2020 Ram HD vs. 2020 Ford F-Super Duty

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Safety

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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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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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 has a standard 730-amp battery. The F-Super Duty only offers a standard 650-amp battery.

Engine

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram HD 6.4 V8 is faster than the Ford F-Super Duty 6.2 SOHC V8:

HD

F-Super Duty

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.7 sec

13.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ram HD V8’s fuel efficiency. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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.

The Ram HD Standard Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Super Duty Diesel’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 29 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ram HD Long Bed Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Super Duty’s optional fuel tank (50 vs. 48 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ram HD stops much shorter than the F-Super Duty:

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

160 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Ram HD’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Super Duty’s optional 65 series tires.

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

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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

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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 front grille of the Ram HD uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The F-Super Duty doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

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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

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The Ram HD’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-Super Duty’s (13660 vs. 12300 pounds).

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.

3550 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

4600 lbs.

3720 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

3380 lbs.

3370 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

4270 lbs.

3120 lbs.

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

Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

7280 lbs.

7210 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

4170 lbs.

3470 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

6680 lbs.

6530 lbs.

Ergonomics

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

When the Ram HD with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The F-Super Duty’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Ram HD, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the F-Super Duty.

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Motor Trend selected the Ram HD as their 2020 Truck of the Year. The F-Super Duty was Truck of the Year in 2017.

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