Should You Choose the RAM 1500 or Ford F-150?
Should You Choose the RAM 1500 or Ford F-150?
Posted on April 28, 2020
When you’re in the market for a new truck, or even if you’re a first-time truck buyer, it can be hard to narrow down which pickup will best suit your needs: towing capacity, engine options, cargo space, fuel economy, comfort, tech - the specs are endless! That’s why we’re putting two popular pickups under the microscope on the Crosstown Chrysler blog today, the RAM 1500 and Ford F-150, to help you decide which truck you should purchase. Spoiler: we already know which truck is Alberta’s favourite pickup, but we’ll let you come to that conclusion on your own!
Power and Performance - Get More for Less with RAM
When it comes to power and performance, these rivals deliver similar capabilities, but the RAM 1500 offers more bang for your buck. The 1500 is capable of up to 12,750 pounds towing capacity with a payload of up to 2320 pounds. Although the F-150 is the only rival that has a higher towing capacity of 13,200 pounds, this can only be accomplished with upper trim options that make the F-150’s price tag soar over the cost of the RAM by thousands. With this much towing capacity, both the 1500 and F-150 will take you from the jobsite to the campsite with ease, though you’ll be able to do it more affordably with the RAM.
The 2020 RAM 1500 benefits from a new optional EcoDiesel hybrid engine in the V-6 and V-8, which allows it to pump out virtually identical power as the F-150’s turbo engine options, but does so while using less fuel. For those who need their truck for long commutes out of Edmonton, the better fuel economy of the 1500 can help keep your hard-earned money in your pockets. RAM 1500 also benefits from superior coil-spring suspension and available air springs that deliver a quiet and smooth ride regardless of how bumpy the terrain, while Ford’s dated suspension can make for an uncomfortable ride on uneven Alberta highways.
RAM 1500 Offers Redesigned Luxury and Innovation for the New Decade
While RAM 1500 continues to see consistent updates to its exterior and interior design year after year, The F-150 has been relatively unchanged for years. It’s traditional Ford styling may appeal to brand loyalists, but appears dated compared to the more premium and rugged exterior aesthetic of the 2020 RAM 1500. Inside of the cabin tells a similar story for both trucks, with Ford’s interior details feeling more simple and old school, while RAM continues to up the ante on premium features. Using higher quality fabrics and materials, an intuitive layout and superior technology - including an available biggest-in-class 12-inch touchscreen infotainment centre - RAM 1500’s interior feels significantly more luxurious and modern than the F-150.
Both Ford and RAM have extended-cab and four-door crew cab models, offering up plenty of space for everyone on board. Thanks to RAM’s superior suspension and interior layout, passengers in the 1500 will enjoy a more comfortable ride compared to the F-150. The F-150 offers an available 8-foot truck bed at a premium price, but RAM’s standard 6.5-foot bed provides more than enough space for all of your jobsite or campsite materials. You’ll also feel more secure behind the wheel of the RAM 1500 knowing that this impressive pickup earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, while the Ford F-150 currently does not have the same distinction. In fact, the 2019-2020 RAM 1500 is the only full-size pickup to garner an IIHS top safety pick, which is an impressive accomplishment to keep in mind when choosing your next pickup truck purchase.
Which Truck Should You Choose: RAM 1500 or Ford F-150?
These rivals boast many similar impressive specs, and for all intents and purposes are two fantastic pickup trucks. But despite the Ford F-150’s long history as a top-selling truck, RAM’s commitment to innovation makes the new 1500 stand out as a hard-working truck that can get the job done, while still offering enough comfort and premium features to feel like a luxurious vehicle. Head to head, you simply get more features for your money with the RAM 1500, making it edge out the F-150 as the top work-hard-play-hard truck for Albertans.
We have hundreds of new and used RAM 1500s in stock at our Crosstown Chrysler dealership in Edmonton, Alberta, and our knowledgeable sales team is here to make sure you drive away happy in the perfect new pickup truck. Browse our impressive inventory online, or give us a call to learn more about our contactless truck-buying program and financing options!