2016 Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150 Modern full-size pickup trucks offer unsurpassed utility and don't sacrifice comfort and convenience. Engin and body improvements mean today's trucks are more powerful and more fuel efficient. Pickups can double as family vehicles thanks to large and comfortable cabs. Strong warranties offer the assurance that today's trucks will keep performing for years to come. No longer just for farmers and tradesman, pickups are a practical choice for the intrepid DIYer, the active outdoorsman, and the adventurous family. The 2016 Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are perfect examples of the practicality, comfort, and reliability of full-size pickup trucks. While these trucks share many similarities, the Ram 1500 edges out the Ford F-150 in a few ways.
Full-size pickup trucks have recently made great strides in fuel efficiency. Lighter frames and more efficient engines mean that power and towing capacity aren't threatened by the pursuit of higher miles per gallon. The Ford F-150 switched to a new aluminum body in 2015. That switch significantly lightened the truck. While the lighter body improved fuel economy in the Fords, the F-150's fuel consumption still lags behind the 2016 Ram's best in class efficiency. The Ram 1500 uses its 8-speed automatic transmission to maximize fuel usage while the F-150's 6-speed transmission just doesn't have enough gears to take full advantage of its lighter body. Not only does the Ram 1500 have higher fuel efficiency than the Ford F-150, but it also has a larger fuel tank.
Consumer demand for comfort and quality means that even the most capable work trucks can double as passenger vehicles. This attention to the driver's and passengers' comfort is abundantly evident in both the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150; the interiors of both trucks is well designed and comfortable. Ford's crew cab is spacious enough that even broadest-shouldered field hands can comfortably fit three across in the back seat. The Ram 1500 is only slightly smaller and still has plenty of room for passengers. Where the Ram 1500 really shines is the interior finishes; the trim materials feel solid and refined, the controls are well designed and intuitive, and the cabin is laid out to take full advantage of every inch.
Both the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 have stood the test of time; they consistently earn high scores for reliability. That said, Ram offers a significantly better warranty. Both trucks come with the same basic warranty. Where Ram stands out is by providing a stronger drivetrain warranty, longer roadside assistance, and corrosion warranty. While the weaker warranty doesn't necessarily indicate a problem with Ford trucks, Ram drivers will enjoy the added peace of mind.
Full-size pickup trucks are no longer the gas guzzling, spartan workhorses only appreciated by farmers and tradesmen. The Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are shining examples of how much pickup trucks have improved comfort and fuel efficiency. Stop by your local dealership to see how the Ram 1500 compares to the Ford F-150.
*EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.