Safety

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Both the F-150 and the Ram 1500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Ram 1500.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the F-150’s reliability 14 points higher than the Ram 1500.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 second among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 8 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine

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The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Ram 1500:

Horsepower Torque

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

395 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor/Limited 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

395 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 V6 is faster than the Ram 1500 V6 hybrid gas:

F-150 1500

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13 sec

14.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.2 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500:

F-150 Ram 1500

4x2

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

Regardless of its engine, the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ram only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Ram 1500 eTORQUE.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank (36 vs. 33 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford F-150 higher (5 out of 10) than the Ram 1500 (3 to 5). This means the F-150 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ram 1500 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is available on the Ford F-150, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ram 1500.

Brakes and Stopping

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The F-150 stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

F-150 Ram 1500

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ram 1500 (315/70R17 vs. 285/45R22).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:

F-150 Ram 1500

Regular Cab Standard Bed

122.4 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Short Bed

134.2 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.7 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145 inches

144.6 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.8 inches

153.5 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ram 1500.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ram 1500 standard bed Big Horn Quad Cab (27.2 seconds vs. 28.1 seconds).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup (9.3 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension (11.5 vs. 10.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 750 pounds less than the Ram 1500.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Limited Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (35 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space

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The F-150 SuperCab has 3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-150 SuperCrew longbed has a larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup longbed (62.3 vs. 61.5 cubic feet).

The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Ram 1500 is limited to 12750 pounds. The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew offers up to a 13200 lbs. towing capacity.

The F-150 has much higher optional payload capacities than the Ram 1500:

F-150 Ram 1500

Regular Cab 150

3270 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 150

2980 lbs.

2300 lbs.

Crew Cab 150

2890 lbs.

2000 lbs.

Regular Cab 150 4x4

3040 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 150 4x4

2730 lbs.

1910 lbs.

Crew Cab 150 4x4

2640 lbs.

1840 lbs.

Ergonomics

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The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost 9-1-1 Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s standard exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-150 XL). The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost 9-1-1 Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Model Availability

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The Ford F-150 comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Ram 1500 isn’t available as a regular cab.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the F-150 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Ram 1500 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because it costs $55 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the F-150 than the Ram 1500, including $33 less for a muffler, $85 less for a starter, $14 less for a fuel pump and $63 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Ford F-150 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ram 1500 isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram 1500 was rated second.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram Pickup by 43% during the 2019 model year.