Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Ram 1500 VS 2016 Ford F-150 Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Ram 1500

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2017 Ram 1500

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2016 Ford F-150

Safety Comparison

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive and rearview cameras.

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, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Ford F-150:


Ram 1500



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram 1500 has a standard 730-amp battery (800 Diesel). The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Ram 1500 has more powerful engines than the F-150:




Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

395 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 DOHC V6

282 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

375 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

385 HP

387 lbs.-ft.

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 167 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 253) than the F-150’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 375) than the F-150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 V6 diesel 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the F-150 2.7 twin turbo V6 4x4 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/23 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.

The Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150 122” WB’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Ram 1500 stops shorter than the F-150:


Ram 1500



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the F-150 (265/70R17 vs. 245/70R17). The Ram 1500 Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-150 (285/45R22 vs. 275/55R20).

The Ram 1500 Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-150’s optional 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The F-150’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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 that 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 Sport Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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


Ram 1500


Regular Cab Standard Bed

39.5 feet

40.7 feet

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.1 feet

46.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

45.1 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

39.5 feet

47.8 feet

Regular Cab Standard Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

40.7 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

47.8 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

51.1 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab w/Air Suspension has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab (10.8 vs. 9.4 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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


Regular Cab Standard Bed

209 inches

209.3 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

243.7 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 (72 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front hip room than the F-150 SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ram 1500’s cargo box is larger than the F-150’s in almost every dimension:


Ram 1500 Quad Cab

Ram 1500 Regular Cab

F-150 SuperCrew

Length (short/long)




Max Width




Min Width




The Ram 1500 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F-150.

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

The Ram 1500’s basic available driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The F-150’s basic optional power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

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 F-150 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Ram 1500 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ram 1500 will cost $995 less than the F-150 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the F-150, including $73 less for an alternator, $32 less for front brake pads, $165 less for a starter, $378 less for fuel injection, $215 less for a fuel pump, $291 less for a timing belt/chain and $131 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ram 1500 will be $1450 to $2662 less than for the Ford F-150.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and the Ram 1500 short bed Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 won out over the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4x4.

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 4 of the last 7 years. The F-150 hasn’t been picked since 1998.

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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