If you’ve never been inside a Ford Raptor, there’s a few lesser-known tidbits of information that you should probably familiarize yourself with first.
Nobody at the HotCars office currently owns a Ford Raptor. That’s probably because the Raptor is huge and is difficult to park in an office tower parking lot. Or a mall parking lot for that matter.
But this doesn’t mean we can’t find people who do own (or have been otherwise provided) a Raptor for testing purposes. We have Jason Torchinsky over on Jalopnik to thank for taking the time out of his schedule to take a critical eye to the Ford Raptor in ways that would never really be done at other publications.
Rather than go on about the Raptor’s incredibly powerful 3.5-L twin-turbo engine or it’s Fox Racing suspension, he takes a look at some of the weirder aspects of the Raptor’s design.
Starting with the fact the Raptor is a behemoth. It’s already very large thanks to a full bed and a crew cab, but add a set of wide fenders, off-road tires, and a suspension lift and this thing is a commanding presence on the road.
Next, the Ford Raptor is the only vehicle in the world with a small badge to indicate it has a blind spot monitoring system. Most cars don’t bother with this, but the Raptor hides its little sensors in a false taillight cover, perhaps necessitating the reminder that this is not a taillight and is, in fact, a housing for the blind spot monitor.
Because the Raptor is so huge, federal law requires that it places a bunch of little identification lamps all over it. The three yellow lights you see at the top of the Raptor’s grille are a few of them, but there’s also one on each fender and a few red ones on the tailgate. You normally see these lights on heavy-duty trucks, but the Raptor is just big enough to qualify for them.
And finally, the Raptor has a spacious cab, especially for the rear passengers. There’s also 2 USB ports, a standard wall outlet, and 12V cigarette lighter port for those with a mobile phone from the ‘80s.
These are the details that someone should really know about before they dive headlong into purchasing a Raptor. For this great service, we all thank you.