2021 Ram 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ram 1500 vs 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ram 1500

2021 Ford F-150
305 hp

Base Horsepower

290 hp
12,750 Pounds

V8 Towing Capacity

11,600 Pounds
12,560 Pounds

Diesel Towing Capacity

11,500 pounds
Up to 32 mpg highway

Diesel Fuel Economy

Up to 30 mpg highway

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Not Yet Rated
8.4-12-inch UConnect®


8-inch SYNC 3®

Dodge Ram vs. F-150 has been a classic rivalry for decades. These two trucks have grown immensely from that competition, and with the 2021 RAM 1500 and the 2021 Ford F-150 now on the lots, San Diego drivers have access to an even greater list of innovative technologies and performance features than ever, but who’s taken the lead? The F-150 or RAM 1500? Read on to see which truck has taken the edge this year, and then apply for financing and contact Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule for a test drive.

2021 Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Engines and Performance

When deciding between the Ford F-150 or RAM 1500, Carlsbad drivers will note that the RAM 1500 offers four engines to the Ford F-150’s six options. To keep simple, let’s take a look at the base engine, the diesel option, and the top engine options for each truck:

Ford F-150 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 – 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L Power Stroke® TurboDiesel – 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque (30 mpg hwy)
  • Top engine: High-Output 3.5L Ecoboost V6 – 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 eTorque – 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L EcoDiesel V6® – 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque – 32 mpg hwy best-in-class fuel economy*
  • Top Engine: 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque – 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Towing Capacity and Utility

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V6 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500: 12,560 pounds with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® V6
  • Ford F-150: 13,200 pounds with the V6, but its diesel engine can only tow 11,500 pounds

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V8 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500: 12,750 pounds with the 5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque
  • Ford F-150: 11,500 pounds with a comparable V8

San Marcos drivers have likely noticed that our Dodge RAM vs. Ford F-150 comparison lists the Ford as having slightly high max towing capacity. This is true, however, the RAM more than makes up for this negligible difference by offering some of the most advanced towing and hauling features in the industry, from the RAMBOX® cargo management system lockable storage container to the multifunction tailgate.

2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Notable Features

With your pick of an 8.4-inch or 12.0-inch touchscreen that features UConnect® infotainment and standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, the RAM 1500 offers a higher-value package. The Ford F-150 only offers an 8-inch touchscreen, and you’ll have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

Here are some of the safety features that helped the RAM 1500 score a Top Safety Pick+ designation with the IIHS–an award the Ford didn’t receive

  • Blind-spot monitoring: Available in RAM 1500 on entry-level configuration, available on upper F-150 trims
  • LED brake lights: Available in RAM 1500 base trim, optional for upper F-150 trims
2021 Ram 1500 Limited with 12-inch touchscreen

Test Drive the 2021 RAM 1500 in Escondido, San Diego

When it comes to deciding between the Ford F-150 or RAM 1500, it’s evident that this year’s RAM 1500 truck has the better value. Now that San Marcos drivers have read our 2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 comparison, schedule a test drive of the new 1500 to see just how it concludes the Dodge RAM vs. Ford F-150 rivalry for yourself. Get in touch with Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule for a test drive. You can call us at 760-871-4202 to take the next step.

If you have questions about the truck buying process, be sure to explore our truck buying tips for informative reads about how to appraise the value of your trade-in and more!

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