Ford F-150 Raptor Trail Control™ System Explained

Tori Tellem

user avatar

The Ford F-150 Raptor has enjoyed a special place of reverence among off-road enthusiasts since it hit showrooms in 2009 as a 2010 model year. And the 2019 Raptor ups the ante with even more technology to help customers easily conquer a variety of terrain.


One of the new advancements debuting on the 2019 model is Trail Control™ technology. The quick summary is that Trail Control is like having cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain. It automatically controls the throttle as well as braking at each individual wheel as needed so you’re able to focus on steering and navigating. 

Trail Control couldn’t be easier to use, either: Press the Trail Control button on the dashboard, set your speed from 1 mph to 20 mph and take your foot off the gas pedal! Now you’re free to concentrate on navigating the trail while the Raptor automatically maintains the speed that you’ve selected.


Trail Control works in all 4x4 modes and is designed to assist you through difficult terrain. The system can also aid in getting your Raptor unstuck in extreme sand conditions. If you’re thinking that this is going to make being off-road easier, you’re right. From driving on a simple two-track trail to traversing a rocky hill climb, Trail Control will automatically provide engine torque to overcome steep obstacles as well as individually brake the wheels so that your truck comes down grades and obstacles smoothly.


“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”

Text cannot be blank or length cannot exceed 4096 characters


No comments yet.

Cole Quinnell

Inspiration for Future Generations of Ford Mustang Fans

Bradley Belcher started building his award-winning 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback at age 13 and now supports other Mustang fans through the Millennial Mustang Registry

Cole Quinnell

2020 Ford Super Duty®: Best-in-Class Towing, Power and Payload

The all-new F-Series pickup is the most capable Super Duty yet.

Cole Quinnell

A Ford Mustang Never Forgotten

Wesley Ryan made a sacrifice for his family and sold his Mustang. Now, almost 20 years later, Wesley and his Mustang were reunited with help from Ford.

Related Articles