The 2017 Ford Raptor crew cab is rated at towing 8,000 lbs, but what MPG will this off-road get when towing a 7,000 lbs trailer at 70 MPH on our 100-mile highway loop? Granted, the Ford Raptor is a high-performance off-road truck and towing is not one of its strengths. Still, any pickup truck should do many jobs, and towing is big part of any truck’s repertoire.
The Raptor packs plenty of power in the form of the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 10-speed automatic transmission provides quick acceleration and the wide gear spread allows for relatively efficient running. How efficient is it on our highway loop?
The Raptor’s more compliant off-road suspension sags more when you put weight on it. The wider stance and BFGoodrich KO2 tires cost additional aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.
After all was said and done, the 2017 Raptor returned 8.4 MPG on our highway towing loop.
Check out the towing fun in the video below.