2018 Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150
2018 Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150
One of the biggest rivalries in American automotive history is the one between Ram and Ford pickups. The two stalwart sales leaders for each manufacturer? The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150. This rivalry is good for us, as the two American manufacturers constantly try to outdo each other by improving their already amazing trucks. Another model year means another opportunity to pit these two goliaths against each other in this matchup that may never end. Which one wins out this year?
Engines: Ram 1500
If you’re a truck driver, chances are you’re interested in unparalleled horsepower and torque. After all, delivering raw power is a truck’s job.
Comparing the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 gets tricky with the sheer number of engine options. Still, we’re declaring the Ram 1500 the winner. Its base engine is the 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower, just edging out the 295-horsepower base engine Ford offers. As we look at other comparable engine offerings, Ram 1500 continues to outperform the Ford F-150. There is one caveat, however, and that’s the F-150 Raptor that, if you have the money for it, surpasses the available Ram engines.
Payload and Towing Capacity: Ford F-150
Another haulmark of pickup trucks is how much they can haul and tow. Both the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 offer three bed lengths: approximately 5 ½, 6 ½, and 8 feet, give or take an inch. But when looking at actual payload numbers, it looks like the Ford F-150 takes home the trophy. The Ram 1500 can haul a whopping 1880 pounds but the Ford F-150 does more than 2100 pounds. Still, some people might still prefer the convenience of the RamBox: lit and lockable, durable and drainable storage.
In terms of towing capacity, the Ford F-150 again wins the day, but just by a hair. The Ram 1500 can tow, when properly configured, 10,640 pounds. And the F-150? Just 160 pounds more. (It’s worth noting that Ford can be upgraded with an improved rear axle on some variants, increasing its towing capacity to 13,200 pounds and its payload capacity to 3270 pounds.)
So far, it’s tied, with RAM delivering more power but Ford hauling more. Sadly, reliability will not break the tie. According to JD Power and Associates, the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 both have average reliability, a score of three out of five points. They also have identical warranties.
Interior Features: Ram 1500
Now that the mechanics have been analyzed, let’s look at creature comforts. Which pickup makes a trucker’s life easier? The F-150 has more tech options available, like push-button start and Wi-Fi hotspot, but we’re going with the Ram on this one. The difference is in the details. For one thing, in the Ram 1500 the instruments and controls were made with workers in mind, so big or gloved hands should have no trouble there. And the Ram wins out in interior noise and upscale cabin materials at every trim. When you have to haul the whole crew, the larger cab can fit six adults, an impressive number for any pickup.
On top of that, the Ram has better gas mileage, a diesel engine option, and comes less expensive. Though the Ford F-150 has marginally better hauling and towing, we’re confident that the Ram has more of the features that truck drivers want while still performing in all the ways truck should.