Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150
If you’re looking for a new pickup to work through the streets of Richmond, New Baltimore, and the Detroit area, our team at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR is here to help. While there aren’t nearly as many trucks on the market as there are sedans or crossovers, finding the right truck is important so you know you have the strength, utility, and space to handle all the activities you plan to do with your new pickup.
To ease your search, we’ve taken two of the best trucks on the market and put them against each other. The 2020 Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 both have a lot to offer, but only one can be best suited for your needs. Learn about the differences between these two incredible pickups and discover which one is right for you in our Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150 comparison below.
Learn more in the full 2020 Ram 1500 Review!
Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Performance
When it comes to power under the hood, these pickups offer a range of engine options that vary in output and capability. To give you a better idea of what you can accomplish with either of these trucks, we wanted to first compare their standard engine performance.
When you compare their base models, the 1500 starts off a little better at 305 horsepower from its 3.6L V6 engine while the base F-150 is stuck at 290 horsepower with its 3.3L V6 engine. If you don’t want to go up too far in trim levels, the 1500 is the ideal choice if you want exceptional power early on. This also gives the 2020 Ram 1500 a slight advantage in towing capacity when sticking with the standard engines.
Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Towing and Payload
While both trucks are capable of towing thousands of pounds, we know not everyone goes for the top-end configuration when getting a new pickup. That is why we wanted to take a look to see what the base engines of each truck can handle when it comes to hauling gear and equipment.
- Standard Towing: With the engines mentioned above, the 2020 Ram 1500 will be able to tow a little more weight than the 2020 F-150. With its standard engine, the Ram 1500 has a towing capacity that reaches 7,730 pounds. The towing capacity of the Ford F-150 with its standard V6 engine is 7,700 pounds. That extra 30 pounds may not seem like much, but it can be the difference of whether you can add all of your gear or supplies on your trailer.
- Standard Payload: Comparing these same base powertrains, the Ram 1500 will also be able to handle a heavier payload as well. Its standard engine gives you a payload capacity of 2,100 pounds while the standard engine in the F-150 has a payload capacity of 1,990 pounds.
Which Truck is More Efficient?
Power and capability are essential for an effective truck, but if you want to be just as tough on your spending, you need a truck with exceptional fuel efficiency. Most people tend to think a truck is going to be a gas guzzler, but the 1500 has an impressive fuel economy. The Ford F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 26 highway MPG at its best with its gas-powered engine. While impressive, is it enough?
The 2020 Ram 1500 features a diesel option. With the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine, you can drive even more miles on a full tank due to its incredible EPA-estimated 32 highway MPG. The F-150 can’t match that type of efficiency.
Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150 Technology & Entertainment
A modern vehicle wouldn’t be complete without some of the latest tech, and that includes pickup trucks, too. Both these trucks feature incredible technological features, and the 1500 is truly state of the art.
Most vehicles these days feature advanced multimedia systems that allow you to personally connect to your smartphone, let you change settings with your voice, get turn-by-turn directions, and choose among a handful of entertainment options.
Both the 2020 Ram 1500 and 2020 Ford F-150 are no exception. They each have advanced systems available that allow you to use a variety of your smartphone’s apps when connecting through Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ and can give you up-to-the-minute traffic updates with their navigation systems.
The main difference is the Ram 1500 has an available 12-inch touchscreen display. This gives you a clearer view of your route guidance as well as the ability to use its split-screen view to see multiple settings at one time. The 2020 F-150 doesn’t offer nearly as large of a screen or split-screen capability.
Comparing Cabin Space
Thanks to their ability to fit up to six passengers, it is not just about what you can bring along with you outside of these trucks. Both offer a great deal of room in their largest cabin configurations, but it’s the Crew Cab of the 2020 Ram 1500 that brings more space for everyone inside.
As the driver, you will have slightly more front headroom and more front hip room in the Crew Cab compared to the F-150’s SuperCrew, which is its largest cabin configuration. The rear passengers in the Ram 1500’s Crew Cab will also enjoy 45.2 inches of legroom.
The SuperCrew has a good amount of legroom in the back with 43.6 inches, but it won’t be nearly as comfortable for rear passengers as it is in the Crew Cab. This extra legroom, along with its available reclining seats, gives your kids or friends a more relaxed ride when heading out for a weekend getaway.
Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150
With its impressive standard performance, efficiency, and technology, you may be leaning towards getting the 2020 Ram 1500 after reading this comparison. If you want to truly understand what all the Ram 1500 can do, you need to experience it for yourself.
At Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR, you can. We invite all our local Richmond, New Baltimore, and Detroit area drivers to take the 1500 for a spin. Our friendly team is standing by to offer all the help and knowledge you need to discover if the 1500 is right for you. Contact us at your earliest convenience and schedule your test drive today!