Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford F-150 VS 2019 Ram 1500 Near Buford, GA

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2018 Ford F-150

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2019 Ram 1500

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the F-150 and the Ram 1500 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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 144 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ram 1500 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 31 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Ram 1500.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 11 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine Comparison

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




F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

395 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

395 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 171 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 410) than the Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150’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 Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank (36 vs. 33 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ram 1500 (315/70R17 vs. 275/55R20).

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:



Ram 1500

Regular Cab Standard Bed

122.4 inches


Extended Cab Short Bed

134.2 inches


Extended Cab Standard Bed

145 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.7 inches


Crew Cab Short Bed

145 inches

144.6 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.8 inches

153.5 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ram 1500.

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 46.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup (9.3 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the Ram 1500 standard bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension (11.5 vs. 10.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 750 pounds less than the Ram 1500.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has 3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 SuperCrew longbed has a larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup longbed (62.3 vs. 61.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150 XLT/Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost 9-1-1 Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-150’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram 1500’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-150 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Ram 1500

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Ram 1500 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the F-150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram Pickup by 79% during 2017.

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