The Ford F-150 isn't just America's favorite truck; it's been the country's top-selling vehicle overall for more than four decades. Of course, maintaining such a track record doesn't happen by resting on one's laurels. Ford's unrelenting commitment to innovation has kept the F-150 at the forefront of its segment, where it continues to set the standard for other pickups to follow. And drivers from Pauling, OH, to Auburn, IN, can find it here at Jim Schmidt Ford in Hicksville.

While the full-size truck class offers several appealing options, the Ford F-150's cutting-edge features and Built Ford Tough capability make it a tough act to follow. Here's a quick look at how it compares in a few important areas to another prominent class competitor, the Ram 1500.

Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Powertrains and Performance

The Ford F-150 offers a diverse and extensive range of powertrain options that are available across the lineup, allowing drivers to dial in their ideal blend of performance, efficiency, and value. The standard 3.3L V6 (290 horsepower, 265 pound-feet of torque) is ideal for light-duty work, with a max tow rating of 8,200 pounds1. While the Ram 1500's comparable 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp, 269 lb-ft) makes a bit more power, it falls short in terms of towing, with a max rating of 7,750 pounds.

If you need more capability, the F-150 has you covered, with four additional powertrain options. The

  • The 2.7L EcoBoost V6 (325 hp and 400 lb-ft) comes standard on LARIAT models and has a max tow rating of 10,100 pounds1.

  • The 5.0L V8 (400 hp, 410 lb-ft) is standard on KING RANCH and PLATINUM models and can tow up to 13,000 pounds. It also enables a best-in-class available payload of 3,323 pounds1.

  • The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 (400 hp, 500 lb-ft) is standard on LIMITED models and boasts a best-in-class max tow rating of 14,000 pounds1.

  • The 3.5-liter PowerBoost Hybrid V6 isn't some overbuilt "mild hybrid." It's the industry's first full hybrid in a pickup making 430 hp and 570 lb-ft, with a max tow rating of 12,700 pounds1.

The Ram 1500 offers a 5.7-liter V-8 (395 hp, 410 lb-ft), but it's only standard on the top-tier Limited trim. All other trims come standard with the base engine. It also tops out at an 11,590-pound tow rating, or 12,750 with the available eTorque mild-hybrid variant. The only other option is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 (260 hp, 480 lb-ft) with a 12,560-pound tow rating. Additionally, The Ram 1500's max payload rating of 2,300 pounds is limited to its least powerful engine. V8 and turbo-diesel models top out at 1,940 and 2,090 pounds, respectively.

Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Standard Equipment

The Ford F-150 is nicely equipped even in its entry-level configuration. The base F-150 XL comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen powered by Ford's next-gen SYNC 4 infotainment system. It also features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and advanced safety features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and automatic high beams. You'd have to climb up to the Ram 1500's third-tier trim to get automatic emergency braking. And a touchscreen infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto aren't standard until the Ram's fourth-tier trim.

Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Available Features

The Ford F-150 offers a wide range of innovative features to help you work harder and smarter, like multiple clever work surfaces, Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. It's also available with Ford BlueCruise, a true hands-free highway driving technology that works on over 130,000 miles of qualified roads in the US and Canada. The Ram 1500 offers several appealing features, but it can't match the F-150's towing tech and versatility and doesn't offer an equivalent semi-autonomous driving feature.

Learn More at Jim Schmidt Ford

Reach out to Jim Schmidt Ford today to learn more about the Ford F-150 and its available configuration options, financing offers, and custom ordering opportunities. If you'd like to see for yourself what separates the F-150 from the competition, we welcome you to visit our Hicksville Ford dealership, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. We'll be happy to show you around.

1Depending on configuration. See label on door jamb for vehicle-specific towing and payload ratings.

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