Comparing the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Ram 1500
Two of America’s truck manufacturing powerhouses have released their flagship pickups for 2019 and the competition is underway. When considering whether to purchase the 2019 Ford F-150 or the 2019 Ram 1500, it can be difficult to choose due to the number of features and statistics available.
For example, which truck has more horsepower? Or which truck has the best safety record? Does one have better gas mileage than the other does? The answers to these questions can help a prospective truck buyer make an informed decision.
Without further delay, here is an in-depth overview of the two trucks and how their individual characteristics stack against one another.
Gas Mileage Comparison
With the cost of gas fluctuating constantly, spikes in the price can lead to concern regarding the gas mileage of any prospective pickup truck. In order to get an accurate idea of how much it will cost to fuel a truck, it is important to examine the size of the engine and its fuel mileage.
The 2019 Ford F-150 has been Ford’s best-selling pickup truck and 2019 is set to be no exception. The latest iteration of Ford’s flagship pickup boasts a second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. The optional V8 5.0L gets 395 horsepower and 400 pounds per foot of torque. The F-150’s engine puts out an impressive 375 horsepower and a top-rated 470 pounds per foot of torque. The 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 gets up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is likewise the most popular pickup from Dodge’s own lineup. It has been a trusted pick among truck enthusiasts but the debate over whether Dodge or Ford makes the better truck goes on to this day. The 2019 Dodge Ram has a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with eTorque Hybrid Technology. It is fitted within a 98% high-strength steel frame and puts out 395 horsepower. This larger engine does not get the same fuel economy that the Ford F-150 does by just a few miles. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine in the 2019 Dodge Ram gets up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Ford describes the 2019 Ford F-150 for sale in Kansas City now as having best-in-class payload by reducing weight. The body and bed are built with lightweight and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy that gives the truck the ability to trade weight for increased payload. The 2019 F-150 also has an available 5.0L V8 with Ford port-fuel and direct-injection (PFDI) system with two injectors per cylinder. It also has one air intake port and another inside the cylinder that help contribute to the truck’s power capability. This adds up to a whopping total towing capacity of 13,200 pounds and a payload capacity of 2,192 pounds.
The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 uses a high-strength steel frame but sacrifices payload capacity for increased strength. With this high-strength steel frame, the Dodge Ram 1500 reaches a towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds, just under the towing capacity of its competitor at Ford. The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 also has a maximum payload capacity of up to 2,300 pounds.
Ease of Use & Features
Both the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 both offer a plethora of technological advancements that range from smart towing features to safety improvements. The 2019 Ford F-150 features a smart towing technology called AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) system. The smart tow connector is also capable of communicating with the driver when there are connectivity issues, lighting, or battery alerts.
Along with the AdvanceTrac with RSC system, the Ford F-150 is equipped with Pro Trailer Backup Assist that is designed to keep the truck and trailer in sync while reversing. The hitch itself features a dynamic hitch assist technology that helps by acting as a line-of-sight guide when navigating the hitch to the trailer receiver.
Towing features are far from the only improvements the 2019 F-150 has to offer. Ford’s flagship pickup is also equipped with an eight-inch productivity screen that displays trailer information along with other helpful vehicle indicators, entertainment, and safety alerts.
Lastly, the 2019 F-150 is equipped with a BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with trailer coverage that is capable of alerting the driver when a vehicle is present in their blind spot or near the trailer.
In contrast, the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 has relatively few new features but is still a reasonable competitor to the F-150. Some of the features which make the Dodge Ram 1500 stand out from the F-150 include its own proprietary smart technology of sensors, cameras, and other sophisticated software to aid the driver and keep them as safe as possible. One such feature is Lanesense. Lanesense acts as a lane departure indicator that helps prevent the driver from drifting out of the lane. It also provides a visual alert to help guide the driver back into the center of the lane.,/
Another helpful feature that speaks to safety measures is Dodge’s Forward Collision Warning System that also features Active Braking. This will automatically detect when a collision is imminent and will apply the brakes accordingly in order to avoid a collision.
Like the F-150, the Dodge Ram 1500 is equipped with its own Blind Spot Monitoring system with Rear Cross Path and New Automatic Trailer Detection. Finally, the 2019 Dodge Ram is equipped with Class-Exclusive Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension. This air suspension system uses computer software to calculate the proper balance for a level ride, even when equipped with a heavy payload.
While both the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 both offer their own unique features, the F-150 has a lighter frame yet is able to carry a higher payload and has a larger towing capacity. With a fuel economy advantage to boot, the F-150 comes out on top when compared to the 2019 Dodge Ram due to its higher ability to perform in multiple areas. Keep these features in mind when choosing between the 2019 Ford F-150 and the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and you are sure to step into the right track for you, your family, and your business.