The Ford F-150 Raptor, and the SVT Lightning before it, helped kickstart a horsepower race in the pickup truck segment that has resulted in Hellcat-powered office buildings that can nearly blot out the sun on an entire city block.
But not everything needs to be a contest, and truly putting a 700-some-odd-horsepower pickup truck to use in daily life is nearly impossible.
That's why I'd wager that, thanks to some quality upgrades for 2021, the Ford F-150 Raptor provides the superior blend between high-end truck performance and, frankly, whatever remains of sanity these days.
The Raptor's base price swelled nearly $10,000 for 2021, now resting at $65,840, including $1,695 in destination charges.
That might seem like a lot, but it's still thousands cheaper than the Ram 1500 TRX to start, and the Ram can push its window sticker to the border of $90,000 without batting an eye, so maybe the Raptor isn't exactly a raw deal after all.
The TRX remains the sole vehicle in the Raptor's competitive set, because GM doesn't seem very interested in throwing a Corvette engine into a Silverado for whatever reason.
Between the two high-output trucks listed here, I think I'd be happier with the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.
It's every bit the capable pickup truck it needs to be, but a healthy dose of aesthetics, technology and foot-to-the-floor good times makes it an absolute hoot to use on the daily.
Having the highest numbers on a spreadsheet doesn't always make for a better vehicle.
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