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Ford vs. Ram

If you’re a truck guy or gal, then you likely start and end with Ford. It’s understandable, but you do know there are some other brands out there, hello! “Yeah right,” you’re thinking, Ford does it best, they’ve done it best, what’s the point at the end of the day? Hard to argue with this reasoning, because the Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck … ever. But today we’re going to take yet another critical look at the F-150 and stack it up against a worthy competitor – the Ram 1500.

For some time now Ram trucks have occupied the number 3 spot (behind the Chevy Silverado) in the full-size pickup truck race. Ford of course is number 1. The entire Ford F-Series is a beast, the Michael Jordan of trucks, the Tom Brady of hauling stuff and looking good at that. Another interesting tidbit when it comes to pickups – fans of one brand are notoriously picky, more so than other auto segments. Switching brands is rare, so when someone does, there is a solid reason behind it.

On a completely superficial level, the differences between the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are few. Both come available in 2 bed lengths along with 3 cab configurations. You can have your pick of the litter when it comes to axle and engine ratio combinations, and both can tow roughly the same in pounds. Now on to some differences. First up, the F-150 uses aluminum for the body of the truck which results in a much lighter offer. Payload capacity is understandably increased as is reduced fuel consumption. But Ford doesn’t stop there, coming strong with 2 turbocharged, V6 EcoBoost engines in conjunction with its 3.3-litre base V6 and 5.0-litre V8 powerplants (optional).

The 1500 on the other hand is much more traditional, using a steel bed and body and rather conventional V6 and V8 engines. For 2019 an interesting E-Torque mild hybrid system is available which increases fuel economy in the city by 3 mpg. Sounds paltry but those 3 miles certainly add up. A powerful 5.7-litre V8 can be purchased without the E-Torque, but honestly, this doesn’t make much sense. Mechanically, the biggest difference between the two is the rear suspension design. The Ram might edge the F-150 by a nose here as their coil springs provide a smoother ride.

Ram’s obvious advantage is on the inside of the cab. Not to say that the F-150 isn’t attractive, it’s just not as attractive. Envision the most beautiful girl in your school compared to that pretty girl in science class, but a bit more awkward and certainly not as flirty. Ford’s Sync 3 system is a win however, yet so is Ram’s Uconnect system. In fact, they are both a snap to use and all-around excellent infotainment centers.

At the end of the day the 1500 competes about as close as anyone ever has with the F-150. While Ford loyalists aren’t going anywhere, if they did stray, Ram is where they’d go. Final verdict – too close to call. That doesn’t happen too much with the F-150. 

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