You should buy it
You should buy it
It’s cheaper. Because this model year is the last of this generation (the 2019 Ram is all-new), you’re more likely to get a deal on the Ram 1500 than the Ford. Full-size trucks today are getting expensive, so this could be a smart way to park a new pickup in your driveway without breaking your budget.
Better infotainment. Lost in all of the comparisons of engines and capabilities is the feature you’re going to look at and touch every day: the dashboard infotainment system. While Ford’s Sync 3.0 system is an improvement over earlier versions, Ram’s UConnect system is definitely better. The screen is more responsive, the menus are more intuitive and the system’s performance just feels faster.
Ride quality. Lower-end models of the Ram come with a perfectly fine coil spring suspension but it’s the air suspension on the higher-trim models that really stands out. It’s smooth, comfortable and lets drivers raise or lower the truck’s ride height when needed. This is a nice feature to have in any vehicle, but it’s especially appreciated in a truck like this.
It’s newer. This generation of F150 has been around since the 2015 model year while the Ram has been with us since the 2009 model year (an all-new generation Ram debuted in 2019). This means many features of the Ford -- including safety tech and crash test ratings, interior amenities and powertrain options -- will be more modern than the Ram. This adds up quickly.
Engines galore. The F150 offers a wide range of engines in the 2018 model. While the base engine is a 3.3-liter V6, a number of choices are optional, including a 2.7-liter turbo V6, a 3.5-liter turbo V6, a 5.0-liter V8 and a 3.3-liter turbodiesel V6 -- not to mention the 450-horsepower turbo V6 in the Raptor model. The Ram, meanwhile, offers just a base 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8 and an excellent 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. While the Ram engines are all excellent, the Ford’s broader lineup makes it more likely to choose the specific engine for your needs (our favorite is the 2.7-liter turbo V6).
Capability. For buyers looking to wring functionality out of their full-size truck, the Ford has an edge here. Both the base V6 F-150 and models with the high-end 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine offer better towing and better payload than the corresponding engine in the Ram.
Ram’s 1500 is handsome, comfortable and offers a nice degree of functionality with its UConnect infotainment system. But since it’s the last year of the generation, it’s showing its age. Meanwhile, Ford’s F-150 is tops where it matters: it’s safer, offers a wider range of engines and it more capable when it comes to payload and towing -- two of the most important metrics for any pickup. So this is an easy one: we say Buy the Ford.
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