Comparing the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150

The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 are two of the most evenly matched pickups on market, and both are great choices. Each one is available in such a wide range of configurations (including cab size, bed length, engine power, trim level) that it's easy to customize either of these vehicles to meet your specific needs in a truck. People tend to start driving one of the other, and wind up sticking with that brand for the long haul, unless there is some overwhelming reason to change.

All that being said, the Ram 1500 is one sweet truck, particularly if you haul or tow heavy loads, thanks to its unique coil-spring rear suspension and a choice of a gasoline V8 or a turbodiesel V6.

Ram 1500

The regular cab (two doors) generally seats three and is available with either a 6-foot-4-inch or an 8-foot cargo bed. The Quad Cab (four doors) seats six passengers and comes only with the 6-foot-4 bed. The Crew Cab (also four doors, but bigger rear doors) increases rear-seat legroom and is available with either a 5-foot-7 or 6-foot-4 bed. There are 10 trim levels: Tradesman, Express, HFE, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited.

Engine Options

  • The 2017 Ram 1500 comes standard with a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 that makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive version has EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 mpg combined, while the 4WD model rates 19 mpg combined. 
  • Leveling up will get you a 5.7-liter V8 rated at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, with fuel economy of 17 mpg combined for both RWD and 4WD.
  • The third option is the EcoDiesel, a terrific turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The EcoDiesel is rated at very respectable 23 mpg for RWD and 22 mpg for 4WD. 

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 has three cab styles: regular, Supercab (extended) and Supercrew (crew cab). There are three bed lengths offered, depending on which cab style is chosen: a 6.5- or 8-foot bed is available on regular and Supercabs while the Supercrew is eligible only for a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed. Finally, there are six trim levels to choose from: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and a new Limited.

Engine Options

  • The F-150's base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimates fuel economy for this engine at 20 mpg combined for the rear-drive version and 19 mpg combined with 4WD.
  • Opting for the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 increases output to 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg combined with RWD and 20 mpg combined with 4WD. 
  • Moving up to the 5.0-liter V8 get you 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. It's EPA-rated at 18 mpg combined with RWD and 17 mpg combined for 4WD.
  • At the top of the line is the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which makes 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. It's rated at 20 mpg combined with 2WD and 19 mpg combined with 4WD.   


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