Poll: Ford F-150 Raptor or Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Off-roading can be tons of fun, provided you’ve got the right equipment. Rock-crawling in a Prius probably isn’t the way to go.

Two of the best mud-slinging beasts on the market today are offered by completely different automakers, one that’s famous for putting the world on wheels and building pickups, the other for inventing the car and offering luxury vehicles. So, which rig would YOU rather own, the Ford F-150 Raptor or a Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Starting with the blue-oval offering, this Baja-tested truck features knobby tires, tons of suspension travel, underbody armor plating and a high-output EcoBoost V6 engine. Horsepower from this 3.5-liter unit measures 450 while torque clocks in at 510.

All of that meaty goodness is routed to all four wheels through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission.

In comparison, the base G550 model features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It delivers 416 horses and 450 lb-ft of torque, figures that are a little less than what the Raptor offers. However, if you want more, there are not one but TWO AMG models to choose from. The top-shelf G65 variant thunders with a 6.0-liter V12 that’s good for 621 ponies and a whopping 738 lb-ft of twist. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with every engine in the G-Class.

Largely unchanged since 1979 when it was introduced as a civilian model, the military-grade G-Class features standard four-wheel drive with rigid axles front and rear, for indestructability and an extra truck-like ride. In typical Mercedes fashion this vehicle should also offer plenty of luxury amenities, and it better at the price they’re asking. This thing kicks off north of $122,000! As for the Raptor, you can snag one for a song in comparison, less than 50 grand.

Which of these off-road machines do YOU prefer? Well, make sure to vote in our poll, but if you still need more information compare these vehicles here.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Hosteen Hosteen on Jan 09, 2017

    It's not how fast you are off-road it's weather you get to a destination and in what shape you are in at the end if you want to race in the Baja maybe you want something fast but remember faster means you break parts and do not finish the race.I will take a Gwagon(1985 turbo diesel or my 2002 G500) anytime.I want to arrive in one piece and see the view but that's just me.I will bet one thing you will go through 2-3 Raptors and I will still be climbing mountains with my two G's

  • Scott Rangus Scott Rangus on Jan 11, 2017

    Apples vs Oranges. I suppose I'd take a G63.