2019 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500
Two huge names in the light truck scene, the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 have been battling for decades to sit in driveways and at construction sites of the American consumer.
Both have impressive power plants with near-luxury levels of interior trim and have evolved a long way from their original minimalist counterparts equipped with vinyl bench seats and manual windows.
Let’s take a look at the new 2019 half-ton offerings from these two giants, and see how they compare in a test of size and power for use in today’s ever-changing market.
Power and Efficiency
Ford has been pushing their engineers heavily for a few years, and the result is a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 that has remarkable manners and power output. Producing 375 horsepower and 470 pounds per foot of torque, even the throaty 5.7 Hemi V8 of the Ram falls short in the torque department by a notable 60 pounds per foot. The Ram does have a 20 horsepower lead at 395 with their thumping Hemi V8, but the Ford does it with 2.5 liters less displacement.
While we are speaking of efficiency, the F-150 delivers 19 city 24 highway 21 combined miles per gallon compared to the Ram V8 bringing 15 city 21 highway 17 combined respectively. Gone are the days of sacrificing payload and utility for the sake of fuel efficiency and environmental awareness. You can finally have your cake and eat it too with the 2019 Ford F-150.
Towing and Payload
What does all that power and efficiency relate to, in terms of towing? As it turns out, engines that are more compact can get the job done just as admirably as their big displacement brothers can. Backed up by Ford’s 10-speed automatic, the boost fed turbo V6 is capable of towing a massive 13,200 pounds, and the Ram’s big V8 was marked off having a capacity of 12,750 pounds.
Coincidentally, that is close to the weight difference between the two in their Crew Cab trims, with the 4,903-pound Ram being 471 pounds heavier than the comparably equipped F-150 that tips the scales at 4529 pounds. Moving to bed payload capacity, the Ram gets its most generous numbers of 2,320 pounds, while the F-150 is marked to handle a maximum 3,270 pounds in certain configurations.
All this modern power is attractive, but the increasing demand for a diesel light truck has been addressed on both fronts as the segment developed. Ram has been offering its turbo 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel since 2014, digging its claws into a market that was demanding manufacturers to produce what they needed. The need to step into the larger ¾-ton and one-ton chassis configurations to get the durable turbo diesel power plants was traditionally a pricey purchase for most and needed an alternative.
Starting in the first quarter of 2018, Ford has now matched that need with their own 3.0L Powerstroke V6 offering in a half-ton chassis. The two potent little V6 diesel variants possess similar power, but at 250 horsepower and 440 pounds per foot of torque, the F-150 outshines its counterpart by a narrow margin on both measurements.
Concerned about fuel mileage in a diesel pickup? Don’t worry, the Powerstroke delivers a rated 30 mpg on the highway, while the Ram EcoDiesel manages to sip fuel to the tune of 26 mpg on the same stretch of road. This is going be a very competitive market segment to control, and the F-150 has done the groundwork to ensure it will be visible at the front of the pack.
Passenger Comfort and Technology
Both trucks have come a long way from their roots where comfort is concerned. Leather is standard for most trim levels on both models, and both now have extensive technology options packed into their cabs. For instance, one look into the Ram instantly draws you to the large optional 12.3-inch center touchscreen dominating the dash (if equipped). While the F-150 doesn’t supply such an over-the-top option, it does have a more customizable cluster display that will impress equally well, letting you keep tabs on exactly what you want to see.
Driver aids are optional across most of the ranges, offering you a range of options to accommodate your needs, but it should be noted that Ram only offers certain traditional aids on the higher trim packages. Both have Bluetooth, satellite radio, and keyless ignitions as standard.
You can step up the luxury a notch though, with heated and cooled seats coming standard as well on most trim packages. The F-150 has even been offering a massaging seat option for the past few years and is currently the only pickup truck to offer such a distinctive feature. Gone are the days of needing a luxury brand to enjoy a luxurious interior fit for a business executive. These trucks were designed to be mobile offices, and they both deliver comfort and practicality in spades.
Dimensionally the exterior of the Ram is moderately larger, coming in at 232.9 inches in length and 82.1 wide, while the F-150 is just slightly smaller at 231.9 long and 79.9 wide. That didn’t stop the Ford from having more room inside through the more efficient use of space. Sporting more front legroom by three inches (43.9 in total) and front shoulder room by almost an inch, it managed to only lose headroom to the Ram by 0.1 inches. The Ram does make good use of the extra overall length in the back, managing to squeak 1.4 more inches of rear legroom over the Ford. The F-150, nonetheless, manages to edge out the Ram with rear headroom and shoulder room, measuring 40.3 inches for the former and 65.9 inches for the latter. Interior materials are of slightly higher quality in the Ford, but both marques use very high-quality materials and build quality throughout.
With both brands receiving major recent exterior aesthetic facelifts and improvements in technology, both have become poised to fight for the prime spot amongst the light truck market. While both have similar numbers overall, the F-150 makes higher marks in key areas such as performance, towing, payload, and economy.