2018 RAM 1500 vs Ford F-150 near Charlotte

The 2018 RAM 1500 goes up against the 2018 Ford F-150

Shopping for a pickup is not a straightforward matter. There is a lot to consider, like cab style, bed length, and engine size. Then you have to decide on what trim you like! That matter gets further complicated when you're looking at trucks from competing brands. At Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram we of course love to hear when shoppers are diehard RAM fans and aren't interested in the other options, but we also realize that isn't usually the case when people come into our Gastonia dealership.

Instead of pretending the competition isn't out there waiting to eat our lunch, so to speak, we want to place it side by side with our 2018 RAM 1500 so you can see how the two compare. Up against the RAM 1500 today is the Ford F-150. The question is: which truck do you want to drive around Charlotte?

Engines & Specs

The RAM 1500 has three engines to choose from. There's a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6L V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, and a hefty 5.7L HEMI® V8 with 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150 currently has four choices. The first two are a 3.3L V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque and a 2.7L that has 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The last two are a 5.0L V8 with 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5L with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Sometime in 2018 they'll add on a diesel option.

While there are more Ford Engines to choose from, we like the simplicity of the RAM 1500s engine lineup and we already have a diesel

option in the ring. While some of the Ford's specs might be a little stronger than ours in areas, we have no doubt you'll be able to tow and haul around Lincolnton with ease. And did we mention you can already buy a diesel?

Interior Amenities

It wasn't that long ago that pickups were only seen as work horses, but that has changed as brands have begun offering higher trim levels that are luxurious enough to rival certain German brands.  The top trims for the RAM 1500 are the Laramie Longhorn and Limited, and highlights included premium Filigree leather, real wood accents, and a 7-inch information cluster for the driver to quickly and easy read vehicle information (it's both convenient and attractive, too!) The Ford's is the Platinum and Limited and they aren't bad options, but RAM goes above and beyond with the quality of their materials, and you can find more premium appointments even on the lower trims.

Ride & Handling

We've come a long way with suspensions, and today driving a truck is a smooth and stable experience, similar to being behind the wheel of a car in some cases. The RAM 1500 has an edge over the Ford F-150 thanks to class-exclusive Four-Corner Air Suspension, and it truly makes driving over bumpy roads a nonissue!

The RAM 1500 and Ford F-150 have been long-time rivals, and even we can admit the F-150 has its own merits. That said, the RAM 1500's current diesel and straightforward engine offerings, higher quality materials, and comfortable suspension make it a top choice for us.

To see why we love this truck so much, stop into our dealership this week. We'll listen to what you're hoping to get out of a truck and point you to the trims we think will best meet your needs. We also serve South Carolina shoppers from Fort Mill and Rock Hill and love greeting those that have made the journey across state lines.


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