Compare 2017 Ford F-150 vs 2017 Ram 1500

2017 Ford F-150 vs 2017 RAM 1500

2017 Ford F-150 vs 2017 RAM 1500

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Strong, reliable and safe are three of the most common adjectives describing what people expect from their pickup trucks. A truck’s utility is compromised if it doesn’t have the power to haul or tow. And because of all the miles that get put on them, they need to be reliable and safe in case of accidents. In this article, we are comparing two of the most popular trucks in America against those two metrics: the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Ram 1500. With both trucks safely in the top three best-selling vehicles in America for many years running, there is something special about each one. Both trucks are very well-made vehicles, but which one is the champion?


Neither truck lacks for power, whether in terms of sheer horsepower or tow and haul numbers. The Ram offers three engines, while the Ford offers four to choose from. The 1500 lineup consists of a basic 305-horsepower V-6, a 395-horsepower V-8 and a turbodiesel that tops out at 240 horsepower, though it makes up for it with impressive torque. It has a maximum cargo capacity is about 2,000 pounds and a maximum tow weight of 11,000 pounds, both with the V-8. The Ford’s base V-6 and V-8 engines are a little weaker than the Ram’s, at 282 horsepower and 385 horsepower respectively. However, the real power in the 2017 F-150 comes from the three turbocharged V-6s. Those come in a 2.7-liter and a 3.5-liter configuration, with the latter also available in a twin-turbo configuration. That is the powertrain of the top-of-the-line Raptor model, which delivers 450 horsepower to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. This focus on turbocharging also pays off for Ford in terms of capacities, with the maximum cargo of 3,300 pounds and a maximum towing weight of 12,200 pounds, making it the stronger of the two trucks in every sense.


Having a great truck means nothing if it spends more time in the shop than at the work site. A truck gets a lot more miles put on it every year than your average passenger car, which means that it gets a lot more stress on its internal components during the same period. For that reason, reliability is a particularly vital trait in a truck. The industry standard for reliability is the J.D.Power and Associates’ vehicle reliability survey. The 2017 Ram 1500 earned a rating of 3 out of 5, for an average reliability compared to others cars. The 2017 Ford F-150, by comparison, earned the above-average score of 3.5, making it the more reliable of the two trucks over the long term.


When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, there are a lot more chances to get into an accident, so your truck should be up to protecting you if that happens. The 2017 Ford F-150 has a stellar safety record, earning five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its crash tests, as well as a full slate of ‘Good’ scores and the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2017 Ram 1500 is not nearly as well-decorated when it comes to safety. It only got 4 stars from the NHTSA and earned two ‘Marginal’ scores from the IIHS - for the small overlap front crash test and the roof strength test. When safety is on the line, the F-150 is the better choice.

Few trucks come along that manage to deliver on the fundamentals as well as the 2017 Ford F-150 does. It has the power, the reliability and the safety you need to go anywhere and do anything. If you are looking for a new truck to add to your fleet, we invite you to contact us or visit our dealership to find out more about what makes it great and take it for a test-drive!

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