2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Ram 1500
The full-size pickup truck class is one of the most hotly contested segments in the automotive industry. Competition among the manufacturers has become a veritable arms race. This steep rivalry is very clearly on display between the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Ram 1500. For the new model year, Ford has made a number of improvements to the bestselling full-size pickup truck in North America. The lead story for the changes made to the 2018 F-150 is the major upgrades the automaker has done to the truck's powertrain lineup. Two of the engines now come with start/stop technology to prevent fuel from being burned unnecessarily. Finally, 2018 will be the first model year the Ford F-150 will be available with a diesel engine.
As two of the most popular and well-respected full-size pickup trucks on the market, the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ram 1500 do share a few common traits. Both trucks come with several cabin style/cargo bed combinations. When it comes to available features, buyers routinely gravitate toward the F-150 because of the truck's long list of standard features and equipment. The 2018 F-150 is available in six different trims XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited plus, the high-performance Raptor. As strong as a performer as the Ram platform is, independent reviews have criticized it for being behind the F-150 in terms of design cues and available active safety technology. The 2018 F-150 is the only truck in its class with remotely locking tailgate.
|2018 Ford F-150||2018 Ram 1500|
|3.3-liter, V-6||Engine||3.6-liter, V-6|
|Six-speed automatic||Transmission||Eight-speed automatic|
|10,800 lbs.||Towing||10,640 lbs.|
2018 F-150 vs. 2018 Ram: Performance Specs and Towing
Overall performance has always been a strong point for the Ford F-150; that trend clearly continues in the 2018 model year. Looking at the entry-level powertrain for the 2018 versions of the F-150 and Ram 1500, the latter has a small advantage — at least on paper. Sure, the base V-6 engine of the Ram makes about 15 horsepower more than the comparable F-150 engine, but considering the two trucks have nearly identical towing capacities, within 10 pounds of one another, this difference hardly matters.
Furthermore, that small gap is completely erased should a Heritage Ford customer choose a version of the new F-150 with the new turbocharged, 2.7-liter, V-6 which has 20-horsepower advantage over the corresponding power plant equipped in the 2018 Ram. When properly equipped, the 2018 Ford F-150 has a peak towing capacity of nearly 11,000 pounds. By comparison, the 2018 Ram 1500 tops out just under 200 pounds fewer than this mark.
Release Date for the 2018 Ford Super Duty Limited
Ford is well-established as the pickup truck leader in the United States. Over the last 30-plus years, Ford has all but revolutionized how the public has come to view performance, capability and efficiency within the pickup truck world. For the 2018 model year, Ford is changing the status quo once again. The automaker is introducing a new luxury-themed Limited trim to its Super Duty lineup of heavy-duty pickup trucks. Just because an owner has major capability needs, doesn’t mean they don’t want new top-of-the-line experience. In examining last year’s sales figures, Ford found that more than half of Super Duty sales came from top end Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims. The new Limited trim goes even further when it arrives to Heritage Ford in the near future.
Is Ford making a Raptor version of the Ranger?
Some of Ford’s top competitors, like Chevrolet and Toyota, have been making some headway by offering midsize pickup trucks. Ford has already announced that it will be bringing the midsize Ford Ranger back to the United States. While it has disappeared as a new model from dealerships like Heritage Ford, the automaker was still seeing success in foreign markets. We know that the new U.S. version of the Ranger will be available during the 2019 model year, however, Ford still has some surprises for fans. Leading automotive news website, AutoBlog, got a tip that Ford was testing a Raptor version of the midsize pickup and they also indicate that there is a good chance it will also be coming to the United States.