Julie L. Cleveland
Dodge Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 comparison for client. Overview of differences in performances and capacity. Touched on tech and comfort options. 500 words. Written for Canadian marketplace.
Ford F-150 vs Dodge Ram 1500
When it comes to buying a new truck, you have big jobs to do, and your truck must be able to meet the challenge of rugged terrain and extreme weather.
The Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram 1500 are ready competitors.
Dodge equipped the Ram 1500 with a number of engine options, which includes Canada's best-selling engine, the 3.6L Pentastar™ VVT V6 capable of 305 horses and 269 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, if power is on your wish list, you can equip the Ram 1500 with a 5.7 HEMI® V8, which just happens to be one of Canada's best-selling V8 engines. The V8 produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This power package can tow up to 4,826 kg and was the engine that powered the Ram 1500 into the winner's circle of the Canadian Truck King Challenge of 2017.
By comparison, the Ford F-150 can also be equipped with powerful choices. Ford's muscular 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 comes with twin independent variable cam timing that gives you optimal performance across the power band ranges. At 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque, this V8 can deliver a 1483 kg payload.
For towing, the 3.5L EcoBoost® with standard Auto Start-Stop technology and twin turbos, is Ford's first duel-direct and port fuel injection system. This workhorse can tow 5,534 kg without breaking a sweat.
Bed sizes on both trucks are closely matched regardless of the cab size.
The Dodge Ram 1500 offers additional storage options not available on the Ford F-150. Dodge added watertight containers under the rear floor and other small storage spaces dependent upon the cab size.
The Ford F-150 has a flat floor without a transmission hump that lets you stack cargo unhindered.
The Dodge Ram 1500 offers full leather or an easy-to-clean grain vinyl interior. The Laramie package includes European burl wood accents and filigree-etched leather bucket seats that transport you to the Wild West.
The Ford F-150 believes in filling the cabin with comfort. Depending upon the trim level, you could find yourself seated in easily maintained cloth seats or surrounded by rich, leather covered, ergonomically optimised bucket seats.
The 40/20/40 split seats in the SuperCrew® and SuperCab models can seat up to six.
From safety features to entertainment, both trucks are equipped with the latest technology.
The Dodge Ram 1500 gives you an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a rear backup camera. The media hub is on the centre console and consists of USB ports and AUX jacks. It can hold your coffee, as well as your phone or tablet, which makes it your mobile office.
Because touchscreens are hard to use while driving, Dodge gives you control buttons and knobs in addition to the touchscreen.
The Ford F-150 comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that has a swipe feature along with a pinch to zoom. The available 360-degree camera has a split view display, so you can see everything.
Choose the truck that will help you take on all of your tough jobs while keeping you comfortable and safe.