2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ram 1500
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2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ram 1500

By Autolist Staff | September 17 2020

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

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2020 Ford F-150 score: 8/10

Highlights:
  • Turbocharged engines provide lots of power with respectable fuel economy.
  • Plenty of choice among trim levels.
  • The Raptor boasts credible off-road skills.
  • Wide availability of safety features.

2020 Ram 1500 score: 8/10

Highlights:
  • Rides more like a car than any of its rivals.
  • High-quality interior with generous space.
  • Wide range of technology options.
  • Efficient engine options.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Ford F-150: 8/10

  • Most F-150 models now come standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology features. That includes automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. It's also available on XL and XLT models.

  • Platinum and Limited models can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, as well. While its rivals offer similar technology, the Ford makes it more accessible and standard on more variants. It's also not lumped into expensive option packages with a lot of other unrelated features.

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2020 F-150 "Good" in all categories except for headlights, which prevented it from being a Top Safety Pick (though the agency didn't name any pickup trucks Top Safety Picks for 2020). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated four-door 2020 F-150 SuperCrew models five stars overall, its highest rating. However, Regular Cab and Super Cab models earned four stars overall.

Ram 1500: 7/10

  • This Ram is one of the few trucks to be awarded the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Top Safety Pick+). The safety agency found the Ram performed well in all regards, including front and side crashes, as well as headlight performance and accident avoidance.

  • It's available with driver assistance technology features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. While these are options on most versions, such features were uncommon on most full-size pickup trucks up until a few years ago.

Value:

Ford F-150: 6/10

  • Base XL models are sparsely equipped and mostly aimed at fleets or as work trucks. XLT and higher models come with an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as power windows and locks, but going for a four-door SuperCrew model pushes the price over $40,000 before options. In fact, it's easy to spend a lot of money on options, such as the turbodiesel V6 that costs as much as $5,000 depending on the trim level.

  • The top-tier F-150 Limited starts at an eye-watering $70,000 but includes pretty much every option Ford will throw at its truck. It gets the powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 as standard, along with a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and active park assist. That's competitive with high-end versions of the Ram, Sierra, and Silverado, though.

Ram 1500: 5/10

  • The Ram 1500 starts around $32,000 for a basic work truck. There are numerous different trim levels, but the most luxurious ones can surpass $70,000 with options. However, Ram -- like most truck makers -- has been known to offer generous incentives on some 1500 models.

  • Common options on some trims are lumped into expensive option packages, which can quickly drive up the sticker price. Engine choices and four-wheel-drive options can also widely alter the price

Efficiency:

Ford F-150: 8/10

  • F-150s with the base 3.3-liter V6 and two-wheel-drive are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined. Those figures fall by 1 to 2 mpg when equipped with four-wheel-drive. Popular four-wheel-drive models with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 are rated at 18 mpg city, 23 highway, and 20 combined. Models equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 are rated as high as 21 mpg city and 29 highway.

  • These numbers are competitive for the class. The efficiency of the turbocharged 2.7 and 3.5-liter V6 models, however, pushes the F-150 slightly ahead of the V8s from rivals that offer equivalent performance, however. The turbodiesel model is also highly competitive with rival diesel models from Chevrolet and Ram, even if the Ram slightly edges it on highway economy.

Ram 1500: 6/10

  • As full-size pickup trucks go, the Ram 1500 is fairly fuel-efficient, achieving up to 32 mpg highway on some versions. Most versions and cab styles don't get quite that high of a rating, but the Ram 1500 is still among the most efficient vehicles of its type.

  • It offers a range of engines, including a V8 with a mild-hybrid system and an available V6 turbodiesel. However, some of these options can be expensive depending on the model, so long-term cost savings largely depends on what the vehicle will be used for.

Driving Experience:

Ford F-150: 7/10

  • The base 3.3-liter V6 isn't quick, but all other F-150 engines have plenty of performance. The turbocharged 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 is likely satisfactory for most conditions, with abundant power off the line. All but that base V6 model get a 10-speed automatic, which is fairly responsive, but no more so than the eight-speed automatic in a Ram 1500.

  • The high-output turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 found on the Raptor, and Limited models has a vast surplus of power for such a large vehicle, thanks to enormous low-end torque and virtually no turbo lag.

  • While the F-150 is just as bulky in tight spaces as every other full-size pickup rival, the ride is stiffer and bouncier than the Chevrolet, GMC, and especially the Ram.

  • Opting for models with FX4 off-road suspension, especially the Raptor, makes the ride on pavement even less settled. It can't compete with the air suspension-equipped Ram 1500 for car-like ride qualities, which is something to consider when spending more than $60,000 on the high-end models.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • There is a wide range of engine choices. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard on many models, while a 5.7-liter V8 is a popular option. This V8 is also available with a special eTorque electric-assist system for more power and efficiency. Finally, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel offers greater efficiency. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

  • The Ram 1500's ride has a car-like quality. It may remind some of a full-size sedan on the highway, which is a significant improvement on even some SUVs, thanks to its distinctive rear suspension design. Available air suspension can make towing easier by keeping the rear of the truck level, or add more ground clearance if necessary. It also makes entry and exit easier because it can be lowered. It's still a large vehicle, though.

Tech Features:

Ford F-150: 7/10

  • All but the base XL get Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a wi-fi hotspot. Most models offer built-in navigation, at least as an option.

  • Ford's Sync 3 isn't the best system in the class, with some confusing menus. And the F-150's touchscreen is comparatively small against the Ram's available 12-inch portrait-style touchscreen. Ultimately, though, it gets the job done.

  • The FordPass Connect system is also available on most models, and it monitors basic functions such as fuel levels, locks, and remote start. It can also be used to pay for parking or gas.

  • The F-150 tries to keep up the competition with features such as a power-sliding rear window and a remote release for the tailgate on uplevel models. Some models also offer power running boards that retract when the doors are closed. These features aren't unheard of among luxury pickup trucks, but they are still welcome on the most expensive versions of the F-150.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • Buyers can choose from a lot of in-car technology, including three different touchscreen sizes that include a portrait-style 12-inch screen. Functions such as the climate controls and available navigation system are easy to use, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard on most levels. Most models include USB charging points throughout the cabin.

  • Other features include a surround-view camera and trailer assist system, adaptive cruise control, and a tailgate that can be opened and lowered with a button on the key.

Style & Design:

Ford F-150: 7/10

  • Each F-150 trim level has a different grille and trim treatment, so there's a wide range of styling differentiation for customers to choose from.

  • Nevertheless, the 2020 F-150 is a handsome truck that has aged well throughout this generation. The all-new generation that replaces it is an evolution in terms of design, rather than a wholesale reboot, so buyers of this 2020 model year don't have to worry about their truck looking outdated.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • Nearly each Ram 1500 trim level offers a different grille or set of wheel designs. The work trucks are minimalistic, while the uplevel Laramie trim comes with lots of chrome trim and big chrome wheels. Also, the Rebel models boast more off-road credentials with large tires, modified suspension, and an aggressive grille. An available Night Edition appearance package on some models adds darkened exterior trim.

  • Options include useful features such as the RamBox built-in lockable storage containers on either side of the bed, which can be operated with the key. And the available multi-function tailgate can open in various ways, rather than only drop down as on nearly all pickups' tailgates, to give various loading and unloading options depending on the need.

Practicality:

Ford F-150: 8/10

  • Depending on the model, the F-150 can be had in three different cab styles and three different bed lengths.

  • The Regular Cab typically has a front bench seat split 40/20/40 and minimal storage space behind the seats.

  • The Super Cab has small half-doors that allow access to a cramped rear seat.

  • Most buyers will be best served by the four-door SuperCrew, which offers real back seat space that's competitive with other four-door rivals.

  • Towing capacity ranges from 7,600 pounds with the base 3.3-liter V6 to 12,200 pounds on models with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and the maximum towing package preparation. Again, these figures are basically tied with the F-150's major competitors.

Ram 1500: 9/10

  • The Ram 1500 is available in a Crew Cab or full four-door Quad Cab, depending on how much space inside is needed. Two bed lengths are offered, as well. However, these are somewhat dependent on the trim level. All models offer generous head and legroom in all seating positions.

  • The optional RamBoxes built into the sides of the bed add some useful lockable storage, while the multi-function tailgate can support up to 2,000 pounds. Payload capacity can go up to 2,320 pounds, while the maximum towing capacity is 12,750.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Annual Fuel Costs

$2,036
15k miles at $2.172/gal
$1,916
15k miles at $2.172/gal
Fuel Economy

15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
18 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
21 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

NHTSA Crash Test Results

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Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
4X2
Drivetrain
4X2
Drivetrain
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