Do you believe in “love at first sight”? Relax. This isn’t a sappy love story, or a work of fiction. It’s the story of my love affair with the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. It’s been said you find love when you aren’t looking for it, and that’s how I met the Ford Raptor. From the first time I saw it at the Houston Auto Show last January, it was on my mind, in my dreams, and on my bucket list. Yes, I have a “Vehicles I MUST DRIVE Bucket List”. I’m just strange like that…
I was hanging out at a friend’s house in early November, when I got an email asking if I was interested in driving a Raptor. Its too bad no one was running video, because in seconds I went from sitting quietly, to jumping, screaming, and other obnoxious behavior! Any stranger that observed my reaction, would have called 911 to report a seizure.
2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review
Like most relationships, my initial attraction to the Raptor, was superficial, solely based on it’s rugged looks. The Raptor’s unique brick faced grille, with bold Ford letters makes a statement. It says “I’m a boss”! Of course you can’t grow your relationship without spending quality time together, so over five days we spent some quality time getting to know each other. Spoiler alert: it ended in heart break when our time together was over.
For this country girl, there are some things I just love: cowboys, trucks, cowboy boots, and country music! I like my trucks, like I like my cowboys: rugged, yet refined. Built for adventure without sacrificing comfort, and made for the long haul. The 2013 Ford Raptor has all of that and SO much more!
First, the seats are the most comfortable seats in any vehicle I’ve ever sat in, both when sitting still and when riding! It feels like the seats hug you. If I could buy one and convert it into an office chair, yeah baby! Bonus: you can choose between heated or cooled seats, and since it was the coldest week of the year , I went with the warm buns option. Oh, plus you can turn on the passenger’s seat warmer and have it toasty before they even get into the vehicle.
Speaking of seats, the room in the back of the 2013 F-150 SVT Raptor 4X4 Supercrew is outstanding! My neighbor, Jared the Giant is 6′ 4″, he easily fit between two full-sized car seats, with plenty of legroom!
Like most new relationships, the Raptor had lots of surprises in store for me. I’ve driven a lot of trucks, but never one like the Raptor. This bad boy has Fox racing SVT shocks for off roading fun, but even when you’re riding through town or burning up the highway, it handles more like a luxury vehicle than a truck. And even “The Wiggles” sound good on the Sony sound system…okay, so I was really listening to Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker; but, I was surprised to find the Sony speakers performing better than the Bose in my personal vehicle.
I’m not really not interested in how strong or powerful a man is, or how much horsepower and torque are in a vehicle, but my husband grinned ear to ear while exerting the 6.2-liter V8 engine (exclusive to the Raptor) with best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.
I’m more turned on by features like the remote start, ten way powered seats, SYNC entertainment system, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, AC power adapter (for charging my laptop/camera), and the most amazing rear camera that detects objects even when in what is seemingly a blind spot in other vehicles. Backing up is always a big concern for me, and so we placed objects in various areas to test the camera, it was impressive!
Did I mention how many heads I turned while driving the Raptor? My husband and I joked that its the perfect vehicle for the single man or woman, and that’s when I started calling it “cowboy bait”. Its doubtful we’ll ever see the Raptor advertised as “cowboy bait”, especially since they’re only on dealer lots an average of 15 days! I guess the bad boys really are the most popular!
Sing it with me now, “Save a Horse, Drive a Ford Raptor” (to the tune of a Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy)
Well, I drive onto the road
On my way into the city
And the seats give me a thrill like the FORD on my F-150 Raptor grill
And I wave to all the crowds
And everybody’s staring me down
An’ this country girl ain’t never gonna be the same.
Cause I saddle up my Ford
And I ride into the city
I make a lot of noise
Cause this truck
It is so pretty
Riding up and down Main St.
In my heated Ford Raptor seats
And the cowboys say
Save a horse, drive a Raptor.
That’s why I say
Save a horse, Drive a Ford Raptor
My only disappointment was the unexpected ice storm, which prevented me from going off-road. The Texas Auto Writer’s Association named the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor “Off Road Truck of Texas” after putting it through the paces, so I know I missed out on some adventure!
A huge thank you to Ford for making a dream of mine come true, by loaning me a Ford Raptor to facilitate this review. No compensation was received and all opinions are based on my firsthand experience.