2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150

2021 RAM 1500 vs. 2021 Ford F-150
2021 RAM 1500


2021 Ford F-150
305 hp

Base Horsepower

290 hp
12,750 Pounds

V8 Towing Capacity

11,600 Pounds
12,560 Pounds

Diesel Towing Capacity

12,100 pounds
Up to 33 mpg highway

Diesel Fuel Economy

Up to 30 mpg highway

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Not Yet Rated
8.4-12-inch UConnect®


8-inch SYNC 3®

F-150 or RAM 1500? That’s been the question among Portland truck lovers for decades. Both of these light-duty full-size trucks have legions of fans for good reason, but which one is better for how you drive in Beaverton? Join Dick Hannah RAM when you take a look at how the 2021 RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150 compare in performance, capability, and features so you can decide which one will work for you, then contact us with your questions. 

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Engines and Performance

With four powerful engine options including EcoDiesel® and HEMI® options, the RAM 1500 has one less choice than the Ford F-150. However, the RAM 1500 has best-in-class fuel economy while still having higher performance specs for Beaverton drivers: 

RAM 1500 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.6L PENTASTAR® V6 eTorque with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L EcoDiesel V6® – 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque – 33 mpg hwy best-in-class fuel economy*
  • Top Engine: 5.7L HEMI® V8 eTorque with 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque

Ford F-150 Engine Specs

  • Standard: 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Diesel: 3.0L Power Stroke® TurboDiesel with 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque (30 mpg hwy)
  • Top engine: High-Output 3.5L Ecoboost V6 with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Towing Capacity and Utility

Just as RAM wins with their engines, they win again when you compare the F-150 or RAM 1500 towing capacity with its V8 and diesel engine towing capacities: 

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500V8 Towing Capacity

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

Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 V6 Towing Capacity

  • RAM 1500 – 12,560 pounds with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® V6
  • Ford F-150 – 14,000 pounds with the V6, but its diesel engine can only tow 11,500 pounds

In addition to the hefty towing capacity the RAM 1500 offers 2,302 pounds of payload capacity and innovative ways for Hillsboro drivers to manage their cargo with features like the class-exclusive available RAMBOX® Cargo Management System that uses the space inside the walls of the truck bed for secure storage. An available multifunction tailgate can swing open like a car door to make loading and unloading the truck bed a lot easier. 

RAM 1500 vs. Ford F-150: Connectivity Technology

Between F-150 or RAM 1500, you’ll stay more connected when you drive a RAM 1500. With a larger touchscreen than the Ford F-150 and standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you’ll get even more out of these features:

  • Bluetooth® and voice recognition
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • USB ports
  • Uconnect® infotainment system

Find a 2021 RAM 1500 for Sale at Dick Hannah RAM

For three years in a row RAM trucks have been awarded the MotorTrends Truck of the Year Award. Find out why when you schedule a test drive at Dick Hannah RAM! Shop our RAM 1500 inventory when you’re ready to choose a RAM 1500. 


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