Usable? Not so much, Evan! Yeah, sure, you COULD drive this thing on a daily basis, but it would be pretty miserable. It desperately needs power-folding side mirrors. I felt like I was going to clip them off when I was driving on narrow city streets.
I do agree with Evan, though, that the Raptor's weight and its suspension hardware mean that it can pound almost any crappy Michigan pavement -- of which we have a lot here in Ann Arbor -- into submission. My daily commute includes a long stretch of road that is positively Third World status in the way it's pockmarked and potholed. In most cars, I'm diving this way and that, trying to direct the front wheels over the visibly smooth areas to avoid ruining a wheel. But in the Raptor, it's full speed ahead in a straight line, and you're hardly aware there's anything wrong with the road below you.
For off-roading enthusiasts who want a factory-engineered and factory-warranted vehicle like this, I say, more power to you. I'm sure I'd be more enthused about the Raptor if I had an opportunity to bound over sand dunes at 80 mph in one, as some of my colleagues have.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor