• TFL 2014 Ford SVT Raptor vs Ford F-150 FX4 Mashup Review (Episode 4)


    TFL 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor vs Ford FX4 Mashup Review (Episode 4)
    TFL 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor vs Ford FX4 Mashup Review (Episode 4)

    What’s the better truck for you…especially if you are a Ford guy that like to go off-road?

    Is it the Raptor or the 2014 Ford F-150 FX4?

    The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is one of the baddest trucks in the land. It can tow 8000 pounds, seat 5 comfortably, haul all of your stuff and still race across the desert at over 100 MPH is perfect air-conditioned comfort. That’s why we at TFLtruck choose the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as our first long term test truck. Usually truck manufacturers supply us with pickups to test for a week at a time.

    We wanted to test the best selling truck in the land for durability and reliability which meant buying a Ford F-150. But not just any Ford F-150, the most powerful and the most off-road worthy version that Ford builds.

    In Episode 4 of this long-term test of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, Roman compares the Raptor with the Ford F-150 FX4.

    If you are curious to learn how the two very similar trucks compare, you’ll enjoy this TFLtruck mashup video review.


    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
    http://www.TFLtruck.com

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    5 thoughts on “TFL 2014 Ford SVT Raptor vs Ford F-150 FX4 Mashup Review (Episode 4)

    1. Thanks for the video.

      I am curious.
      If you like the 6.2 more when selecting between the engine options, why would you choose 3.5 for FX4 package in the very beginning.

      52K for mid line option (FX-4) is too steep for me when other brand’s top of the line costs less.

      Raptor looks descent outside but it is not a work truck by any means and “owning work” is what Ford boasts a lot.
      They have 6000 towing capacity for Supercab and 8000 for Supercrew (not the only option as mentioned in the video). Even if you trust Ford on these numbers they are still pretty low for the truck. You will never see one on the job site.

      Nor this is a package for car enthusiasts either. Whoever wants an off road built will do it on their own for much less with better parts. You will rarely see a truck based on Raptor on any Instagram truckpage.

      Interior of the Raptor is pretty mediocre with all the gaps, voids and plastic in comparison with Platinums or Limiteds not even looking into other manufacturers’ options. Even on the video the AUX cluster looks like a cheap aftermarket mod.

      Fuel economy is quite laughable. According to Raptor forums it is closer to 10-11 mpg average. Is it fast enough for those numbers? I would be pretty embarrassed in a 2014 Raptor if a 10 year old stock Hemi beat me.

      IKE Gauntlet on a Raptor would be a good video. 🙂

    2. I looked at a new F-150 the other day, an FX4. Felt very comfortable although the fact that the door and hood shake for a couple seconds after you close them don’t really give you a high sense of quality.

    3. I am personally not interested in any version of the F-150 because they are simply too big for my needs. I wish Ford would bring the not-for-sale-here Ranger to the North American market. It would be an ideal replacement for my ’07 Sport Trac which has proven to be the perfect size truck for my needs.

      Having said all that, I think the choice between the two F-150s in your comparison really comes down to what the customer wants and needs. The Raptor is a more specialized off-road capable truck that can be used to haul/tow medium sized loads whereas the FX4 can be set up to haul/tow much heavier loads while maintaining an acceptable off-road capability. Its just not in the same off-road league as the Raptor and was never intended to be just as the Raptor was never intended to be an all-out tow rig.

      As mentioned in your video, there is also a huge difference in suspension designs between these two trucks. BTW, the suspension is an SVT design, not a “Fox suspension”. It incorporates Fox shocks into the design but it is Ford’s own design and vastly different from that on any other F-150.

      As for the comments about fuel economy, if that is your biggest concern then perhaps you would be more interested in a Prius and not a full size 4×4 truck. Just don’t try running through the desert at 100 mph or towing more than a couple hundred pounds. Oh, and how far do you think that “stock” ten year old Hemi will make it through the desert at anything over 30 mph? The suspension, gearing and 6.2L V-8 in the Raptor are setup for optimal off-road performance, not towing or fuel economy. The EcoBoost V-6 is a better choice for those needs in a full-size truck.

    4. “Fuel economy is quite laughable. According to Raptor forums it is closer to 10-11 mpg average. Is it fast enough for those numbers? I would be pretty embarrassed in a 2014 Raptor if a 10 year old stock Hemi beat me. ”

      Thanks for the input TROLL. Damn I left Pickuptrucks.com for more trolls. Damn, how do we get rid of them. It’s obvious this truck is not for you.

    5. I looked at the Raptor and the FX4. I bought a loaded XLT. Why? Well while the Raptor looks cool it’s even wider than a regular F150. The trails in the south are narrow enough as it is. Alot of times you can’t get a regular full size truck though without hitting branches. A Raptor would be clipping trees. The suspension is also too soft for towing heavy loads. We use our trucks as trucks. We take them down forest service roads, across muddy fields and we tow heavy loads. So the Raptor was out. Then it came to the FX4 vs. the Lariat or XLT. The Lariat while it had a few extra nice options was out of the budget. Air-conditioned seats and sunroofs are cool but they are not needed. Every functional item on the FX4 including the off road suspension (different shocks, coilovers, and adding skid plates) is available as an option on an XLT. The only thing not available is having the shifter on the console (you get a different console) and how its dressed out with logos paint and wheel styles. The Xlt also comes with chrome bumpers which as less likely to scratch and was several thousand dollars less with the incentive at the time.I am not entering a car show but I might tow 10,000 lbs one day, drive my kid across two states and go camping on the weekend and then when I return take my wife downtown and have to parallel park it between a MKS and a Flex.

      I also have an extended cab with the 6 foot bed. Again we use our trucks for work. An extended cab is plenty big enough for kids & I don’t haul more than one adult at a time usually. Even when I do they fit fine. I wouldn’t want to be back there as an adult for an 8 hour trip but for an hour or two it is no issue. I’ve never heard a complaint from anyone and I’ve had my kid in there when driving for 8 hours and had adults in there for 2 hours. The 6 foot bed comes in handy. It’s much easier to carry sheets of plywood, pipe lengths, landscaping barriers, and bags of stone with a 6 foot bed. It also allows me to have a low profile tool box that I can still carry tools in. I would also be hard to shove a sofa or freezer in a 5 foot bed. The shorter cab keeps the same over all length of a crewcab with the 5 foot bed which means its easier to park in a normal parking spot. With the ecoboost V6 I still get 17mpg average even with the offroad 4×4 package and the maxtow package as long as I am not towing.

      I fully loaded my XLT with options and did spend money on the more functional options like the tailgate & bed side steps. Those things are great! They fold out of the way when you don’t need them and they make climbing in and out of the bed easier. I can throw fifty pounds of gravel over my shoulder and then climb up in with my hand on the handle easily. After having both knees and one ankle worked on that’s a major plus. The bedside steps are awesome for getting into your tool box without climbing in the bed. I can step up and grab any item I need from my tool box with those. The huge towing mirrors make it easier to see with a load & without out. Those 3.73 gears really pull a load with ease even up a 12 degree grade. I tried out the hill decent a few weeks ago it’s cool I guess but unless I’m out climbing hills in the Ozarks I will rarely use it. The factory spray in bedliner works awesome. I’ve loaded my bed with all kinds of items and not a nick, scratch or dent in it yet. The XLT console is cavernous. I picked up an organizer of amazon and now can carry my pistol, ammo, binoculars, airguage, ice scraper, rolls of quarters for the toll roads, note pad, flashlight, pens, tissues, wetwipes, and gloves. Heck I don’t use the glove box for anything other than to carry my insurance card & owners manual!

      In closing you can easily get a alot of truck for under $40000 with an F150 that will go offroad, tow, carry large loads, and even do roadtrips with the family. My truck stickered for 45365 but after negotiation, discounts, rebates, and a manufacturer coupon I purchased it for 37452.

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