2018 Ram 2500 vs Ford F-250

April 30th, 2018 by

The really big fight between Ram and Ford comes with the light-duty 1500 and F-150 models, but these heavy duty models sell in seriously significant numbers too. It would be easy to follow the crowd and buy a Ford F-250, but check out the 2018 Ram 2500 instead and you’ll find it a more individual and more affordable alternative.

2018 Ram 2500 vs Ford F-250

First Impressions: Ram 2500

There’s nothing subtle about the way either of these two trucks look, and that’s exactly how it should be. If a buyer can’t associate words like rough, tough, macho, and rugged to a heavy duty truck, the manufacturer might as well throw the towel in. The F-Series has recently had a much needed redesign, and it now has a considerably more modern and contemporary look about it.

The Ram 2500 looks like a carbon copy of the 1500 until you get up close and notice its taller grille, bigger headlights, and more muscular look. In the world of the full-size pickup truck, the Ram has something the Ford doesn’t though: individuality. Although the Ram 2500 is still every inch the full-size American pickup, its unique front fascia sets it apart from the crowd. In a market as congested as the pickup market is, that puts the Ram 2500 ahead of the game.

Capability: Ford F-250

To a large extent, towing and hauling capacity is what full-size heavy duty trucks are all about and these two don’t disappoint. These trucks are the entry points to their manufacturers’ heavy-duty ranges, but they’re both very seriously capable. The Ram is rated for towing a maximum of 17,980 pounds, and the payload capacity is rated at 3,890 pounds. That will give you plenty of room to handle big jobs.

However, the 2018 Ford F-250 offers more. The maximum trailer rating for a 2018 F-250 is an impressive 18,500 pounds and the biggest payload an F-250 can cope with is 4,250 pounds, which is impressive and gives the Ford a win over the Ram on both counts.

Trim Choice and Customization: Ram 2500

The Ram 2500 is available in eight different trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Sport, Power Wagon, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, and the new Limited Tungsten. You’ll be able to customize your bed lengths, drivetrains and option packs on each of these models, giving you an incredible number of variations to suit your needs.

The Ford F-250 also has a myriad of configurations, but its five trim levels of XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum fall short of what’s on offer from Ram. Special editions of the 2500 gives buyers additional choices, like the Hydro Blue, Southfork, and Harvest, so this is another win for the Ram 2500.

Affordability: Ram 2500

Right off the bat, entry level versions of the 2018 Ram 2500 cost less than their Ford F-250 equivalents. When you then go up through the trim levels, the price difference in favor of the Ram becomes increasingly stark.

The most expensive 2500 is less than $60k, but the top levels of the F-250 are north of $80k. The $80k F-250 is not the same specification as a $60k Ram 2500, but you need to be able to justify a difference as big as $20k. In this case, we think it’s a bit of a stretch to make that case. The Ram looks like better value for heavy duty truck buyers.

Learn More about the Ram 2500

The redesigned Ford F-250 is a great truck and we’re not claiming otherwise. But when presented with as much choice as we have, it’s only right to consider the alternatives. If you don’t need the small amount of extra capability offered at the upper echelons of the F-250 lineup, the 2018 Ram 2500 could be a better priced, more distinctive alternative to following the crowd.