The 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 are easily two of the best-selling trucks in America. Both trucks are powerful and perform well under pressure, which can make it tough to choose between them. Our guide will tell you what you need to know to make an informed decision.
You don’t want to pay too much for your new truck, so the price is the first thing you check. The Dodge Ram is the cheaper of the two makes, but not by much. The Ram 1500 Tradesman has a starting MSRP of $26,295, according to the Dodge website. Ford F-150 XL is technically higher with a starting MSRP of $26,540. Comparatively, the price isn’t that much of a difference to make a huge impact on monthly payments, leaving both trucks still a great candidate.
Trucks are notorious for getting poor fuel economy. Even though gas is on the cheaper side right now, you still want to get the most bang for your buck. Ford understands that you’re worried about gas mileage, so it’s worked to improve the fuel economy of its trucks, making it a better decision if miles per gallon is a priority for you. You can expect the F-150 to get an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Dodge Ram 1500 isn’t far behind, but it does offer a lower fuel economy in the city compared to the F-150. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. With one mile per gallon lower in the city and one higher on the highway, the gas mileage practically evens out and both still receive a high estimated mileage per gallon. (You can find combined estimates for specific models here for the F-150, and here for the Dodge Ram)
You want to know how much your truck can tow and the maximum payload. That’s why you’re getting a truck, right? In this battle, the Ford F-150 definitely wins. For years, Ford has been one of the top towing trucks in America, and this year isn’t any different. It can tow as much as 8,500 lbs., as long as it’s properly equipped. (Towing maximums usually assume you’re paying extra for the towing package.) The maximum payload is estimated at 1,820 lbs., according to Ford’s website.
The Ram 1500 falls slightly behind with a lower towing capacity. When properly equipped, you can tow a maximum 7,610 lbs. with the regular engine. If you choose to pay more, you can upgrade to the V8, which can tow a massive 10,640 lbs. The payload for the Tradesman is estimated higher than the Ford at 1,890 lbs.
Many of the best features come with more expensive Ford packages. The F-150 XL doesn’t come with Bluetooth standard, but you can upgrade to Sync technology to get this feature. Other than this, the interior has an AM/FM stereo and an auxiliary audio input, with four speakers.
The Ram 1500 also does not come with Bluetooth connectivity, but it does have more interior features. Along with six total speakers, it also has a USB connection and an auxiliary audio port. This allows you to charge your phone without buying an upgrade package. The Bluetooth feature can be added with Dodge Uconnect for an extra cost.