Ford Raptor R Dethrones RAM TRX For Lowest City Fuel Economy

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is now a direct competitor to the Ram 1500 TRX. The two are almost […]


The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is now a direct competitor to the Ram 1500 TRX. The two are almost identical in terms of engine power, and as of now, we also know that they have comparable fuel economy ratings. According to the US EPA, the Raptor R gets a highway fuel economy rating of 15 mpg and a city fuel economy rating of barely 10 mpg. It has the same combined rating as the TRX at 12 mpg. In the city, the two vehicles have the same mileage; however, the TRX has a lower highway mileage.

The Raptor R is propelled by a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that generates 700 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. It has less power than the Ram, whose 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine produces a little bit more oomph with 702 horsepower (523 kW) as well as 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. Ram employs an eight-speed automatic transmission, while Ford connects its engine to a 10-speed automatic.

Fuel efficiency figures for the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood have been uploaded to the EPA’s website, and the results are as predictable as they come for an off-road super truck. The official numbers are 12 mpg combined, 15 mpg on the highway, and 10 mpg in the city. The R loses significantly more efficient compared to a standard Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. However, the R’s standard 37-inch tires also play a significant role in the decreased fuel efficiency.

15/16/15 mpg is the estimated fuel economy for a standard Raptor with the 37-inch tire package. If you choose the Raptor truck’s base model, those numbers increase to 15/18/16 mpg. Those tires hurt you at highway speeds, but they don’t affect the ratings when driving in town. Putting a V8 with 700 horsepower and a supercharger under the hood will decrease your city fuel economy. However, at least the city’s rating remains in the double-digit range.

The Ram 1500 TRX comparison is arguably the most significant one. The TRX is rated at 14 mpg on the highway compared to the Raptor R’s 15 mpg, making it as near to a wash as it can be, but the Raptor R wins out in terms of highway fuel economy. When fuel efficiency is as low as it is in these trucks, a 1 mpg difference can significantly impact your budget by the end of the year. When comparing EPA cost-to-run estimates, the Raptor R stands out.

The EPA estimates that the Raptor R will use $1,050 less fuel per year than the TRX (assuming annual mileage of around 15,000 miles). It is how much of a difference 1 mpg makes. However, it takes work to see a $4,750 yearly fuel expense as an achievement. The R will have an annual fuel cost difference of $950 when compared to the regular Raptor with 37-inch tires.

Of course, other factors besides fuel economy contribute to Raptor R’s higher price. Larger tires, a higher maximum towing capacity, and increased payload, among other factors, all contribute to this.