When some of biggest competitors in pretty much any car market get compared head to head, you know that they’re up for a clash. The 2016 Ram 1500 will be the final model of a fourth generation of previous Dodge’s lineup and it most likely won’t offer any improvements. It hardly even needs them as it is currently on par with 2016 Ford F-150 which had already switched generations.
Unlike any full-size truck on the U.S. market, and unlike most of compact trucks as well, RAM 1500 offers impressively fuel-efficient 3.0L turbo diesel V6 which puts up 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. This actually makes Ram the pioneer of fitting full-size pickups with diesel engine in the States. You might think that diesel option does not offer enough power and you are right but that is compensated with huge amount of torque allowing you to achieve decent performances. Apart from diesel, 2016 Ram 1500 offers base 3.6L V6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, and strong 5.7L HEMI V8 with as much as 395 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque.
The 2016 Ford F-150 doesn’t have a diesel option, but it has downsized turbo V6 engine, 2.7L in displacement which is capable of delivering 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Otherwise, it does offer a V8, and 5.0L in this truck which develops 385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque. Finally, apart from turbo 3.5L V6, F-150 also comes with normally aspirated V6 of identical displacement, making slightly less than Ram’s base option. Another plus for Ram is standard 8-speed automatic gearbox, but you can opt for 6-speed automatic as well which is standard across the F-150’s board.
2016 RAM 1500 Vs 2016 Ford F150
These tucks have slightly different philosophy on how full-size pickups should look like. As Ford executes traditional angular design of generations past, Ram 1500 pulls some flair straight from the sixties. It has slightly curved nose with lower fenders compared to the rest of the hood. Otherwise, they are pretty much the same as they both offer three cab configurations and all possible bed lengths. Model from RAM offers more trim levels which, together with aforementioned options, accumulates to much more choices overall. Interior refinement doesn’t differ than that of Ford’s model as they both pass through all possible cycles. As for their feature list, 2016 Ram 1500 seems like a better-fitted car with plenty of available options in all of its 10 trim levels, including best-in-class 8.4-inch reconfigurable touch screen display.
Thanks to its turbo diesel powertrain, Ram 1500 has the best in-class fuel economy ratings at 20/28 mpg. Other options are pretty much standard as V6 is rated at 17/25 mpg, while V8 comes with 15/22 mpg. Best figures from F-150 stand at 19/26 mpg, while base 3.5L V6 is rated at 17/23 mpg. Other options, of course, use even more fuel. Fords are ready and available for prices between $25,500 and $51,000, while Ram’s cost between $25,500 and $53,000.
The 2016 Ram 1500 seems as slightly better option than 2016 Ford F-150 thanks to its superb diesel engine with best-in-class fuel efficiency. Moreover, it is slightly better fitted with available features and offers much more build choices. F-150 on the other hand, is able to tow a fair amount of cargo; some 2,000 pounds more than Ram, and is most popular choice in the market which also tells something.
Ford F150 VS RAM 1500
With the redesign that came for new Ford F150 we have received aluminum chassis that offers almost identical strength like it was the case of the previous steel platform. With higher level of aluminum usage weight has dropped significantly which further improves performances, fuel economy, handling and tow ratings. It will be interesting to see if RAM will stay true to the steel construction or it will come with changes in similar direction like Ford.