The awards weren't handed out lightly; nearly thirty members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, tested the contenders to determine which deserved accolades. In total, 27 crossover and sport utility vehicles participated in the Mudfest in premium compact, family, pickups, premium, compact and extreme capability segments. With its 3.5L V6 engine, 450 horsepower and 8,000-pound towing capacity, it's no surprise that the Raptor performed as well as it did.
“The pickups category was extremely tough this year,” Tuan Huynh, the event chair of the NWAPA Mudfest, Northwest Automotive Press Association, said. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.” Watch more in the video below!
This win is one of many the Raptor's picked up this year; recently, it was dubbed Pickup Truck of the Year by FOUR WHEELER and Best Pickup for 2017 by Cars.com.
The F-150 Raptor and its more classic sibling are available for you to test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. Stop on by!
Take a drive to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to bring home a new or used Ford F-150 Raptor today. The purpose-built Raptor is crafted with performance upgrades and all-new technology that overshadow its predecessor and make it stand out amongst other trucks in its class. For that reason, the all-new Raptor was recently named "Pickup Truck of the Year" in the 2017 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence awards.
According to Popular Mechanics' editors, the 2017 F-150 Raptor was the "vehicle that transcends the competition" after a yearlong evaluation, one that compared it across every class of trucks. Thanks to its purpose-built design, the Raptor shines with its high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and its six-mode Terrain Management System™. The cherry on top? Its military-grade, aluminum-alloy body shaves 500 pounds off of its total weight, compared to the previous model. Watch more in the video below:
“The Raptor is to a standard F-150 what Bruce Banner is to the Incredible Hulk," Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics automotive editor, said. "You can do 60 mph across terrain that would have most trucks smashing their oil pans at 30.”
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The brand-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, which boasts 450 horsepower and a towing capacity of up to 8,000 pounds, is available now at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. But you can also find it on "Born to Baja," the newest FordVR story from the Blue Oval team.
The virtual reality video puts the spotlight on the Raptor as it swerves through swirls of dust and bounds over rocky terrain over 36 hours. The route is relentless, but ultimately no match for the 2017 Raptor. Watch it in the video below:
“We are excited to debut this virtual reality story, a first for the all-new Raptor,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance's Global Marketing Manager, said of the video. “’Born to Baja’ showcases the Built Ford Tough attitude that is at the heart of this performance monster. This grueling race proves once again that we have the most-capable, production off-road truck in the industry.”
The F-150 Raptor is on the lot today at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Test-drive it today and stay tuned to learn more about the "Born to Baja" feature!
Truck drivers, take note: new and used Ford F-150 trucks are available at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. The F-150 Raptor, in particular, is sure to fly off of the lots even faster than usual, thanks to its recently earned "Must Test Drive" award from Autotrader.
Autotrader's accolade is one of many that the Raptor's picked up in a short span of time - the truck was named Truck of the Year from FOUR WHEELER, AutoGuide.com and Cars.com not long before. The recognition is aptly earned; the F-150 Raptor is purpose-built, adding to its predecessor's highlights with all-new technology and gains across the board. The Raptor also stands out with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that puts out 510 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a six-mode Terrain Management System™. And what the Raptor gains in upgrades, it loses in weight. The truck is crafted with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that shaves off 500 pounds compared to the previous model.
There's no time like the present to buy or lease your F-150 Raptor from Sound Ford. Stop by today for a test-drive!
Don't wait to come down to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, where our team is ready to help you find the new or used truck of your dreams. Interested in a twist on the classic Ford F-150? The all-new F-150 Raptor was recently deemed by Autotrader as a "Must Test Drive" vehicle for 2017, an accolade that is sure to move the truck to the top of many drivers' wish lists.
With 450 horsepower and a 3.5 liter V6 engine, the Raptor wields power and grit capable of conquering any terrain. Autotrader's editors, in many ways, are simply reiterating what Raptor drivers have sung praises of for months - the designation is a consumer-focused award program, one that recognizes 12 vehicles based on a myriad of criteria.
“For all the awards and accolades owners and the media have bestowed upon the all-new F-150 Raptor, the only way to truly understand how incredible this truck has become is to get to a Ford dealer and get behind the wheel,” Todd Eckert, Ford truck group's marketing manager, said of the Raptor.
Find the Raptor that's perfect for you at Sound Ford today, and stay tuned to learn more!
With an astonishing 2,481 miles of sanctioned off-road racing under its belt for the 2016 Best in the Desert season and SCORE Baja 1000 alone, the brand new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor proves to have both brains and brawn. Its smart technology, coupled with its sheer muscle and top-of-the-line capabilities, make it a standout truck going into the new year.
The Raptor also had a standout performance in the Pahrump Nugget 250, snagging 432 points. Working with Greg Foutz Motorsports, Ford Performance crafted a production-intent F-150 Raptor and incorporated all the necessary safety, lighting and navigation equipment to ensure success. The preemptive measures paid off; the team driving the Raptor completed the race in 10 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds. Overall, the race truck closed out its season with over 100 hours of off-road, competitive driving.
Greg Foutz, the Raptor's lead driver and team owner, expressed how impressed he was in a statement released by Ford. "I know how much we abused that truck, and they were able to capture a lot of data and provide updates as the Raptor readied for production,” he said.
Now that its tour of duty is complete, the Raptor race truck will return to Ford Performance's Dearborn headquarters before going on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
Interested in how the F-150 Raptor race truck was modified? Updates include:
Race-optimized three-inch-diameter internal-bypass front and rear Fox Racing shocks
Race-optimized front and rear springs
Custom-fabricated roll cage
MasterCraft seats with five-point harness safety belts and window nets
Rigid Industries LED light bars, racing fuel cell, Lowrance GPS, RacePak digital dash and data logger
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