The 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 RAM 1500 are both light-duty full-sized trucks from brands known for producing capable pickups ready to get the job done. You won’t regret buying either of these models, but a closer comparison will ensure you make the right decision. Consider the traits most important to those looking for pickups, such as powertrain options, towing, power and hauling capacity. But don’t forget to also look at interior features, safety, and other specs when making a comparison. We’ll take care of all the research for you; you just need to choose which categories matter the most to you.
One of the simplest ways to compare the two pickups is by looking at the price. At a glance, the 2017 RAM 1500 starts at $235 less than the base F-150 XL, giving it a starting price of $26,495. But it’s more complicated than that and experts tend to agree that you get a bit more for each dollar with the Ford F-150 than the RAM 1500 at this entry-level point. Unless you only want the base model, keep in mind that both the RAM and F-150 are divided into a long list of trim packages. While the RAM has more of packages that offer deals on pricey selling points, the F-150 allows for extra customization, letting you add standalone features to most models. That allows you to get closer to your ideal price with the Ford, but you might find a steal from Ram if you’re looking at a good package.
Truck Bed and Interior Storage
When it comes to pickup trucks, it is no surprize that the truck bed is among the most important details to consider. In this area, the 2017 F-150 and the 2017 RAM 1500 are more or less equal. Overall, the Ford F-150 offers a 5-foot-6-inch, 6-foot-6-inch, or 8-foot truck bed while the RAM 1500 lets you pick from a 5-foot-7-inch, 6-foot-4-inch, and 8-foot bed. Each pickup has its own additional features to help it stand out.
The F-150 has a flat floor inside the cabin, so you can easily fit items within the space and stack them. The RAM 1500 stands out with its Rambox storage compartments, including a range of small bins, watertight storage spaces, and fold-out storage in the Quad Cab.
Hauling and Towing
In their base configurations, the RAM 1500 and the Ford F-150 each tow as much as 7,600 pounds and either model also offers a configuration to tow over 10,000 pounds. Keep in mind, however, that while the RAM 1500 can tow up to a maximum 11,000 pounds, the Ford F-150 can handle 12,200 pounds. The F-150 also offers towing assistance features such as a smart trailer tow connector, tow/haul driving mode, dynamic hitch assist, and trailer backup assist.
It comes down to a matter of preference, but most agree that the RAM 1500’s interior is nicer and more comfortable than that of the F-150. If you compare reviews of the two models, you will notice that drivers and experts alike consistently praise the RAM’s seats for being supportive and comfortable on longer rides. While the F-150’s interior is better than it has been in previous years, it is still a bit behind in the segment. You won’t lack seat comfort with the F-150, but it simply doesn’t compare to the RAM 1500 in refinement or fit and finish.
Moving on to other aspects of the interior, both the F-150 and RAM 1500 have good visibility along with a very reasonable amount of legroom for all passengers, including those in the rear. This is a full-sized truck after all.
A key part of the interior is technology, another area where most agree that the RAM 1500 takes the lead. One of the best features is the RAM’s redundant buttons and knobs that let drivers choose if they want to control certain functions via the touchscreen or traditional analog controls. Its voice recognition system is also among the top in the industry. Still, RAM only scrapes by with a slight advantage in the category, as the Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use and also works well. Ford also features useful knobs, although those in the RAM get more favorable reviews. Overall, most drivers prefer the RAM’s infotainment system for its simplicity and convenience; you won’t waste time connecting your smartphone or figuring out how to use the system.
The 2017 Ford F-150 has very good safety ratings with the RAM 1500 falling slightly behind. The F-150 got four five-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with four stars for rollover testing. By comparison, the RAM 1500 only earned five stars for its side crash test. The Ford also did better in safety tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Even so, the RAM comes standard with stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, airbags, hill-start assist, and trailer-sway control and offers both front and rear parking assistance.
The RAM 1500 lets drivers pick from three powertrains. The 305-horsepower, 269-pound-foot 3.6-liter V6 starts the lineup, followed by a 395-horsepower, 410-pound-foot 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet.
The Ford F-150 also lets you choose from multiple engines, including a 375-horsepower, 470-pound-foot 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a 385-horsepower, 387-pound-foot 5.0-liter V8. The Ford F-150 Raptor trim is the most powerful with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet.
Unless you get the Ford F-150 Raptor, the RAM 1500 will deliver the most power of the bunch. Drivers prefer the Ford for its agility but the RAM for its quietness and softness on