2021 RAM 1500 vs. 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®

Infotainment System

8-inch SYNC 3®

Looking to upgrade your pickup truck in ? You’re probably well aware that the Ford and RAM trucks lead the way when it comes to performance technology, towing features, and much more. But you can only bring one truck home to — so should you choose the F-150 or RAM 1500? Keep reading to compare the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 specs and features with Thys Automotive Family, and then browse our new 1500 inventory to learn more!

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Engines

When you work hard on the job in , you need a truck that can hold up its end of the bargain. So can the F-150 or RAM 1500 deliver the power and performance you need? While either pickup will be a valuable asset for you and your crew, there are a few differences to keep in mind. Read below to compare their base engines, diesel options, and top engines:

RAM 1500 Engine Specs

  • Base 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 with eTorque – 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6®260 hp, 480 lb-ft of torque, and best-in-class 32 highway mpg fuel economy*
  • Available 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque – 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque

Ford F-150 Engine Specs

  • Base 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 – 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 3.0L Power Stroke® TurboDiesel – 250 hp, 440 lb-ft of torque, and 30 highway mpg
  • Available High-Output 3.5L Ecoboost V6 – 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Towing Capacity

Given its slightly higher max towing capacity, you might assume that the F-150 wins in the trailering department. But this time, the specs are only part of the picture! The RAM 1500 offers the RamBox® cargo management system and some of the industry’s most advanced towing features. With that in mind, take a look at the RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 towing comparison below:

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V6 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 – 12,560 pounds when equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® V6 engine
  • Ford F-150 – 13,200 pounds with the V6 engine option, but 11,500 pounds with the available diesel engine

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V8 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 – 12,750 pounds when equipped with the 5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque
  • Ford F-150 – 11,500 pounds when equipped with the comparable V8 engine option

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Key Technology Features

Long days on the job call for more than power and practicality. Whether you’re navigating a new part of or picking up groceries, the right safety and infotainment features can go a long way. So, will you find the features you need inside the F-150 or RAM 1500? With a wider variety of standard and available cabin amenities and tech features, the RAM 1500 simply delivers more with every drive.

What can you expect inside the 1500? First off, the Uconnect® infotainment system offers seamless integration with your smartphone for easy access to your apps, contacts, and messages. You’ll also enjoy a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen or available 12-inch touchscreen.

Safety is a top concern for many drivers, and the 1500 doesn’t disappoint here either. The 2021 model earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an honor not bestowed upon the F-150. And some key safety features are much easier to access on the RAM 1500 vs. the Ford F-150, as well:

  • Blind-spot monitoring – Standard on the RAM 1500, you can only access this feature on higher F-150 trim levels.
  • LED brake lights – Standard on the RAM 1500, this valuable safety feature is only available on higher F-150 trim levels.

Test Drive a New RAM 1500 for Sale in Belle Plaine

Need more info before you can choose either the F-150 or RAM 1500? We’re happy to provide more specs to help you make the right call. Contact us to schedule a test drive when you’re ready to check out the 1500 for yourself or visit us in Belle Plaine to find the configuration that meets your needs and budget. Apply for financing online to get started today!

*Class based on Light-Duty pickups.

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