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Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 Comparison

Learn how the new Ford F-150 compares to the Ram 1500 pickup. See the following comparison to identify similarities and differences between these popular two trucks.

Ford F 150 Pickup Truck

New Ford F-150

Two top contenders in the full-size pickup truck market are the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500. Although the Ford F-150 is consistently the best-selling truck, competitors like the Ram 1500 offer similar functionality and efficiency.  Take a look at this competitive analysis to see how the new 2019 Ford F-150 compares to its segment rival, the 2019 RAM 1500.

Power

Across the selection of V6 and V8 engines for these two trucks the horsepower is similar but the Ford F-150 is most often the stronger of the two. The F-150 2.7 turbo V6 engine produces 325 horsepower to the Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid engine that maxes out at 305 horsepower.  The ultra powerful F-150 Raptor/Limited 3.5 turbo V6 engine delivers a remarkable 450 horsepower in contrast to the 395 horsepower of the Ram 1500 5.7 V8 engine.

Transmission

A ten-speed automatic is available on the Ford F-150, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ram 1500.

Price

These two trucks are offered with multiple engine choices and trim levels with a wide range of prices to match. This span of propulsion choices, cab configuration and specialty features can make it difficult to compare apples to apples but in most cases the Ford F-150 is priced at or below comparably equipped RAM 1500 models.  For example, Ford F-150 entry-level trim trucks start at $28,155 compared to the entry level RAM 1500 which starts at $31,795. 

Ram 1500 Pickup Truck

New Ram 1500

Fuel Economy

On average the Ford F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500. When powered by the 5.0 V8 engine the F-150 gets an EPA rating of 17 city/23 hwy. The comparable Ram 1500 5.7 V8 engine returns an EPA rating of 15 city/22 hwy. Likewise the F-150 V6 diesel 4×4 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500 with its standard engine 4×4 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. Ram only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Ram 1500 eTORQUE.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ram 1500. For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup (9.3 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension (11.5 vs. 10.8 inches).

We hope that this comparison has helped you determine which of these two trucks is right for you. Our friendly truck experts are happy to answer any questions about the lineup of new Ford F-150 trucks in stock now. We can also set you up with a test drive to further your research.