Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2021

The Ford F-150 has been the segment leader for decades, but the popular pickup faces some serious competition from the Ram 1500. The F-150 enters the fight with innovative tech features, a modern lineup of engines, and best-in-class towing capacity. On the other side, the Ram 1500 is a comfortable, luxurious pickup truck that has plenty of high-tech features.

Choosing between the F-150 and the Ram 1500 is a difficult task, but we’re here to help make the choice a little easier. Both of these pickup trucks are great choices for consumers, but one stands out as the better choice over the other. Keep reading to see which one we think is the better choice for the majority of consumers based on a comparison of key features.

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What The Ram 1500 Gets Right

The Ram 1500 is a pickup truck that can act like a true luxury vehicle when configured in the right trim. Four-corner air suspension, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, power running boards, premium leather upholstery, and a massive 12-inch touch screen help the Ram 1500 feel upscale. While the F-150 gets similarly luxurious, the Ram 1500 has a slightly more high-end look. The pickup truck’s pillowy soft ride aids in its luxurious feel.

A new addition for 2021 is the introduction of the high-performance TRX trim. The off-roading-oriented pickup truck is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. That makes the TRX the most powerful pickup truck ever made. It also makes the current F-150 Raptor, which is incredibly powerful in its own right, seem underpowered.

Ram offers a few nifty storage options with its pickup truck that you won’t find with the F-150. The pickup can be fitted with an optional multi-function tailgate that has a nifty 60/40-split door opening that makes it easier to reach into the bed. The available RamBox adds lockable side storage along the side of the bed that increases cargo capacity.

What The Ford F-150 Gets Right

When it comes to towing, the F-150 boasts a class-leading figure of up to 14,000 pounds. The best the Ram 1500 can muster is 12,750 pounds. When it comes to payload capacity, the F-150 can haul 3,325 pounds, while the Ram 1500 can haul up to 2,300 pounds. If you plan on doing a lot of towing, the F-150 is the clear winner.

Ignore the TRX’s V8 engine and the powertrain advantage goes to the F-150. Ford offers the F-150 with six different powertrains, including an efficient hybrid. The hybrid powertrain consists of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor for a combined output of 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is rated to get up to 25 mpg combined. Not only is this hybrid more powerful than the Ram 1500’s standard hybrid powertrain, but it’s more efficient, too.

Since Ford offers the F-150 in a two-door variant, pricing for the model is far cheaper than the Ram 1500. Pricing for the F-150 starts at $30,635 (including destination), while the Ram 1500 costs $34,290. The $3,655 difference can go a long way in moving up to a higher trim level or fitting the F-150 with more convenience features.

Want Something Comfortable And Overly Powerful?

The Ram 1500’s claim to fame against the F-150 is its comfortable ride, high-quality interior, and high-performance TRX trim. Sure, the Ram 1500 can’t tow as much as the F-150, but it makes up for it with handy features, powerful engines, and an opulent cabin that few competitors can match.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

While the Ram 1500 gets a lot right, the Ford F-150 is the winner in this comparison. It can tow more cargo, has a better lineup of engines, feels almost as high-end as the Ram 1500, and is more affordable. Ram’s done a lot to catch up to Ford in recent years, but the F-150 is still the king of the class.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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