2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150

2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150

2021 RAM 1500


2021 Ford F-150

on Base Trim (hp)


V8 Towing
Capacity (Pounds)


Diesel Towing
Capacity (Pounds)


Diesel Fuel Economy
(Highway MPG)


Safety Pick+

Not Yet Rated
8.4-12-inch UConnect®


8-inch SYNC 3®

Martinsville drivers who are truck enthusiasts will know about the long-time rivalry between RAM and Ford. The rivalry continues with the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 models and many drivers often wonder which one is the better fit for their commutes in the Danville area. Luckily, Gunter CDJR Martinsville has prepared this handy RAM 1500 vs. F-150 comparison guide to help you decide which pickup truck you want. Let’s dive into the towing capacity, performance, and noteworthy features of these two models to see if the Ford F-150 or the RAM 1500 come up on top!

RAM 1500 or Ford F-150: Towing Capacity

Since the RAM 1500 and Ford F-150 are pickup trucks, it is a must to compare their towing capacity. Take a look at the capacity of the V8 and V6 engines:

V8 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque – 12,750 pounds
  • Ford F-150 Comparable V8 – 11,600 pounds 

V6 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® V6 – 12,560 pounds
  • Ford F-150 V6 – 14,000 pounds
  • Ford F-150 Diesel Engine – 11,500 pounds

When you are simply looking at the raw power, you will be impressed by the higher maximum towing capacity of the F-150 V6 engine. However, you will not be able to use RAM 1500’s advanced features, such as the RAMBOX® cargo management system lockable storage container and the multifunction tailgate to load and unload items easier.

RAM 1500 or Ford F-150: Performance

Now that you have seen the towing capacities of these two models, let’s view the performance specs to see how the towing experience is enhanced. While the 2021 RAM 1500 offers four engine options,the 2021 Ford F-150 offers five. Focusing on the standard, diesel, and top engine options, check out the specs for each model below:

Standard Engine

  • RAM 1500 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 eTorque – 305 hp & 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Ford F-150 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 – 290 hp & 265 lb-ft of torque

Diesel Engine

  • RAM 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel V6® – 260 hp & 480 lb-ft of torque (33 mpg hwy best-in-class fuel economy*)
  • Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke® TurboDiesel – 250 hp & 440 lb-ft of torque (30 mpg hwy)

Top Engine

  • RAM 1500 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque – 395 hp & 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Ford F-150 High-Output 3.5L Ecoboost V6 – 450 hp & 510 lb-ft of torque

As you can see, while the Ford F-159 has a more powerful top engine, the RAM 1500 offers more powerful performance across most of the engines.

RAM 1500 or Ford F-150: Features

After comparing the towing capacity and the performance of the RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150, we need to take a look at the features as that is the icing on the cake. Inside the RAM 1500, you will find either an 8.4-inch or 12.0-inch touchscreen along with the UConnect® infotainment system and standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto to help you stay connected on the Reidsville, NC roads. Whilethe Ford F-150 has an 8-inch touchscreen, you will have to upgrade the trim level to enjoy Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Other standard RAM 1500 features that you have to upgrade the Ford F-150 to get are:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Voice Recognition
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Six-Speaker Sound System
  • Overhead Console
  • Heated Side Mirrors

In addition to these luxurious features, you can also enjoy the following safety features that contributed to the RAM 1500 earning a Top Safety Pick+ designation that the F-150 did not earn:

  • LED brake light – Available in RAM 1500 base trim, available on higher F-150 trims
  • Blind-spot monitoring – Available in RAM 1500 base trim, available on higher F-150 trims

Experience the 2021 RAM 1500 at Gunter CDJR Martinsville

If what you’ve learned about the 2021 RAM 1500 seems a little too good to be true, come by Ridgeway to confirm these highlights yourself! What’s more is that the RAM 1500 has already made its way to the MotorTrend Truck of the Year in 2019, so you will be driving an upgraded truck of the year.

If you’re sold on the RAM 1500, then get your car shopping process started by applying for financing at Gunter CDJR Martinsville and checking out our car buying tips. In the meantime, if you come across any questions, feel free to contact us and we will help you get you on the Martinsville roads with a brand new 2021 RAM 1500!


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