of its way – nobody even considered cutting me off. Opinions were split on the new Terrain color. People either liked it or hated it. I liked it, as it hid dirt impressively well and it was a nice contrast to the trim and optional graphics without being overly loud like the Race Red or Blue Flame.
  • Nobody will question the power coming from the big-bore 6.2-liter V8. Its exhaust note is frightening, but so is its fuel consumption. I missed the EPA's ratings by a long shot, never seeing double digits around town. In fact, I found it challenging to hit 13 miles per gallon on the open highway. The six-speed transmission is sturdy and only about average when it comes to smoothness, though it never skipped a beat.
  • The commanding view, comfortable seats, spacious cab and kitchen-like storage space made the Supercrew very popular with passengers. The additional row of three-passenger seating, easily accessible through the second set of full-size doors, seemed to provide more legroom than an airport shuttle Lincoln Town Car. I found the backup camera a lifesaver, as I often had no idea what those LT315/70R17 All-Terrain tires were rolling over. The Raptor needs an all-around camera system (and, why can't the excellent front-facing camera work during parking maneuvers?)
  • Off-road, the Raptor was plush. Triple-bypass Fox Racing Shox, aluminum front suspension arms and generous wheel travel turned washboard surfaces smooth and absorbed impacts with aplomb. I never tried to jump 90 feet, but I did fly over several big berms at the wrong speed. I'd hold my breath, waiting for the suspension to crash into its bump stops – but the undercarriage absorbed the impact as if we were dropping into a down pillow. While its wide track improves stability at speed, its broad shoulders did keep the SVT off several of the narrower trails that I had enjoyed previously in the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (the Ford is a full foot wider).
  • Wet snow over deep sticky mud is challenging to any 4x4, even the Raptor. Following snow-covered trails, I tried to keep it in two-wheel drive as long as possible. The truck nearly bogged-down a few times, but it was never something the electronic locking rear differential and the Torsen front differential couldn't get me out of. Rain-sensing wipers, not available on the Raptor, would have helped keep the muck off the front windshield and allowed me to keep both hands on the wheel when splashing around.
  • On-road, the ride wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected it to be. There was a constant background noise from the tread blocks and the occasional shutter over uneven pavement, but the ride was never choppy or harsh. In fact, after a few days my sports-car-tuned equilibrium found the Raptor more than enjoyable in the handling department too. Yes, I could live with this big truck every single day. I'm even quite sure that I would eventually learn how to park it without placing one of its rear wheels on the curb!


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  • 55 Comments
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not in the market for an Expedition but I wonder if they have thought about offering a Raptor Expedition. I would prefer the open-box F-150 but I'm sure some SUV buyers would also be interested in the Raptor treatment.
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        That\'s a fantastic concept. Instead of making SRT/M SUVs, why not \"Raptor\" them? That\'ll actually make more sense. Think about a Jeep GC done up in a similar way would be awesome. I\'m sure they\'ll find buyers for it.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @telm12345
          You can make buyers for anything. I'd be curious to know how many of these actually get used for their intended purpose and aren't just daily driven to the office. With that being said, I still think you'd sell more SRT GC's in current form than you would some off road tech loaded version similar to a raptor.
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome color. Brands should offer more variaty of colors like the good old days.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      This truck probly is fun but its underpowered.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zizixx89
        411 bhp isn't enough for you?
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          its got plenty, sounds like 0 -60 are of more importance to you tha whats necessary in a pickup........google Torque zizi....
          RampantFury
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          550 would be nice.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zizixx89
        no its not.....it may have been with the 5.4 due to the wheel tire size, but the 6.2 has got plenty...still want more?....call Hennesey
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Id rather get the mercedes 6x6. Now thats a beast
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      ALL HAIL RAPTOR
      XJ Yamaha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome truck, but the engine seems too low tech for this day and age.
      BigCobra22
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a small problem with someone who is 'not normally a pickup kind of guy' reviewing a pickup. You mention little things that normal truck drivers would not add as a bullet-point: ~ background noise from the tread blocks ~ The Raptor needs an all-around camera system ~ Rain-sensing wipers, not available on the Raptor, would have helped keep the muck off the front windshield and allowed me to keep both hands on the wheel when splashing around None of these are actual issues but rather the differences between driving an everyday sedan vs. driving a purpose-built machine for going places most vehicles can't and shouldn't be included on a list of things you found wrong with it. This truck wasn't built for you, it was built for A) A rich kid that wants to sit higher than an M3 or B) Someone that wants to hit a jump in their truck and have it covered under warranty. Good pictures. Good wording. Bad review.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BigCobra22
        I'm willing to bet that the Raptor snags quite a few "not normally a pickup kind of guy" and convinces them to sign on the dotted line. It's a good sporty truck. Rain-sensing wipers are invaluable, especially when an unexpected wall of muddy water obstructs the windshield and almost causes you to run over your photographer. In any case, thanks for two compliments and some frank feedback. - Mike
          SloopJohnB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Rain sensing wipers don't work unless they're turned on....
          telm12345
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Touche Mike, I agree that some Raptor shoppers aren't "pickup guys." (Frankly, it's sad to think how many will not see any real off-roading at all...)
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          And you cant leave them on because if the windshield is dusty and light hits the rain sensor, it will think the dust is droplets of water and activate the wipers for no reason.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Invaluable??????? Wow AB really gets the bottom of the barrel.
      Preston
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved my Raptor. It was a bit of an adjustment coming from a MB CLK430, but once you get used to the size of the vehicle, it's so much fun.
      mayonayzejr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2013 screw. Replaced my CoD rubicon. I live in the country and drive dirt roads with plenty of rough, washboard type sections which are frequently washed out in rain. The Reptar kills it. The rubi was fun, but it skittered over washboards and would start to get sideways at any speed over 10mph. Plus the truck has much improved crash and safety ratings compared to the rubi; which my wife appreciates when I'm rolling with my baby girl in the back. Which is crazy spacious!!! It's my DD and I'm getting 14.2 mpg at 7500 miles. Rancher quad and muddy mono-cog work much better in the bed than in a tow behind in the rubi. Love this rig! Headers up for this summer! :)
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mayonayzejr
        Yeah, the Rubicon is really more set up for hardcore terrain, not fast cruising on semi-rough stuff. Very different objectives with each design.
      Ridgie30
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you can afford a Raptor, you can afford the gas!
      TsarBomba
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like that new Terrain color. What a fantastic truck, and in that color it has a bit of understatement. Now... if only I could convince the wife...
      d
      • 1 Year Ago
      For matte paint it sure shows a lot of reflections. So it's a factory applied enamel without a clear coat. Or in other words, the bargain basement Maaco finish.
        William Jenkins
        • 1 Year Ago
        @d
        It's a flat color (no metallic flake) not a matte finish. It also has a clear coat on it.
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