2019 Ram 1500 vs 2019 Ford F-150 Brunswick ME

2019 Ram 1500

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2019 Ford F-150


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Features & Specs

2019 Ram 1500

2019 Ford F-150

Base Engine

305 hp 3.6L V6 w/ eTorque

290 hp 3.3L V6

Avail Drivetrains

RWD / AWD

RWD / AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Max Towing

12,750 lb

13,200 lb

Fuel Efficiency

20 / 25 mpg

19 / 25 mpg

2019 Ram 1500 vs 2019 Ford F-150 near Auburn, ME

Modern pickup trucks are the class that have the most expectations to meet from their drivers.  In a single day, you might be driving a hundred or more miles to a jobsite, hauling or towing thousands of pounds of payload, riding through uneven or muddy off-road terrain, then taking the family all out to dinner!  Trucks are no longer spartan utility vehicles purely purposed for work; people use them for around-house tasks and family transportation, so a modern day pickup has a lot to do to best suit your purposes.  Thus, it's also the most competitive class, constantly innovating to give you a more powerful and more multifunction vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.  This year might have a new rising star of the segment: the all new 2019 Ram 1500!  Revamped for the new year, we're here to compare it to a best-selling titan, the Ford F-150, to see how this remodel build stacks up so you can be the most informed shopper in the 2019 year.

2019 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

While the truck may no longer be so simply used only for work, Ram has kept the 1500's powertrain selection easy yet satisfyingly advanced.  You have two engines to choose from.  The ever trusted 3.6L Pentastar V6 is the standard equipment, this year enhanced with all new mild hybrid eTorque to provide you with a boost of power for best in class 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft torque.  The mild hybrid performance also boosts the truck's fuel economy to 20/25 mpg for rear-wheel models or best-in-class 4x4 EPA ratings of 19/24 mpg!  But maybe you need a bit more power than the 7,730 pounds this V6 can tow.  Your answer is the universally available 5.7L HEMI.  On its own, this 395 horsepower, 410 lb-ft torque V8 can tow up to 11,610 pounds, but when equipped with eTorque this engine can tow a V8 best-in-class 12,750 pounds and haul a 2,300-pound payload with its 130 extra lb-ft.  It also delivers a best-in-class V8 fuel efficiency, rated at 17/23 mpg.  That's great power coupled with fantastic fuel efficiency, and as a result, best-in-class V6 and V8 mileage range to give you the most time to your workload between fuel ups.  No matter your engine choice, you'll get a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode paddle shifters available on select trims to smoothly and speedily shift through the gears or capably crawl through tough terrains.

2019 Ford F-150 Power & Handling

Power isn't any problem for the Ford either, but you'll find accessing it is a lot more expensive compared to the customizable package of the Ram.  The base engine of the F-150 is fairly comparable to the 1500, with 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft torque that can tow up to 7,700 pounds.  It does lag behind in fuel efficiency, pulling only 18/23 mpg for all-wheel drive trucks.  For this base engine, you receive a six-speed automatic transmission.  All other powertrains (there's five others, one per trim) come instead with a ten-speed automatic transmission.  Yet despite all these engine options, you'll have to move up two more trims in order to compare to the 5.7L HEMI's tow figures to the Ford's 5.0L HEMI (395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque).  And that's only with the engine as an optional upgrade.  To get this engine standard, you'll move up two more trims and pay about $50K.  And superseding the Ram's capabilities for that 13,200-pound tow capacity?  That comes within the Ford's EcoBoosted 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which decimates fuel efficiency to a mere 15/18 mpg.  Available only within the highest trim, the Limited, this engine comes priced at over $65K. 

2019 Ram 1500 Features & Design

Critics and customers alike have already proclaimed their love for the new 2019 Ram 1500 design, featuring well thought out touches of engineering and craftsmanship that fully consider the multipurpose needs you demand out of your truck.  There's the same choice of three cabin builds and bed lengths, ranging from a two-seater Regular Cab, eight-foot-long bed truck for maximum haul to a six-seater, four-door Crew Cab, 5'7 bed that better caters to family and hobby needs.  For a blend of utility, you can choose the six-seater accordian-door Dual Cab with the standard length 6'4 bed.  These options apply to all of the six available trim models of the Ram to best equip your truck with all the features you want and need, from base model standard power-adjustable accessories, durable vinyl or cloth upholstery, keyless entry, push-button start, a five inch touchscreen radio interface with programmed Bluetooth and voice reacting operations, two USB ports and audio jack MP3 hub, six speakers, and automatic halogen headlamps to next-level seven-inch radio display, wireless smartphone app syncing, navigation, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seating, LED lighting inside and out, and enhanced interior storage, all the way up to class-topping largest-in-class 12-inch radio display, thematic interior styling such as branded trim decals and real barn wood dash/steering wheel accents, power panoramic roof, memory accessory settings, ergonomic bucket seats with lumbar adjustments, and under seat plus in-floor storage.  All this extra space plus the redesigned reconfigurable 1.5-cu.ft center console provides you with best-in-class interior storage volume of 151 liters, providing plenty of spaciousness for work and play.

2019 Ford F-150 Features & Design

Besides light technology upgrades, the F-150 was last redesigned in 2015, so it currently lags behind the main three brand titans of the truck industry as far as modernity goes.  While it offers similar versatility in terms of cabin designs and bed lengths, its features make it clear that the Ford is primarily intended to be a work catering vehicle rather than a life catering one.  As mentioned, it has six available powertrains across its six trim models, also suggesting that Ford has engineered the F-150's lineup to be fairly cookie-cutter in terms of pre-matching features to power needs and price points, rather than the Ram's more freeform power availability and package feature deals.  The base is very spartan with manual adjust single zone air conditioning, manual adjust accessories such as mirrors, windows, and door locks, cloth-only upholstery, and only an AM/FM radio.  Any kind of touchscreen equipped with Bluetooth, smartphone integration, or navigation is wholly optional equipment, along with keyless entry, cruise control, power locking doors, and anti-theft alarm.  You'll have to move up to the second, or even third level trim in order to get all the features that Ram offers as standard equipment, but the Ford will always lag behind in terms of interior tool or gear storage, as the 1500 offers twice as much space as its closest competitor! 

Conclusions

More budget-friendly, luxurious, and fuel efficient for life-long savings, the 2019 Ram 1500 redesign has definitely put it at the top of the class for those that demand the most out of their trucks.  Today, trucks aren't just work utility vehicles, they're for the everyday commutes and the family outings, and no other brand in the market has displayed that understanding better than Ram.  Supporting you, your work, your hobbies, and your family into the future, explore more of what the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 can offer you today with the links below.  We explore further information about the standard and available features of the updated model year, as well as how it stacks up against the other big contender of the class, the Chevy Silverado. 

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