Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150

    By Autolist Staff | February 1, 2019

    2018 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

    2018 Ford F-150

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    97%

    The Best

    You should buy it

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    What’s better about the Ram?

    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.


    What’s better about the Ford?

    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.


    Autolist’s take:

    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.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

    2018 Ford F-150

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $2,732
    15k miles at $2.55/gal
    $2,391
    15k miles at $2.55/gal
    Fuel Economy

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

    Safety

    2018 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

    2018 Ford F-150

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    4 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

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

    Interior

    2018 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

    2018 Ford F-150

    Interior Features

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

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

    Under the Hood

    2018 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

    2018 Ford F-150

    Powertrain

    8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    10-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    4X2
    Drivetrain
    4X2
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    240+ HP @ 3600 RPM
    Horsepower
    250+ HP @ 3250 RPM
    Horsepower
    420+ lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
    Torque
    440+ lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders