The Ram 1500 Versus The Ford F-150

The domestic pickup truck segments stands as one of the most competitive automotive segments within the industry. With manufacturers continually innovating and producing models equipped with the latest in mechanical engineering, innovative technology and stylish design, shoppers may find themselves overwhelmed by the number of options available. While the "Big Three" manufacturers consistently stand atop drivers' shopping lists, the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are most frequently the models considered by Freehold and Tinton Falls drivers. While the Ford F-150 boasts an impressively extensive history, the new Ram 1500's numerous accolades and loyal group of drivers has bolstered the Ram 1500's reputation to levels likely never foreseen by Ford. Newly redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 boasts the latest in advanced powertrain development, alongside a premium interior unmatched by many luxury SUVs. However, the Ford F-150 hardly goes down without a fight - leaving many drivers wondering which pickup truck to buy: the Ford F-150, or the Ram 1500? Assisting drivers in making their decision, Freehold Dodge's team of sales professionals are available to answer any questions drivers may have regarding these two models that aren't answered below.

The Ram 1500: The Iconoclast

Recognizing competing pickup brands' idling on innovation, Ram seized the opportunity to develop and release the latest iteration of their now-renowned Ram 1500 truck - resulting in the 2019 Ram 1500. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the 2019 Ram 1500 boasts an advanced, powerful and capable powertrain, an attractive exterior style that boasts class-leading aerodynamics, an interior design comparable to some luxury vehicles, and the latest in advanced technology for a modern driving experience unparalleled within the segment. Ideally suited to drivers searching for a truck unwilling to compromise in any aspect of its design, the 2019 Ram 1500 stands as the latest evolution in Ram engineering.


The Ram 1500 offers fewer engine selections, but relies on its advanced integration of the new 48-volt mild hybrid technology (eTorque®) on two of the three available engines to offer class-defining performance and capability. The Standard 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 with eTorque® exerts best-in-class standard 305 V6 horsepower, and exerts 269 pound-feet of torque. Additionally offering best-in-class 4x4 fuel economy and best-in-class driving range, the standard engine of the Ram 1500 outperforms the Ford F-150 by a sizable margin. The 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 can also tow up to 7,730 pounds - narrowly outperforming the Ford F-150. The 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 with eTorque® surges the Ram 1500 past the competition - offering 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, allowing for best-in-class V8 towing of 12,750 pounds! Also offering best-in-class available V8 4x4 combined fuel economy and an unsurpassed V8 4x4 driving range, the Ram 1500's available engines stand as testaments to uncompromising performance. Thanks to the additional 130 pound-feet of torque offered by eTorque®, the advanced engines found on the Ram 1500 offer superior performance specifications, efficiency and towing capacity.

Truck Bed Options

The Ram 1500 offers two pickup box styles: a 5.7-foot box, and a 6.4-foot box.


The Ram 1500 utilizes the latest in advanced technology to provide a uniquely safe and secure vehicle. Its 98-percent high-strength steel frame provides exceptional rigidity and safety, while six standard airbags and largest-in-class 14.9-inch brakes both assist in keeping the Ram 1500 one of the safest trucks on the road. Offering available systems like the new 360-degree Surround View Camera for easy navigation in tough scenarios, alongside additional features like available Parallel and perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist and LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning all come together to form a network unparalleled within the segment.


The Ram 1500 boasts an unmatched design within the segment. Proudly featuring innovative systems like active air dams, an Active-Level™ Four Corner Air Suspension System, a 10-square-foot CommandView® Dual-Pane Panoramic sunroof, premium upholstery materials, best-in-class interior quietness with active noise cancellation, a largest-in-class 12-inch touchscreen with the advanced Uconnect® 12.0 system, class-leading 151 liters of interior storage thanks to the class-exclusive RamBin® in-floor storage compartments, and far more class-leading features in addition to those listed above. Standing in a league of its own both inside and out, the Ram 1500 remains atop the segment as the pinnacle of pickup truck design.

Trim Levels

The Ram 1500 offers six trim levels:

  • Tradesman
  • Big Horn / Lone Star
  • Laramie
  • Rebel
  • Laramie Longhorn®
  • Limited

The Ford F-150: An Automotive Icon

The Ford F-150 boasts a century-long heritage dating back to the production of the first pickup trucks in the nation. With successive generations of Ford trucks perfecting the layout, drivers shopping for a truck likely find the segment nearly synonymous with the F-150 itself. However, despite its bestselling place atop the segment, the Ford F-150 has become complacent - resulting in stagnation in innovation and design, and allowing the Ram 1500 to potentially usurp its position.


The Ford F-150 offers drivers a massive selection of six engines - three of which are Ford's renowned EcoBoost® engines. The 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine found standard exerts 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, ranging up to the High Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and its 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Additional options include a 2.7-liter EcoBoost®, a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and a 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 diesel. The standard 3.3-liter Ti-VCT is capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds, while the 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 can tow up to 11,100 pounds.

Truck Bed Options

The Ford F-150 offers a more diverse option of truck bed lengths - offering a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot and 8.0-foot pickup box style.


The Ford F-150 offers drivers straightforward safety and security features. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ comes standard, while Safety Canopy® side curtains provide additional safety in the event of a collision. A rear view camera with dynamic hitch assist offers convenience while navigating a trailer, while Curve Control offers vehicle handling assistance on tough corners. With a SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system coming standard, and a remote keyless entry system coming available, the Ford F-150's integration of safety and security systems is as expected.


The Ford F-150 offers a design largely in line with its predecessors both outside and in. While the Raptor, King Ranch and Limited trims all stand apart as more luxurious and stylish, the relatively utilitarian approach to both interior and exterior design leaves much to be desired. The Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system found within the cabin, while offering some technological conveniences, fails to captivate due to its smaller screen and non-intuitive navigation. Additionally, the lack of a panoramic sunroof, lesser interior cargo capacity and non-ergonomic seat styles leave the Ford F-150's design woefully behind that of the Ram 1500.

Trim Levels

The Ford F-150 offers seven trim levels:

  • XL
  • XLT
  • Lariat
  • King Ranch®
  • Platinum
  • Limited
  • Raptor

Discover The Ram 1500 at Freehold Dodge

When shopping for your next pickup truck in Howell or Jackson, stop by Freehold Dodge to explore our extensive selection of the 2019 Ram 1500. While the Ford F-150 remains a viable contender, the new Ram 1500 stands apart from all comparable pickup trucks as a testament to uncompromising design. Stop by our dealership to learn more about how the Ram 1500 stacks up against the competition, or give us a call to schedule a test drive today!

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