Son's Automotive Group Compares 2014 Ram 1500 VS 2014 Ford F-150 Near Duluth, GA

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2014 Ram 1500

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2014 Ram 1500

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2014 Ford F-150

Safety Comparison

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Ram 1500. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the F‑150.

The Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/Express/HFE/Regular Cab) offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The F‑150 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Ram 1500 and the F‑150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Ford F‑150:

Ram 1500

F‑150

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

254

327

Neck Injury Risk

27%

31%

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

69 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

306

489

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.9 inches

Neck Compression

93 lbs.

130 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

597/346 lbs.

308/644 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Ford F‑150:

Ram 1500

F‑150

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

16

29

Hip Force

192 lbs.

248 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

483

669

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

764 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Ram 1500 has a better fatality history. The Ram 1500 was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 8.9% lower per vehicle registered than the F‑150, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

Ram’s powertrain warranty covers the 1500 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the F‑150. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the F‑150 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram 1500 has a standard 180-amp alternator (220-amp - Ram 1500 HFE and 230 Diesel). The F‑150’s standard 135-amp alternator and largest (optional) 155-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ram vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 278) than the F‑150’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 380) than the F‑150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ram 1500 V8 is faster than the Ford F‑150:

1500

F‑150 V8

F‑150 ECOBoost V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.8 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

4.8 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.8 MPH

90 MPH

91.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the F‑150 3.7 V6:

1500

F‑150

4x2

Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

4x4

Auto

19 city/27 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 gets better fuel mileage than the F‑150:

Ram 1500

F‑150

4x2

HFE V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

ECOBoost V6

V6/Auto

17 city/25 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

4x4

ECOBoost V6/Auto

n/a

15 city/21 hwy

V6/Auto

16 city/23 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 V8’s fuel efficiency. The F‑150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 HFE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The F‑150 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Ram 1500 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The F‑150 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Ram 1500 stops much shorter than the F‑150:

Ram 1500

F‑150

70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

218 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

146 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

154 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the F‑150 (265/70R17 vs. 235/75R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ram 1500 has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The F‑150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the F‑150, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F‑150 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F‑150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The F‑150 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 standard bed SLT Quad Cab handles at .76 G’s, while the F‑150 STX SuperCab pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the F‑150 SuperCab 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500’s turning circle is tighter than the F‑150’s:

Ram 1500

F‑150

Regular Cab Standard Bed

39.5 feet

41.7 feet

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.1 feet

47 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

45.1 feet

47 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

39.5 feet

47 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.1 feet

47 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

47 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

50.4 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab w/Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed SVT Raptor SuperCab (10.8 vs. 9.5 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ram 1500 is shorter than the F‑150, making the Ram 1500 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Ram 1500

F‑150

Regular Cab Standard Bed

209 inches

213.2 inches

Regular Cab Long Bed

231 inches

231.9 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

229 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

229 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

237.9 inches

243.9 inches

The front grille of the Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/Express) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The F‑150 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 (68 vs. 69 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the F‑150 SuperCab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has 2.7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the F‑150 SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s cargo box is larger than the F‑150 SuperCrew’s in almost every dimension:

Ram 1500

F‑150

Length (short/long)

67.4”/76.3”

67”/78.8”

Max Width

66.4”

64.3”

Min Width

51”

50”

The Ram 1500 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The F‑150 doesn’t offer stake post holes.

The Ram 1500 has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F‑150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Ergonomics Comparison

Keyless Enter ‘n Go optional on the Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie allows you to unlock the doors and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford F‑150 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the F‑150 XL/STX.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The F‑150 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Ram 1500 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Ram 1500 with a number “5” insurance rate while the F‑150 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the F‑150 because typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the F‑150, including $18 less for a water pump, $128 less for an alternator, $16 less for front brake pads, $165 less for a starter, $43 less for a fuel pump, $424 less for a timing belt/chain and $103 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its September 2013 issue and the Ram 1500 standard bed Big Horn Quad Cab won out over the Ford F‑150 6.5 ft. bed XLT SuperCab.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2014 Truck of the Year. The F‑150 was Truck of the Year in 2012.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 5 years. The F‑150 hasn’t been picked since 1998.

The Ram 1500 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2006 4x4 of the Year. The F‑150 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The F‑150 was Truck of the Year in 2009.

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