Describing the original Ford F-150 Raptor as a smart financial choice may raise a few eyebrows, but Doug DeMuro is making a solid point for those looking to spend more than $45k on a truck.
The popular YouTuber sets aside the usual praises we have already heard about the first Raptor and instead dives into the less talked traits of everyone’s favorite macho truck, including its near-zero depreciation rate.
You could get a 5-year-old Raptor for somewhere between $42,000 and $45,000, which might not sound that great of a deal at first as that amount of money could also get you a brand new F-150, but the Raptor has already proven that it doesn’t -and will not- depreciate at the same rate as with the other ‘normal’ trucks.
To give you an idea of how strong its resale value is, the 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew had a base MSRP of $47,000 when new. Add a few options and other fees and say you paid around $53k for it in total, like the black example on the video below. That means that the Raptor holds its value better than most vehicles out there.
Then it’s the powertrain; the original Raptor uses a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 that produced 411hp and 434lb-ft of torque, but more importantly offers a rumbling soundtrack that makes you giggle every time you go near the throttle. The current Raptor may be lighter and faster, but its EcoBoost V6 can’t match the awesome sound of the original.
As DeMuro puts it, If you’re looking for a big truck and have $45,000 to spend, you simply can’t afford not to buy a Raptor.