Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150 Review

In the battle for the most powerful full-size pickup truck, most competitors couldn't touch the Ford F-150. For the 2018 model year, however, the Ram 1500 is ready to give the F-150 a run for its money with its improved ride quality, redesigned interior and upgraded performance.

Those looking for a full-size pickup truck can explore the key differences between the 2018 Ram 1500 and the 2018 Ford F-150 with our side-by-side comparison.

Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Performance

The base level Ram 1500 is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower. Available upgrades include a 5.7L V8 that generates 395 horsepower, and a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 that delivers 240 horsepower. All engine variants are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The base level Ford F-150 is equipped with a 3.3L V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. Other options include a 2.7L V6, which puts out 325 horsepower, and a 3.5L V6, which generates 395 horsepower. There's also an available H.O. 3.5L V6 that delivers 450 horsepower.

While the F-150 offers more engine options, the Ram 1500 has the more powerful lineup, especially due to its standard transmission. The 8-speed automatic transmission in all Ram 1500 models allows superior acceleration in low gears. It also comes with the Thermal Management System, which boosts efficiency and durability. The Ram 1500 dramatically outperforms the F-150 with more precise steering and composed handling, as well as with its comfortable ride quality.

Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Interior

As with most modern trucks, both the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 offer a variety of trim levels and interior options to customize them to your needs, but the Ram 1500 has a considerable advantage over the F-150. Not only does the Ram boast one of the nicest interiors in the class, but it also offers noise cancellation and upscale materials throughout the lineup, unlike the F-150.

In either vehicle, vinyl, cloth, or leather upholstery are available, as well as bucket seats, power-adjustable seats, and heated or ventilated seating. However, the Ram 1500 offers more luxury and convenience features at lower trim levels than the F-150.

Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Exterior

The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 are available in three different bed lengths and several cab configurations. The F-150 offers a 5-foot, 6-inch bed; a 6-foot, 6-inch bed; and an 8-foot bed. The Ram 1500 offers a 5-foot, 7-inch bed; a 6-foot, 4-inch bed; and an 8-foot bed.

These numbers are close, but the Ram 1500 also offers the RamBox® Cargo Management System, which makes it much easier to organize and store cargo.

Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Infotainment Features

The standard and available features for the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 are similar. Both include a rearview camera and a stereo system. However, the Ram also includes a standard USB port, along with:

  • Uconnect® 4C Nav: This infotainment system, which comes on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, brings you the power of Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, 4G LTE, and much more.
  • Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth®: Communicate and stay connected on the go without having to take your hands off the wheel.
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio: With over 100 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, comedy, and more, you'll never be bored on work commutes or road trips again.

The Ford F-150 has its own suite of infotainment features, including the SYNC® system, but it's not as intuitive as the Ram 1500 and its infotainment center.

Test Drive the 2018 Ram 1500 at Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Though the 2018 Ford F-150 has plenty to offer, it falls short of the stylish interior, available technology, and powerful performance of the 2018 Ram 1500.

Those in the market for a full-size pickup truck in the Franklin, Greenwood, and New Whiteland, IN, areas can experience all the 2018 Ram 1500 has to offer by visiting Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule a test drive. Contact us today!

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