Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2014 Ford F-150 VS 2014 Ram 1500 Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2014 Ford F-150

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2014 Ram 1500

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F‑150 FX4/Raptor’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the F‑150 and the Ram 1500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F‑150 is safer than the Ram 1500:

F‑150

Ram 1500

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

353 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

231/360 lbs.

751/404 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F‑150 is safer than the Ram 1500:

F‑150

Ram 1500

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

110 G’s

147 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the F‑150 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the F‑150’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

Warranty Comparison

The F‑150’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 1500 runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F‑150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F‑150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500.

The F‑150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F‑150 has a 750-amp battery. The Ram 1500 only offers a standard 730-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F‑150 V6’s reliability will be 20% better than the Ram 1500.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 27th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The F‑150 has more powerful engines than the Ram 1500:

Horsepower

Torque

F‑150 3.7 DOHC V6

302 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

F‑150 5.0 DOHC V8

360 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

F‑150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F‑150 6.2 SOHC V8

411 HP

434 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

395 HP

407 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F‑150 V6 is faster than the Ram 1500 V6:

F‑150

1500

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.6 sec

13.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

86.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F‑150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500:

F‑150

Ram 1500

4x2

turbo V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/8-spd

5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.7 V8/5-spd

4x4

5.0 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

5.7 V8

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F‑150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram 1500 with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The F‑150’s optional fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank (36 vs. 32 gallons).

 

The F‑150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F‑150’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500:

F‑150

1500

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.2 inches

The F‑150 stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

F‑150

Ram 1500

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

197 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F‑150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ram 1500 (315/70R17 vs. 285/45R22).

The Ford F‑150’s wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F‑150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:

F‑150

Ram 1500

Regular Cab Standard Bed

125.9 inches

120.5 inches

Extended Cab Short Bed

133.3 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.1 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

140.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.6 inches

149.4 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F‑150 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Ram 1500.

The F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F‑150 Regular Cab has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab.

The F‑150 SuperCab has .4 inches more front legroom and 2.5 inches more rear hip room than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The F‑150 SuperCrew has .4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F‑150 SuperCrew 5.5 ft. bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Short Bed (55.4 vs. 50.3 cubic feet). The F‑150 6.5 ft. bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Standard Bed (65.5 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F‑150 8 ft. bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Long Bed (81.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F‑150 easier. The F‑150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.1 inches, while the Ram 1500 Regular Cab’s liftover is 34.8 inches. The F‑150 SuperCab’s bed lift-over height is 33.8 inches, while the Ram 1500 Quad Cab’s liftover is 34.6 inches. The F‑150 SuperCrew’s bed lift-over height is 33.1 inches, while the Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.6 inches.

An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the F‑150. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Ford F‑150 offers an optional tailgate step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F‑150’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Ram 1500’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F‑150’s standard exterior keypad (not available on F‑150 XL/STX). The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost UConnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F‑150 is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because it costs $1092 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the F‑150 than the Ram 1500, including $24 less for fuel injection and $23 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F‑150 first among large pickups in owner reported satisfaction in 2014. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram 1500 isn’t in the top three.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram pickup by over two to one during 2013.

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