2018 Ford F-150 vs 2018 Ram 1500

The full-size pickup truck class is one of the most hotly contested segments in the automotive industry. Competition among the manufacturers has become a veritable arms race. This steep rivalry is very clearly on display between the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Ram 1500. For the new model year, Ford has made a number of improvements to the bestselling full-size pickup truck in North America. The lead story for the changes made to the 2018 F-150 is the major upgrades the automaker has done to the truck's powertrain lineup. Two of the engines now come with start/stop technology to prevent fuel from being burned unnecessarily. Finally, 2018 will be the first model year the Ford F-150 will be available with a diesel engine.

As two of the most popular and well-respected full-size pickup trucks on the market, the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ram 1500 do share a few common traits. Both trucks come with several cabin style/cargo bed combinations. When it comes to available features, buyers routinely gravitate toward the F-150 because of the truck's long list of standard features and equipment. The 2018 F-150 is available in six different trims XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited plus, the high-performance Raptor. As strong as a performer as the Ram platform is, independent reviews have criticized it for being behind the F-150 in terms of design cues and available active safety technology. The 2018 F-150 is the only truck in its class with remotely locking tailgate.

2018 Ford F-150 VS    2018 Ram 1500
3.3-liter, V-6Engine
3.6-liter, V-6
6-speed automatic
Transmission8-speed automatic
10,800 lbs.Towing
10,640 lbs.

2018 F-150 vs. 2018 Ram: Performance Specs and Towing

Overall performance has always been a strong point for the Ford F-150; that trend clearly continues in the 2018 model year. Looking at the entry-level powertrain for the 2018 versions of the F-150 and Ram 1500, the latter has a small advantage - at least on paper. Sure, the base V-6 engine of the Ram makes about 15 horsepower more than the comparable F-150 engine, but considering the two trucks have nearly identical towing capacities, within 10 pounds of one another, this difference hardly matters.

Furthermore, that small gap is completely erased should a Heritage Ford customer choose a version of the new F-150 with the new turbocharged, 2.7-liter, V-6 which has 20-horsepower advantage over the corresponding power plant equipped in the 2018 Ram. When properly equipped, the 2018 Ford F-150 has a peak towing capacity of nearly 11,000 pounds. By comparison, the 2018 Ram 1500 tops out just under 200 pounds fewer than this mark.


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