Very true, the Raptor is an absolute bargain and the resale value further substantiates the reason to purchase. Most performance focused vehicles will never be used for what they are intended for i.e. all exotics, and even the track day focused vehicles may see the track once. The cost of the vehicle is one thing, the cost of running the vehicle and maintaining it for what’s it intended is another world.If you really tear into a Raptor and look at everything Ford has put into the truck from an R&D standpoint, it's an amazing piece of machinery. It's an all around vehicle with decent road manners and some pretty heavy off road chops. I actually prefer the ride and handling on the street over the way that a Platinum or Limited handles. The PCM has the ability to control so many aspects of the driveline it really makes the truck handle all different types of terrain with ease. Having used off road cruise or hill decent control a few times in different vehicles, it does allow the driver to focus on what's around them rather than having to be hyper focused on driving and makes a slow off road run a little more enjoyable. Still, there aren't many folks that buy them that use even 5% of what that truck is truly capable of.
You said it better than I would have, minus the Chrysler part (Ram guy).Sorry, I gotta rant...
Chevy jumped the shark with the 2008 models and continue to make the most off the wall ugly trucks since. They have such crap interiors that the all new 2019 Silverado is already going to have a fully revamped interior for 2021.
I have been a GM guy for quite a few years so it’s very upsetting to me. I hate that I have to pull the plug on buying GM for the simple reason that I refuse to drive a massive, bloated, ridiculous looking GM 2500hd truck.
I have been slowly making the switch to Ford with all of my personal vehicles as well as my company fleet trucks.
if GM wants to waste time chasing the “niche” desert racer truck market they have their heads up their ass.. Their time would be much better spent making a decent looking truck with some decent looking interiors so they can quit losing market share to such a crappy company like fiat Chrysler.