Is the 2022 Ford BroncoThe Pros and Cons of Buying a Rental Car Raptor a good SUV? 5 things we like, 4 we don’t like
Changes from the standard Bronco are so extensive that the two look completely different, and the Raptor performs noticeably better in both off- and off-road driving. The combination of added power, reworked suspension and the electronic magic of performance-enhancing turns the Raptor into a more capable, yet tolerable, machine for everyday driving.
We recently spent some time with the Amped-up Bronco and came away impressed. However, there is always room for improvement. For a closer look at the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, click on the link above to read Brian Normel’s full review. For a quick look, read on — here are five things we love about the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, and four things we don’t:
The things we love
1. More oats
2. The ability added below
Some of the biggest Raptor upgrades require some crawling around under them. There’s a significantly upgraded suspension system that includes bulkier F-150 Raptor components, along with more aggressive steering components, massive 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, and more than 8 inches of front and rear track increase.
3. Polite etiquette on the road
Suspension upgrades make the Raptor more off-road, sure, but they also result in better off-road behaviors. Street handling and steering feel are improved over the standard Bronco, and the larger brakes do a commendable job of stopping this 5,700-pound beast.
4. Looks Part
5. A star off the highway
With an updated powertrain and suspension, increased ground clearance, and aggressive approach and departure angles, the Bronco Raptor excels off-road. It feels surprisingly nimble during low-speed maneuvers, and the extra suspension travel, combined with the adaptive suspension, helps make it feel remarkably in control while blasting through the desert at speed.
Things we don’t like
1. Good judgment
2. View from the rudder
Thick windshield pillars restrict visibility to the sides when cornering, especially in tight off-road or off-road maneuvers. The massive, full-size, tailgate-mounted spare tire and third brake create an obstruction large enough to block much of the view behind the Raptor, concealing entire cars on the highway.
3. Thirst for adventure
It’s possible that a few off-road drivers base their vehicle choices on EPA fuel-economy estimates, but in the era of standard gas prices, it’s worth noting that the Bronco Raptor will cost you a lot at the pump. The EPA’s 15/16/15 mpg city/highway/combined mpg rating is made even more painful by Ford’s premium fuel recommendation. However, buyers can be encouraged to know that these numbers beat the Wrangler Rubicon 392, which also favors a premium.