2013 Ford Raptor : Made to Have Mud on the Tires

Disclosure: We were loaned the Ford Raptor for 7 days in order to facilitate this review. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

If you are looking for a truck that is not afraid to get dirty, then the 2013 Ford Raptor is for you! I cannot tell you how much fun we had in this truck! When it was dropped off they told us to make sure to take it out to try the 4×4 capabilities. Now, although Texas is in a drought, we did our best and found a small waterhole that we turned into a big one.

2013 Ford Raptor

Ford Raptor

Just driving down the road, the 2013 Ford Raptor looks tough and means business. We got all sorts of stares in the truck. The unique Raptor graphic package is sure to gran people’s attentions for sure. It adds a bit of personality and bold character to the truck along the back quarter panel of the bed.

Raptor fascia

But, at least for me, the first thing I notice on the truck is the unique, Ford tough grille. From headlight to headlight across the front, the letters F-O-R-D boldly stand out. I absolutely love this look! When I am on the street, I can easily point out the Raptor trucks coming our way simply because of the uncommon look of the front fascia.

Raptor mud

Plus, if you look close enough, you can see a camera eye between the O and R. This lens captures those hard to see rocks and other obstacles as you maneuver through rough terrain while in off-road mode. Paired with the skid plates underneath the truck, these features help keep your truck in one piece as you enjoy the ride.

Not to mention, internal triple-bypass shocks by FOX Racing Shox™ provide position-sensitive damping and a smoother ride on those rough courses. They easily adjust back to normal road conditions and keep the truck traveling along well in either environment.

mud on tires

Inside you will find many of the same features found in the other F-150 trucks I have discussed. Features that include:

  • Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (optional)
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
  • Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
  • Remote Start System (optional)
  • MyKey®
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • SYNC® with MyFord Touch®
  • and more.

Raptor 6.2L

The Ford Raptor comes with a standard 6.2L V8 engine that features a single overhead cam valvetrain with dual-equal variable cam timing. It can deliver “high-speed performance on flat terrain or high-torque thrust for low-speed climbing.” In layman terms for me, it can pick up and go rather in the mud bogs or on a paved city street.

Where will you venture with the Ford Raptor?

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