Four Stand-Out Features Of The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Vehicles come loaded with so much technology these days that it can be difficult to take it all in during a short test drive. Because I test more than 50 vehicles a year, certain tech features stand out as either positive or negative and on how they compare with other vehicles in their class. Here are four tech features of the Ford F-150 Raptor 4×4 Supercab pickup that caught my attention and deserve yours if you’re considering this vehicle.

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Ford isn’t the only automaker offering this feature, although it was the first. (Land Rover added its own Advanced Tow Assist to the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.) Pro Trailer Backup Assist takes the guesswork out of backing a trailer and eliminates the awkward opposite steering required to line up a hitch and even needing someone direct you to just the right spot.

Trailer Blind Spot

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has a Blind Spot Information System that warns of vehicles in the truck’s no-see-‘em zones. With Trailer Blind Spot, this field of protection can be extended to include whatever the vehicle is towing, up to 33 feet in length. Just enter the length of the trailer into the truck’s instrument panel display and the Trailer Blind Spot lets you know if a vehicle is in the lanes adjacent to the trailer.

Keep Out Zone

One of the issues with driving a truck the size of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor 4×4 Supercab is getting use to its girth – and making sure you don’t take a mirror off. The Keep Out Zone feature is an addition to the 360-degree camera system and uses yellow lines to give the driver an indication of how much room is available in tight situations when the side mirrors are fully extended. Like Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Blind Spot, the Keep Out Zone feature is part of the pricey $9,345 802A Equipment Group option package.

Integrated Tailgate Step

This feature is a $375 add-on option, but probably worth the money if you have to climb in and out of the bed of the high-riding Raptor on a regular basis. It’s also not a tech-feature, but I was impressed with how smoothly and conveniently it operates and how seamlessly it blends into the truck. The integrated step easily slides in and out of the lip of the tailgate along with a handy telescoping and pivoting handle.

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