2019 Ram 1500 Classic vs. 2019 Ford F-150

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Ram 1500 Classic and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ram 1500 Classic is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Ram 1500 Classic

F-150

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

16

22

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram 1500 Classic has a standard 730-amp battery. The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Ram 1500 Classic has more powerful engines than the F-150:

 

Horsepower

Ram 1500 Classic 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

Ram 1500 Classic 5.7 V8

395 HP

F-150 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

395 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram 1500 Classic V8 is faster than the Ford F-150 twin turbo V6:

 

1500 Classic

F-150

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.8 sec

12.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 Classic V8’s fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram 1500 Classic uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The F-150 with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Ram 1500 Classic’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Ram 1500 Classic stops much shorter than the F-150:

 

Ram 1500 Classic

F-150

 

70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Ram 1500 Classic has larger standard tires than the F-150 (265/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

Suspension and Handling

The Ram 1500 Classic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 Classic flat and controlled during cornering. The F-150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 Classic uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the F-150, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 Classic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ram 1500 Classic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The F-150 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 Classic standard bed SXT Quad Cab handles at .76 G’s, while the F-150 6.5 ft. bed XL SuperCab pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500 Classic’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

 

Ram 1500 Classic

F-150

Regular Cab Standard Bed

39.5 feet

40.7 feet

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.1 feet

46.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

45.1 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

39.5 feet

47.8 feet

Regular Cab Standard Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

40.7 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

47.8 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

51.1 feet

Chassis

The Ram 1500 Classic is shorter than the F-150, making the Ram 1500 Classic easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Ram 1500 Classic

F-150

Regular Cab Standard Bed

209 inches

209.3 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

229 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

229 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

237.9 inches

243.7 inches

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab:

 

1500 Classic

F-150

At idle

37 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

86 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front hip room than the F-150 SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity

The Ram 1500 Classic has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F-150.

The Ram 1500 Classic has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-150 is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload

The Ram 1500 Classic has a higher standard payload capacity than the F-150:

 

Ram 1500 Classic

F-150

Extended Cab 1500

1880 lbs.

1840 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

1640 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1510 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Servicing Ease

The Ram 1500 Classic offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The F-150 doesn’t offer an under hood light.

Ergonomics

The Ram 1500 Classic’s basic available driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The F-150’s basic optional power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 won out over the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4x4.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 10 years. The F-150 hasn’t been picked since 1998.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The F-150 was Truck of the Year in 2009.

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