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2021 RAM TRX Residual Value Worse Than F-150 Raptor

RAM's most powerful truck has a worse residual value than its chief rival, dealer lease bulletins reveal. While the 702-hp RAM TRX appears poised to win the horsepower war, the redesigned Ford F-150 Raptor already has an advantage that could make it a better truck to lease.

According to a recent residual value guide from Chrysler Capital, 2021 RAM TRX lease prices are based on a 36-month residual value of 56%. That's on a standard 15,000 mile-per-year lease, but you can boost that to 58% with a 12,000-mile lease, or 59% with a 10,000 mile-per-year deal.

To help put that into perspective, the upcoming 2021 F-150 Raptor has a residual value of 63% for the SuperCrew, with 12,000 and 10,500-mile options at 65% and 66%, respectively. That's a big difference when comparing two high-priced trucks that shoppers may choose to lease rather than buy.

Residual values can often have a big impact on whether or not a truck is good to lease. While Ford isn't advertising a lease price yet on the new Raptor, we already know that the TRX can cost over $1,000/month and end up being 30% more expensive to lease than a 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

So will the Raptor be cheap to lease? Not so fast. Dealer incentive bulletins already show that the new Raptor is excluded from incentives, with no discounts or special lease rates. We also haven't factored in the potential cost of dealer markups, which may vary depending on where you choose to buy your truck.

Sadly, there's still a lot we don't know. While the TRX starts at $71,690, Ford hasn't released pricing or horsepower ratings yet for the redesigned Raptor. That said, considering what we've seen with the 2021 F-150, we think it's likely that the new Raptor could see a sizable price increase and may get a big boost in power.

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