2018 Ford F-150 Compared to 2018 Ram 1500

  SAFETY

Ford F-150 and 1500 Safety

Both the Ram 1500 and the F-150 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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Ford F-150:

  Ram 1500 F-150
  Front Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 16 22

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

  RELIABILITY

Ford F-150 and 1500 Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram 1500 has a standard 730-amp battery (800 Diesel). The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ram 1500 second among large light duty pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The F-150 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ram vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 8th in reliability, above
the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

  ENGINE

Ford F-150 and 1500 Engines

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 155 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 265) than the F-150’s standard 3.3 DOHC V6.

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 400) than the F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

  FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE

Ford F-150 and 1500 Fuel Economy

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 V6 diesel 4×4 gets better fuel mileage than the F-150 with its standard engine 4×4 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 V8’s fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram 1500 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The F-150 with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency,
which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

  BRAKES AND STOPPING

Ford F-150 and 1500 Brakes and Stopping

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

  Ram 1500 F-150  
70 to 0 MPH 196 feet 206 feet Car and Driver
60 to 0 MPH 123 feet 140 feet Motor Trend

source: Car and Driver

  TIRES AND WHEELS

Ford F-150 and 1500 Wheels and Tires

For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the F-150 (265/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

  SUSPENSION AND HANDLING

Ford F-150 and 1500 Suspension and Handling

The Ram 1500 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The F-150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the F-150, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride
with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-150 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side-to-side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The F-150 doesn’t offer drift compensation
steering.

The Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 handles at .76 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

  Ram 1500 F-150
Regular Cab Standard Bed 39.5 feet 40.7 feet
Regular Cab Long Bed 45.1 feet 46.1 feet
Extended Cab Standard Bed 45.1 feet 47.1 feet
Crew Cab Short Bed 39.5 feet 47.8 feet
Regular Cab Standard Bed 4×4 39.8 feet 40.7 feet
Extended Cab Standard Bed 4×4 45.4 feet 47.1 feet
Crew Cab Short Bed 4×4 39.8 feet 47.8 feet
Crew Cab Standard Bed 4×4 45.4 feet 51.1 feet

  CHASSIS

Ford F-150 and 1500 Chassis

The Ram 1500 is shorter than the F-150, making the Ram 1500 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

  Ram 1500 F-150
Regular Cab Standard Bed 209 inches 209.3 inches
Extended Cab Standard Bed 229 inches 231.9 inches
Crew Cab Short Bed 229 inches 231.9 inches
Crew Cab Standard Bed 237.9 inches 243.7 inches

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4 is quieter than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab:

  1500 F-150
At idle 37 dB 41 dB
Full-Throttle 72 dB 86 dB
70 MPH Cruising 65 dB 68 dB

  PASSENGER SPACE

Ford F-150 and 1500 Passenger Space

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front hip room than the F-150 SuperCrew.

  CARGO CAPACITY

Ford F-150 and 1500 Cargo Capacity

The Ram 1500’s cargo box is larger than the F-150’s in almost every dimension:

  Ram 1500 Quad Cab Ram 1500 Regular Cab F-150 SuperCrew
Length (short/long) 76.3” 76.3”/98.3” 67.1”/78.9”
Max Width 66.4” 66.4” 65.2”
Min Width 51” 51” 50.6”
Height 20.1” 20.2” 21.4”

The Ram 1500 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and
unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Ram 1500 has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion
to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

  PAYLOAD AND TOWING

Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 Payload and Towing

The Ram 1500 has a higher standard payload capacity than the F-150:

  Ram 1500 F-150
Extended Cab 1500 1890 lbs. 1840 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 1690 lbs. 1200 lbs.
Crew Cab 1500 4×4 1500 lbs. 1200 lbs.

  ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

Ford F-150 and 1500 Econimic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Ram 1500 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ram 1500 will cost $425 less than the F-150 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the F-150,
including $73 less for an alternator, $32 less for front brake pads, $166 less for a starter, $382 less for fuel injection, $245 less for a fuel pump, $291 less for a timing belt/chain and $130 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ram 1500 will be $1280 to $3384 less than for the Ford F-150.

  RECOMMENDATIONS

Ford F-150 and 1500 Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and the Ram 1500 short bed Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 won out over the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4×4.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2014 Truck of the Year. The F-150 was Truck of the Year in 2012.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 8 years. The F-150 hasn’t been picked since 1998.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The F-150 was Truck of the Year in 2009.