2019 Ram HD vs. 2019 Ford F-Super Duty

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Ram HD offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The F-Super Duty offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Ram HD offers optional Reverse Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Ram HD and the F-Super Duty have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram HD has a standard 180-amp alternator. The F-Super Duty’s standard 157-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram HD offers larger standard and optional batteries than the F-Super Duty:

 

HD

F-Super Duty

Standard Battery

730 amps

650 amps

Optional Battery

1460 amps

750 amps

Engine

The Ram HD’s 6.4 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (410 vs. 385) than the F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8.

The Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (1000 vs. 935) than the F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram HD Gas’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ram HD, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the F-Super Duty.

Tires and Wheels

The Ram HD has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Ram HD Power Wagon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Ram HD 2500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Ram HD’s turning circle is tighter than the F-Super Duty’s:

 

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.4 feet

49.1 feet

Crew Cab Long Bed

53.5 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.9 feet

53 feet

Chassis

The Ram HD is shorter than the F-Super Duty, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Crew Cab Standard Bed

238.8 inches

250 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

260.8 inches

266.2 inches

The Ram HD offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Ram HD Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more front hip room than the F-Super Duty Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram HD Mega Cab’s available rear seats recline. The F-Super Duty’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Payload and Towing

The Ram HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-Super Duty’s (13660 vs. 12200 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford F-350 Regular Cab is only 35000 pounds. The Ram HD 3500 Long Box Regular Cab offers up to a 35100 lbs. towing capacity.

The Ram HD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-Super Duty:

 

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Crew Cab 3500

4300 lbs.

3560 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

4600 lbs.

3560 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

3380 lbs.

3380 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

4270 lbs.

3150 lbs.

The Ram HD has higher optional payload capacities than the F-Super Duty:

 

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Regular Cab 3500

7680 lbs.

7640 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

7280 lbs.

7230 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

4170 lbs.

3480 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

6680 lbs.

6550 lbs.

Ergonomics

The Ram HD’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the F-Super Duty.

The Ram HD’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the F-Super Duty.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram HD Limited/Laramie Longhorn has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram HD has standard power remote mirrors. The F-Super Duty only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Ram HD offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The F-Super Duty offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ram HD offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ram HD offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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