We drove the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor for a week and marveled at its awesome on-road driving characteristics. Overall, there was a lot to take in from the off-road-capable beast. Everything, from its large imposing road presence to its powerful engine and beefy suspension, made the Bronco Raptor one of our favorite SUVs so far. And while it had plenty to offer, there were five features in particular that we found to be a little peculiar.
1. The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor’s protruding taillights are there for good reason
If you take a look at the tail lights on any non-Raptor 2022 Ford Bronco, you’ll notice that they sit flush with the rear end of the SUV. However, the taillights on the Bronco Raptor protrude farther out in order to compensate for the larger spare tire.
Since the Bronco Raptor uses larger BF Goodrich 37-inch K02 tires, the full-size spare is larger as well. And by law, the taillights must be visible from all angles of the car, hence their raised stature.
2. The Code Orange accent seat belts add safety and style, but they’re expensive
There is almost no better safety device than the standard three-point seat belt, and the Ford Bronco Raptor obviously has them. However, if you check out the options list, the Bronco Raptor can be outfitted with optional Code Orange seat belts for an extra $395. Admittedly, they look cool, and they match well with the orange stitching on the seats and the letters on the dash.
But alas, they’re pretty expensive for aesthetic add-ons, and we would suggest forgoing them unless you really don’t mind spending the extra cash.
3. The fender flares exist for added protection and legalities
One of the most obvious differences between the Ford Bronco Raptor and the regular trims is the addition of fender flares. We think they look pretty cool and fit the SUV’s overall aggressive aesthetics. However, they do a little more than give it a meaner look.
The fender flares are put in place to prevent dirt, mud, and debris from flinging off the tires and onto the body. But they are also there because Ford widened the Bronco Raptor’s track width by 8.6 inches of more surefootedness. That extra axle length made the wider tires stick out past the body, and they needed to be covered to be road-legal, hence the need for the fender flares.
4. Despite costing $80,000, the Ford Bronco Raptor has manual seats
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has a starting price of $73,780. But when you start adding some of the accessories and optional packages, its price can easily creep up to and past the $80,000 mark. That being said, it’s a little weird that it only comes with manual-adjustable seats.
5. The Bronco Raptor is a hardtop convertible
This feature is not really that peculiar, but it is really cool. The Ford Bronco Raptor is a hardtop convertible, which means that the roof panels and even the doors can come off. This will reveal a truly open-air experience as you traverse the rockiest roads in your Raptor.
Peculiar features on the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
There’s no doubt that the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has a lot to offer in terms of off-road prowess and unique features. However, these five features are the most peculiar and are worth a small spotlight.