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Ford F-150, Raptor Named To Car And Driver ’10Best Trucks And SUVs’

In its first-ever list of the “10Best Trucks and SUVs” with MSRPs under $80,000, Car and Driver named the 2017 Ford F-150 and its high-performance Raptor variant as the winner in the “Full-Size Pickup” category.

The Ford F-150 / Raptor was one of just two domestic vehicle models to be named to the new Car and Driver awards list.

“While the F-150 most definitely still drives like a pickup truck, the level of sophistication in its operation sets the bar for the class,” writes Car and Driver of Ford’s segment-leader. The truck’s new available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission elicited some praise, too, with C/D writing that “with the availability of [the new powertrain], the 2017 F-150 is the most powerful and high-tech truck on sale today.”

That same 3.5L / 10-speed combination is what propels the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor, as well. C/D says of that truck: “That this amazingly capable beast is not even the most expensive F-150 trim and actually rides better than many other pickups is as stunning as its ability to bound over just about anything at speed.”

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor wears a starting price of $49,520, including destination. Its twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 engine has been tuned to produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque – substantially more than the 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of its 6.2L-powered predecessor. In the regular Ford F-150, the same engine produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft better than the 2016 model. Both models are available to order now.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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