Which 450 hp Ford pickup is better: the new 2019 F-150 Limited or the 2019 Raptor?
This model year, Ford decided to give their top-of-the-line F-150 trim, the Limited, the same engine as their famous Ford Raptor. That’s a 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. They didn’t give it any of the Raptor’s other goodies, like the Fox active suspension, big off-road tires, or its terrain management system, but it does come with as many luxurious features as Ford can muster.
But which one is better? To find out, The Fast Lane Truck decided to have an argument where one host espoused the virtues of the Ford Raptor while the other took the side of the F-150 Limited.
First, they discussed pricing. The Limited starts at around $75,000, but it also comes with everything you could ever want outside of the off-road goodies found on the Raptor. The Raptor might start at around $59,000, but it quickly balloons to well over $70,000 after adding all the available packages. Our Raptor-touting host admitted that even without going into available options and just adding all the packages, his theoretical Raptor came out to $77,000.
Those are some expensive pickups.
On the zero-to-sixty performance test, the Limited also proved itself slightly superior on pavement by hitting 60 mph in 5.92 seconds compared to the Raptor’s 6.17 seconds. This seems to be slower than Ford’s advertised Raptor acceleration time of 5.2 seconds, but we’re going to assume the higher Colorado air caused both vehicles to suffer.
Then we came to the interior. As the most luxury-oriented F-150 available, it naturally comes with a full camelback leather interior, heated and vented seats, and even a massager. The Raptor can only get heated and vented seats, but no magic mechanical hands embedded in the seat.
Neither truck is impressive in the payload department, with the Raptor able to tow 8,000 lbs and lift 1,200 in the bed, and the Limited able to tow 9,200 lbs and carry 1,237 lbs in the bed.
In the end, it comes down to personal preference. If you don’t expect to ever leave the comforts of a well-paved highway, then the Limited will definitely be your truck. On the other hand, if you plan on taking your pickup anywhere, including places without roads, then the Raptor will never let you down.