The Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are two of the best-selling trucks in America. These high-power trucks have a lot of similarities but have distinguished themselves from each other in some way. In most cases, the choice between Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 boils down to loyalty, but a closer evaluation of the details reveals that the Ram 1500 is the superior light-duty truck.

Trims and Choices

The first difference is in the trims and features in which the Ram 1500 outperforms the F-150. The Ram 1500 has six trim levels that are structured such that to access more features; you have to go for the next trim with some exceptions. This technique is simple as you have more trims to select. The F-150, on the other hand, also has six trim levels but the features can be added to the trims as a la carte.


Both trucks are made for power, and they compare well. The base engine in the F-150 is the 3.3-liter V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Ford has five more high-power engine options, most notably, the V8 that produces 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

The Ram 1500 compares very well with a base engine of 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque with a towing capacity of 6,730 pounds. For more power, the most powerful engine available in the Ram 1500 delivers compared to the F-150 top-level engine. The new Ram 1500 offers an optional 5.7-liter V8 HEMI® engine that produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque with a 12,750-pound towing capacity.

Towing and Hauling

For the base engine, these trucks are evenly matched. The F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds and 1,820 pounds for hauling. The Ram 1500 has comparable numbers, with a towing capacity of 7,320 pounds and max hauling capacity of 1,900 pounds.

Although the engine in the RAM 1500 and F-150 powerful option V8 engines might be pretty similar. The real difference lies in the EcoDiesel in RAM and EcoBoost in Ford. The EcoBoost offers an excellent gas mileage in a non-diesel engine. The RAM engine is a true diesel engine with a superb mileage of an EPA-estimated 29 MPG on the highway, noticeably better than the 26 MPG of the F-150.

The Ram 1500 compares favorably with the F-150 as for the regular cab the Ram 1500 offers the 6.4-foot and eight-foot beds, and F-150 has 6.6-foot and eight-foot beds. For the Crew Cab, the Ram 1500 has 5.7- and 6.4-foot beds while the F-150 has a 5.6- and 6.6-foot bed.

Comfort and Technology

The Ram 1500 has a sleek, luxurious interior that offers a selection of cloth and leather seats, real wood accents and heated steering wheel. Although F-150 also offers leather seats and heated steering, the soft-plastic feel and design make it look less luxurious compared to Ram 1500.

The Ford Sync 3 has an eight-inch digital cluster information display and Bluetooth® with smartphone-like touchscreen capabilities. Ram 1500 has a slightly larger screen as part of its Uconnect® suite. The available 8.4-inch system offers both touchscreen and analog capabilities for convenience and versatility.


For crash tests, the F-150 received high ratings in tests from IIHS while the Ram 1500 towers above with the IIHS Safety Pick for the 2020 Crew Cab.

Which is Right for You?

You may wonder which is better—the answer to this question is dependent on your specific needs Although these trucks compare favorably on reliability, efficiency, and comfort for light-duty trucks, the Ram 1500 has the edge over the F-150 in most areas.

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