Want the coolest 4x4 you can buy from the factory? The Raptor is it!
Today I am going to talk about the week spent driving the awesome 2011 Ford Raptor Supercrew truck. This is a giant 4x4 off-road racing pickup with special suspension, four doors, and loads of power. This is a larger truck than the white Raptor I spent time with last year. The white Raptor from last year was an extended cab that had two doors. This car adds in the fourth door for easier access and give up none of the performance.
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The outside of the 2011 Raptor Supercrew looks fantastic. It had silver paint and is wider than your normal Ford F-150. One of the things I like the best is that the truck has a big black grill with a custom look and integrated running boards on the side to make getting in and out easier. The tailgate has the Ford stepladder on the back. This is a little ladder than helps people get in and out of the back of the truck if they need to.
The ladder has a pole that flips upright from the bed and a little step that folds down making it possible for even small kids to climb in the back by themselves. Like all the Raptor trucks in 2011, this one had the massive 6.2L 2V V8 with a 6-speed auto. The engine had power and torque for days and can get you in and out of just about any situation on or off road. You might expect such a big and tall truck to ride roughly, but it doesn't. This was one of the best riding and driving trucks I have driven. When you hit bumps at speed, the suspension absorbs them to the point where it's hard to tell just how big a bump or pothole you actually hit.
The truck just floats right over the bumps and potholes and keeps going. It does get a little bouncy when you go over ripples in the road, but the truck is always very controllable. I was also surprise that despite having big all terrain tires all round the road noise was slight as was noise from the massive tires.
My test vehicle was completely loaded with leather seats and cool looking mesh trip, GPS navigation, and the Sony sound system with subwoofer. The truck also had an integrated trailer brake and rear view camera. That camera comes in very handy too, the 2011 Raptor Supercrew is so high off the ground it's very hard to see normal vehicles behind you when backing up.
The only thing I found difficult about driving the 2011 Raptor Supercrew was parking it and navigating narrow city streets. It can be a challenge to keep the wide raptor inside the confines of a single parking place so take care. This is my favorite Ford truck hands down and anyone looking for an awesome factory off-roader will want to give the 2011 Raptor Supercrew a look. As tested the 2011 Raptor Supercrew stickered out at $51,645.