How does the new 2017 Ford Raptor do at towing on a highway? Our friend, David Tracy of Jalopnik.com, recently completed a long towing road trip from Moab, UT to Detroit, MI. David went approximately 1,643 miles in about 28.5 hours (averaging about 57 MPH overall). In the end, the Raptor’s trip computer said: 9.4 MPG. He estimated his trailer weight close to 4,000 lbs, with another 600 lbs of gear inside the truck.
We have not completed our standardized highway towing MPG loop in a 2017 Ford Raptor yet. Does this fuel economy make sense?
The 2017 Ford Raptor is a specialty off-road truck with a high-output version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 good for 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The Raptor is not a towing truck, although it can do it. Naturally, a pickup truck should be good at all the tasks. Check out our 2017 Ford Raptor payload and towing spec sheet. The truck is rated between 6,000 – 8,000 lbs of maximum towing, depending on the cab configuration.
We will be testing the 2017 Raptor again soon, and we will get the real-world numbers for you.
Below is our recent test that includes the 2017 Ford F-150 with the latest 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission. We used the CM Trailers 20-foot CargoMate with a total weight of 7,000 lbs. We perform all of our towing mpg tests on I-76 highway north-east of Denver, CO. We complete the same 98-mile highway loop at a constant speed of 70 MPH.
The 2017 Ford F-150 crew cab 4×4 got 9.1 MPG, as we verified at the fuel pump.
Last year, we tested our long-term 2014 Ford Raptor on the same highway loop, but with a different cargo trailer loaded to 5,600 lbs. Our 2014 SVT Raptor with the 6.2L V8 got 9.35 MPG.