Ford Bronco Raptor an off-road gem

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Taking rugged looks and performance to another level

Roseville, California – This is one monster SUV that runs like a Jeep. Actually, it is Ford Bronco Raptor It resembles a large jeep, designed to compete head-to-head with the venerable Jeep Wrangler.

We sampled a revised Ford Bronco SUV a year ago and were impressed with its rugged appeal. However, the Raptor—9.8 inches wide, 4.8 inches high and 1.6 inches longer than the standard Bronco—takes tough looks and performance to another level.

Off-road beast

The all-new Ford Bronco Raptor also offers significantly more performance, longer suspension and larger tires than the standard Bronco. As one might surmise, the Raptor is a beast in off-road situations because it accelerates quickly, scales over rocks and boulders, and can easily dig itself out of mud or snow.

The Raptor is equipped with a significantly improved suspension and parts borrowed from the F-150 Raptor pickup truck. It sits 13.1 inches off the ground and has massive 37-inch wheels. It measures 191 inches in length, 85.7 inches in width, and 77.8 inches in height.

Its off-road arsenal includes front and rear locking gears, a break-bar and a dual-range transfer case with a good creep ratio. It also has updated steering components and wider track width—73.6 inches in the rear and 73.2 inches in the front.

The Raptor has great looks, especially the three amber lights in the middle of the front grille. Note that lights are required on vehicles exceeding a certain width. The exterior also features large fender flares and has been assembled, ready for appeal.

normal driving

We’ve established that the Bronco Raptor can chase when off-road, but how does it perform in normal driving situations? The answer is pretty good for a rough and tumble camper. Be careful though, because the big tires will require the driver to just focus on keeping them between the white lines.

Admittedly, it’s not easy squeezing the 5,764-pound car into a parking space. But when it’s time to park, it’s great to have standard parking sensors and a surround-view camera to help get comfortable in a spot. Standard driving safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The Bronco Raptor has a single, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, V6 engine that makes 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s pretty fast for a big guy, going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The 4,500 lb. towing capacity is another plus, but getting 15-16 mpg is a huge downside.

At a Glance – Ford Bronco Raptor

  • Performance: 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged, V6, 418 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 15-16 mpg
  • Estimated price: $71,100 to $80,300
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; Drivetrain: 5 years/60,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 5 years/60,000; Corrosion: 5 years / unlimited
Interior photo of the Ford Bronco Raptor

Indoor facilities

The Raptor mirrors the interior dimensions and styling of the regular Bronco. It gets a nod above the Wrangler in terms of interior comfort, due to its wider seats, better bolstering, and solid head and leg room.

We had no major issues getting used to the 12-inch touch screen. The Bronco has Ford’s latest infotainment software. It comes standard with heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both rows contain a USB-A and USB-C port.

It also has a smart shelf at the top of its dash that can mount smartphones and GoPros to create unforgettable videos on those off-road trips.

the Ford Bronco Raptor is a great choice for anyone who truly appreciates a great off-road vehicle. It’s very capable in these situations, but also performs well in normal driving. Overall, Ford offers a solid alternative to the Jeep Wrangler.

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