2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Review: Unstoppable Power

It Ford Bronco is an incredibly capable SUV that impresses off-road without feeling like a hot mess on the pavement. But there’s always room for a little more — or, in the case of the Bronco Raptor, more.

The three yellow lights in the center of the grille is all you need to see to know the Raptor is no ordinary Bronco. These lights are required on vehicles of a certain width, and the body of the Bronco Raptor is about 10 inches wider than a standard SUV. It practically covers the sun as it sails down the road, casting one very impressive shadow. Of course, that also means it’s about the same size as a highway lane, and even with the help of standard lane-keep it takes a conscious effort to keep one of the BF Goodrich K02’s 37-inch all-terrain tires from falling over the white dotted line. line. Luckily, when it comes time to park this rugged car, standard parking sensors and surround-view cameras make it easy to maneuver.

Despite its size, the Bronco Raptor is as easy to drive on the highway as its smaller sibling. The off-road-ready Fox shock offers more than a foot of travel when it’s time to jump or traverse some rocks, but that doesn’t keep the Raptor from bouncing haphazardly down the highway. Even without shifting dampening stiffness to the Sport, the Raptor does well in everyday driving, only transferring some of the shock from the road to the cab. Steering weight is also adjustable, and while it’s generally pretty straightforward, I found it a bit too loose in the most enhanced Comfort settings.

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The Raptor’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 delivers a hefty 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, and combined with the fast-shifting 10-speed automatic, I’m certainly not short on propulsion. The Bronco may not have a full-fat output of 450-hp F-150 Raptor, but the V6 offers more than enough power to get through traffic and reach speeds I’m scrambling to remember the value of those tires. The V6 sounds great through the standard multimode exhaust, which I’ve constantly left on the loudest Baja setting, though the dashboard screen constantly reminds me it’s for off-road use only. (I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.)

Plus, the loud exhaust is a great reminder that I literally smashed gas during my fun. The EPA rates the Ford Bronco Raptor at 15 mpg city and 16 mpg highway, numbers I’d definitely call possible, but if you’re like me and you enjoy noise and use more than 10% of throttle, expect something lower.

Inside, the Bronco Raptor provides plenty of livability — and frankly, it’s necessary, because most of these beasts will traverse the tarmac more often than the Appalachians. Ford’s comfortable marine-grade vinyl seats are standard, but my testers picked up a trimmed leather replacement for $2,495. Further into the cabin is the $1,725 ​​carbon fiber trim package, as well as the $2,695 Lux Package, which adds a heated steering wheel, 10-speaker audio system, dashboard-mounted USB port, wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control and embedded navigation.

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2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

Top of the line in utility sports.

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But even without those upgrades, the Raptor offers a lot of standard equipment, including heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, keyless entry, surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. That large 12-inch center screen is also standard, runs the Ford Sync 4 system and carries both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you need juice, both lines get USB-A and USB-C ports. There’s no sunroof on offer, but the removable hardtop panels only take seconds to remove and store, and they’re not so heavy as to require a partner to mark the job.

If you’re one of those cool Bronco Raptor owners who live to leave the hard way, rest assured, this rig is very capable. The steel bash plate up front gives you a pretty good idea that the Raptor means business, and it also allows for an impressive 47.2-degree approach angle (40.5-degree departure, while breakover is 30.8-degrees). In addition to the leg of travel offered by Fox’s live-valve shocks at every corner, the Raptor itself sits about 13.1 inches off the ground. Throw in the front sway bar breakers, front and rear locking differentials, and a two-range transfer box at a decent crawl ratio of 67.9:1, and you’ll have no trouble scaling rocky grades and digging deep into the mud. And, don’t forget, you’re not sacrificing any or very little highway prowess for any of these abilities.

The Bronco Raptor can also do a bit of truck work if needed. That will pull up to 4,500 pounds, which is more than the average Bronco can muster. However, the Raptor’s payload rating of 1,100 pounds is a hair lower than its other pedestrian brethren. That’s okay, because if you remove the roof panels, you won’t have much extra space in the cargo area.

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2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

Twelve yards long, two lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride.

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All of these standard capabilities and equipment come at a price. The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor starts at $70,095 including $1,595 for destinations. Enter the aforementioned creature comfort pack, in addition to the $1,075 for the cool Raptor graphics, $1,995 for the 17-inch beadlock-enabled wheels and $110 for the numeric keypad on the door, and my tester balloons to $80,190. It barely touched the starting price Jeep Wrangler 392either way, and even though Ford doesn’t have a V8, it drives better than a Jeep and doesn’t look like the old Wrangler you’ve seen on the road for decades.

If you want to have a dirt cake and eat it too, there’s no better choice than the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. It’s capable of handling the rough stuff, but when it’s time to kick back and live a more suburban lifestyle, it won’t disappoint.

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