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2023 Ford Bronco Raptor: Take a look at Drive | The Every day Drive

2023 Ford Bronco Raptor: Take a look at Drive | The Every day Drive


2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2023 4-Door Superior 4X4 Raptor

Class: Compact Crossover/SUV

Coloration: Code Orange

Seating capability: 5

CG Report Card
Room and Consolation B
Energy and Efficiency B+
Match and End B
Gasoline Financial system C+
Worth B-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of the complete mannequin lineup.
Huge & Tall Consolation
Huge Man A-
Tall Man B
Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Engine Specs 418-horsepower 3.0-liter
Engine Sort Turbocharged V6
Transmission 10-speed computerized
Drive Wheels 4WD

Miles pushed: 187

Noticed gasoline economic system: 15.3 mpg

Driving combine: 70% metropolis, 30% freeway

EPA-estimated gasoline economic system: 15/16/25 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)

Gasoline sort: Common fuel

Snow Efficiency: Wonderful

Base value: $83,580 (not together with $1795 vacation spot cost)

Choices on check automobile: Lux Package deal ($3050), Raptor Graphic ($1075), keyless-entry keypad ($110), 17-inch black Beadlock wheels ($1995), Code Orange seat belts ($395), Inside Carbon Fiber Pack ($1725), leather-based and suede seats ($2995)

Worth as examined: $96,720


Fast Hits

The nice: Greenback worth, enjoyable to drive

The great: Roomy cabin, commonplace AWD

The not so good: Funds-grade cabin supplies


Tom Appel:

What value excessive? How a lot are you keen to surrender—by way of cash and private consolation—with the intention to take issues additional than most people are keen to go? We’re not speaking about consuming jalapeños or enjoying Royal Match till daybreak right here, we’re speaking about your experience. What are the challenges of driving one thing fully excessive?

2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor

We requested ourselves that query shortly after taking supply of a 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor outfitted with greater than $11,000 in choices. Ford’s final off-roader (except you rely the F-150 Raptor) seems to be excessive standing nonetheless, and likewise seems to be like an possession handful. Definitely, a automobile this clearly caffeinated asks a lot of its caretakers.

For these not within the know, the Raptor caps a complete line of rugged Bronco midsize SUVs, all of that are designed to steer off-road lovers (and rugged-minded “gentle roaders”) away from Jeep’s fashionable Wrangler SUV. And, about that mission: In 2023, Ford offered 117,000 Broncos, and Jeep 157,000 Wranglers. Whereas Jeep has the gross sales edge, each fashions noticed gross sales declines final 12 months, although Jeep gross sales slipped greater than Bronco gross sales.

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2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor

The Bronco lineup ascends although the bottom Huge Bend (about $41,000), Black Diamond ($44,000), Outer Banks ($49,000), retro-themed Heritage ($50,000), off-road-ready Dangerous Lands ($51,000), Everglades ($57,000), off-road/desert-runner Wildtrak ($63,000), luxury-oriented/retro-themed Heritage Restricted Version, and excessive off-road Raptor ($91,000).

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2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor

All fashions can be found in 4-door configuration, whereas all however the Outer Banks, Everglades, and Raptor are additionally provided with 2-doors. Energy for many fashions comes from a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged  “EcoBoost” 4-cylinder. Normal, and solely obtainable on the Wildtrak and Heritage Restricted Version is a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 good for 315 horsepower. Unique to the Raptor is one other EcoBoost mill, a 3.0-liter V6 rated at a considerable 418 horses.

All engines mate to a 10-speed computerized, whereas a number of 4-cylinder fashions might be had with a 7-speed guide. No shock, all Broncos come commonplace with 4WD.

As for what makes a Raptor a Raptor, the listing of upgrades is prolonged. Most notable is a chassis designed to offer greater than 13 inches of suspension journey, virtually two inches greater than the Wildtrak. As famous above, the Raptor boasts 103 extra horsepower than the Wildtrak, and a extra complete suite of drive modes. And whereas each the Wildtrak and Raptor are shod with 17-inch wheels, the latter’s 37-inch tires are 2-inches bigger, and look impressively huge. The Raptor can be fitted with a singular grille, hood, entrance fenders, and taillight assemblies.

Inside, the Raptor boasts numerous upgrades together with distinctive trim components, a selected steering wheel, and crimson/orange seat trim.

Regardless of the steroid therapy, Client Information discovered the Raptor to be surprisingly docile in common use, although the every day commuting expertise was not with out its compromises. Right here’s a rundown of the prices of going excessive:


Whereas the Raptor cabin sits a bit of larger than that of different Bronco fashions, it’s not a horrible stretch to stand up and into the automotive. Smaller people may recommend in any other case. As soon as inside, there isn’t any penalty for going with the Raptor, as cabin house and common seating consolation are just about the identical.

Experience high quality is one other matter. Whereas the Raptor experience is rarely harsh, it’s comprised of serious up-and-down motion, which might develop wearisome on damaged and wavy roads. Additionally, a good quantity of noise makes its means into the cabin, which might make dialog at freeway velocity a little bit of a problem.

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2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor

The perfect half first: The Raptor could be very quick. There’s loads of punch for around-town stop-light drag begins, and ample muscle for passing and merging as effectively. And as we managed to benefit from the companies of the Raptor throughout a snow occasion, we’re glad to report the baddest of Broncos makes quick work of unplowed streets and drifted-over driveways.

And whereas the Raptor handles effectively, typically talking, the massive tires can work towards you in cornering, because the uber Bronco plows considerably in aggressive cornering, which might scrub off velocity, and the automobile’s width limits how a lot rush-hour visitors slicing and dicing might be carried out.

One the plus aspect, our gasoline economic system was surprisingly not terrible; we averaged 15.3 mpg, not unhealthy for a 400-plus-horsepower off-road machine with full-time 4WD, that spent a while snow slogging. For the report, we noticed 18.3 mpg in a check Bronco Wildtrak in considerably lighter-duty driving.


At greater than $90,000 to begin, the Raptor could be very costly. And, for most people, the very succesful Wildtrak will show to be a extra automobile than they may ever want. That stated, in case you have the cash, and should personal the most-extreme Bronco, there’s little motive to not indulge your baser instincts. Whereas the Raptors might be one thing of a chore to drive round city, it’s not that a lot of a problem, and also you gained’t be burning very way more fuel. Additionally, the Raptor is enjoyable to drive, and that counts for lots if you’re shelling out this type of cash.

Observe: This analysis didn’t embody any severe off-road exercise, and that exercise is core to the Raptor mission. Certainly, if something justifies the Raptor’s hefty backside line, it’s the truck’s official rock-crawling credentials. The editors of Client Information have loved the companies of a Bronco Raptor for the aim of significant off-road enjoyable, and might vouch for the truck’s bona fides.

Observe: This analysis is of the 2023 Bronco Raptor. The Bronco lineup is little modified for 2024.

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