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2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150
2021 RAM 1500


2021 Ford F-150
305 hp

Base Horsepower

290 hp
12,750 Pounds

V8 Towing Capacity

11,600 Pounds
12,560 Pounds

Diesel Towing Capacity

11,500 pounds
Up to 32 mpg highway

Diesel Fuel Economy

Up to 30 mpg highway

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Not Yet Rated
8.4-12-inch UConnect®


8-inch SYNC 3®

When comparing pickup trucks, you’ve got tons of choices, that’s for sure. But none of them offer quite what the 2021 RAM 1500 does. Even when you compare the RAM 1500 vs. the RAM 2500, its heavy-duty automotive next-of-kin, the RAM 1500 excels. Curious about how the RAM 1500 fares vs. other competitors? If you’ve been wondering if the Ford F-150 or RAM 1500 better meets your needs, then this piece is for you! Read on to compare how these two trucks stack up with regard to things like power, towing, and technology now with Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge then contact us if you still have questions!

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Power & Performance

When comparing the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 under-the-hood, you’ll note that the 2021 RAM 1500 offers four engine options,and the 2021 Ford F-150 offers five. That said, the specs of the RAM 1500 engines are pretty impressive, as you’ll see below. In fact, when comparing base engines, the RAM 1500 has the edge. What’s more, the RAM 1500 offers best-in-class fuel economy*. This is a classic case of quality over quantity.

2021 RAM 1500 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 eTorque with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L EcoDiesel V6® – 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque – 32 mpg hwy best-in-class fuel economy*
  • Top Engine: 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque

2021 Ford F-150 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L Power Stroke® TurboDiesel with 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque (30 mpg hwy)
  • Top engine: High-Output 3.5L Ecoboost V6 with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Towing Capacity and Utility

When contemplating whether the F-150 or RAM 1500 better meets your needs, towing capacity is an important consideration. That’s why we’re glad to note that the Ford F-150 has a lower V8 towing capacity than the RAM 1500. 

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500V8 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 – 12,750 pounds with the 5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque
  • Ford F-150 – 11,500 pounds with a comparable V8

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V6 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 – 12,560 pounds with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® V6
  • Ford F-150 – 14,000 pounds with the V6, but its diesel engine can only tow 11,500 pounds

Still comparing the RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150? Don’t forget to consider the many amazing non-performance-related features the RAM 1500 offers, like RAMBOX® cargo management with a lockable storage container and a multifunction tailgate, which can swing open sideways for easier loading and unloading of cargo, luggage, and more.

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Notable Features

A standard 8.4-inch or available 12.0-inch UConnect® infotainment system is what the RAM 1500 offers you. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are, of course, also standard. The Ford F-150, meanwhile, offers a comparatively meager standard 8-inch touchscreen. What’s more, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are upgrades in the Ford pickup.

Other standard RAM 1500 features that are only available as options or trim upgrades in the Ford F-150 include:

  • Bluetooth® and voice recognition
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Overhead console
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • USB ports
  • Remote keyless entry

If that weren’t enough, the RAM 1500 has also earned itself a name as an especially safe truck, having received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. This is a feat which the new Ford F-150 has not yet matched, and it’s in part due to these RAM 1500 features:

  • LED brake lights: Available in RAM 1500 base trim, available on higher F-150 trims
  • Blind-spot monitoring: Available in RAM 1500 base trim, available on higher F-150 trims

Your Next 2021 RAM 1500 is for Sale Today at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

Have you come to a decision as to whether the Ford F-150 or RAM 1500 is your perfect pickup? If you’ve chosen the RAM 1500, you’ve chosen wisely! Browse our new RAM inventory online now to shop for your next vehicle. Meanwhile, feel free to value your trade or apply for financing online!


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