The Ford F-150 Raptor R gives you 700 horsepower to play with — just budget for frequent fill-ups.
Perhaps some of the least shocking news you’ll see today: You can blast it around on the dunes or on the streets, but the 2023 Ford F-150 Rpator R isn’t particularly fuel efficient. Shocker. Still, you could theoretically argue that it’s 5.2-liter supercharged engine could get you better mpg figures than, say, the 6.2-liter Ram 1500 TRX.
You’d be right, but not by much as it turns out. Official EPA figures for the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor peg the off-road super truck at 10 City / 15 Highway / 12 Combined mpg. That’s 1 mpg better than the Ram TRX in the highway cycle, but exactly the same in both city and combined numbers. It comes with the territory for supercharged V8s, but still…I can’t help but see that number and say “ouch”.
It’s technically in the double digits, but if you put your foot down at all — and with 700 hp on tap, how could you not? — and it’s likely you’ll drop that number into single digits in around-town driving. Against the base Raptor, the R loses anywhere between 5 and 8 mpg.
The EPA suggests you’ll save about $1,050 a year in fuel against the TRX. However, that’s hardly a consolation when you take into account each truck’s asking price. The Ram will set you back at least $85,685 while the Ford F-150 Raptor R is even more expensive, at $109,145. Dealer markups on either truck notwithstanding, of course.
That said, if you have the scratch to score either one of these trucks, then the abysmal fuel economy likely won’t mean that much to you. What means everything, instead, is taking your supercharged beast to tear up some sand dunes, as Andre does in the Raptor R review below:
We also covered this topic on TFLtruck.com.