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The Rattler Is Based On The FX4 Package And Comes Exclusively The Entry-Level XL Trim

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler Off-Road Pickup Truck FX4 XL Crew Cab
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While we do love ourselves some all-conquering trucks and SUVs, everybody will have to admit that they’ve gotten pretty expensive. The Ford F-150 Raptor, for example, starts at $70,000+ with destination and no options. The Ram TRX is even more. The Bronco Raptor is also $70-grand. While they’re indeed exceedingly capable, sometimes appealing to reason is the healthier choice. Which is why the new 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler makes so much sense. It’s a comprehensive off-road package that will be much friendlier to the pocket books of pickup truck customers.

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler XL FX4 Pickup Truck Tremor Off-Road Package
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2023 Ford F-150 Rattler: Details

Ford kept the details on the 2023 F-150 Rattler simple, because that’s what it is. A simpler truck. This new package is based on the baseline F-150 XL trim level, featuring FX4 skid plates, an electronic rear-locking differential for enhanced traction, hill descent control, specially tuned off-road shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, a dual exhaust system, painted 18-inch aluminum wheels, and unique “Rattler” badging on the fender vents and rattlesnake-inspired graphics. On the inside, the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler features darkened Onyx seats featuring bronzed accents and unique stitching that seems to riff the Tremor a bit.

While Rattler is based on the F-150 XL with the FX4 package, the interior shots and the crew cab configuration would suggest that a few options would need to be checked off before the Rattler package can be fully unlocked. This includes the SuperCab configuration (opposed to the base single cab), the XL High package, the optional center console, and upgraded powertrain. So, it’s not quite bare-bones, but compared to the Tremor and Raptor, your bank account is going to like the F-150 Rattler.

We dig it, it works, and it’s an off-road truck for the people. That said, pricing hasn’t been announced yet, and production doesn’t commence until this fall. So stay tuned for more info on the F-150 Rattler as it happens.

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler FX4 XL Crew Cab Off-Road Package

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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