The pickup trucks remain the American car shoppers' favorite forever. Modern pickups offer versatility, capability, passenger room, and the wide variety of comfort and luxury that the cars and SUVs can provide.
The above values have made pickups a common sight on American driveways as family haulers and grocery purchasers, not only for corporate or industrial use. Indeed, both the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are among the top-selling vehicles in the USA. Which of these two is the best? Below, we'll compare them and then give you the right to choose.
As for the maximum horsepower and torque, here, the F-150 is definitely a winner. A new hybrid variant, which combines a V-6 engine with a 47-hp electric motor, delivers the most horsepower and torque of any light-duty, full-size pickup - 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. Also, for its pickup, Ford offers a range of various engines. Besides the hybrid version, you can choose from three regular gasoline-fed V-6s, with a 3.3-liter V-6, a twin-turbo 2.7-liter "EcoBoost" V-6, and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter "EcoBoost" V-6. Regarding the horsepower and torque, the 3.3-liter provides 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, the 2.7-liter produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft; and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost makes 400 hp and 500 lb-ft.
What about the RAM's engine? Comparing to F-150, it suggests the 48-volt "mild-hybrid" eTorque technology. The 3.5-liter V-6 with eTorque provides 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. The horsepower and torque of the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 are impressive - 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. A 5.7-liter V-8 that can also have eTorque delivers 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. All of these Ram engines are matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Let's go further - the towing and payload capacity. Here Ford is celebrating victory again - its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 produces the highest maximum towing capacity at 14,000 pounds. The RAM's towing capacity is rated at 12,750 pounds with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine.
The same thing is with the payload. The F-150 delivers the greatest payload figure - 3,325 pounds with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. It's much better than the RAM 1500 payload measurement - 2,300 pounds, achieved with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
Now let's talk about the capacity of storing people and stuff. The F-150 comes with more front legroom, but the Ram is a winner when it comes to the rear-seat legroom. The actual length of the 5.5-footbed in the Ford is closer to 5 feet, 7 inches -- very close to the length of the 1500's bed. Both pickups contain essentially the same volume: 52.8 cubic feet in the Ford F-150, and 53.9 cubic feet in the RAM 1500.
Speaking about the technology features, the F-150 and the RAM 1500 are equipped with infotainment systems, but which is better? The base Ford F-150 trim edition has an AM/FM stereo and FordPass™ Connect with Wi-Fi® hotspot. The base Ram 1500 comes with Uconnect® 3 with a 5-in. display that includes Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® technology. It's undeniable that the Ram provides more bang for your buck when it comes to entertainment technology.
For both RAM and Ford the safety is the crucial feature. That's why they fit their pickups with top-notch preventative measures. They are equipped with regular electronic control of stability, a camera of rearview, tire pressure monitoring, and trailer sway damping. Among the additional features, on both pickups, you'll find pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, BLIS® (blind spot information system) with trailer coverage, adaptive cruise control, system of lane-keeping, and pro trailer backup assist.
At first sight, the Ford F-150 is a winner. But the RAM 1500 also has its proms. So before purchasing the pickup, take a look at this info and then decide.