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2020 F-150 VS 2020 RAM. A white F-150 and a brown Ram in the mud

This year, competition is fierce in the full-size truck segment. In particular, American manufacturers are offering more and more robustness. This is true for the 2020 Ford F-150 and the 2020 RAM 1500, among others, which are outbidding each other year after year in terms of strength and capacity. For a consumer new to full-size pickup trucks as well as for a seasoned enthusiast, long-time rivals are becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate. 

Blainville Ford on the North Shore of Montreal near Laval, Terrebonne, Saint-Eustache, Sainte-Thérèse and Saint-Jérôme will help you see things more clearly.

F-150 or RAM: A Muscular Duel

There are many factors to consider when buying a vehicle, and while both offer great qualities, Ford sales don’t lie. In fact, with close to 24,000 vehicles sold in 2019, Ford is still well ahead of the RAM, with sales of just under 14,000. Sales that remain at the top of the new vehicle sales rankings can only be explained by the fact drivers are more than satisfied with this model. And for good reasons: from one year to the next, Ford makes every possible modification and improvement to offer the best truck on the market.

Just think of the vehicle’s power, impressive thanks to a wide selection of powertrains that adapt to every need on the road. These include three EcoBoost engines, a 2.7 L turbocharged, a 3.5 L with 375 horsepower, and a high-output EcoBoost. The latter, available on the Raptor Off-Road and Limited, puts on a show with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque

A 395-horsepower V8, with best-in-class payload, is within your reach, as is the new 3.3 L V6 with three drive modes: Sport, Normal and Traction. With this wide selection of six ultra-powerful engines in a vehicle that’s rock solid, you’re ready to take on the toughest of roads.

If fuel economy is your priority, but you don’t want to compromise on power, the 3.0 L Power Stroke Turbo-diesel is the right choice. With a fuel consumption of 8.3 L/100 km on the road, this engine combines propulsion with ecology and economy. The PowerBoost Hybrid, the hybrid engine that makes its debut for this new model year, offers a range of 1126 km on a single tank of gas. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the RAM, which offers no alternative with particularly lower fuel consumption. With a combined fuel consumption ranging from 10.8 L/100 km for the least powerful engine to 13.8 L/100 km, we’re not really talking about economy.

Although very interesting, Dodge’s engine lineup offers neither the variety nor even the power developed by Ford’s models. With its V6 and V8 engines offering only 305 horsepower for the former, or 395 horsepower for the more powerful, we’re still far from the F-150’s propulsion. What’s more, the 8-speed automatic transmission, which appears on all RAM models, pales in comparison to the F-150’s 10-speed transmission featuring three modes.

In addition to its power, all-terrain vehicles and adapted driving modes, the colossal F-150 includes a wide selection of wheels to support it. Standard or optional, starting with the base model, there are 18-inch aluminum wheels, whether they are chrome or 6-spoke wheels with magnetic colour. The same goes for the 20-inch aluminum wheels, which can be painted with high-end paint, and are offered in glossy black for a distinctive style. These bulky wheels add to the qualities already mentioned by providing extra grip that will allow you to go just about anywhere.

It must also be said that with more powerful engines come a towing and payload capacity significantly higher. That’s why the Ford F-150 doesn’t let itself be dethroned so easily, with its record-breaking strength. The most powerful EcoBoost V6 engine teams up with the truck to offer an impressive towing capacity of up to 13,200 lb. Even the new hybrid engine combines gasoline and electricity for a towing capacity of 12,000 lb, a first in its class. On the other hand, the RAM offers a respectable 12,700 lb capacity with its most powerful engine, which remains a pale imitation of the F-150’s strength.

That’s not all: Ford doesn’t just offer good towing capacity, they also make sure that transporting your trailer is simplified. In fact, with its Pro Trailer Back Assist system, your trailer synchronizes with your truck when you back up, in addition to informing you of any problems. If there are lighting or connectivity problems with your load, the intelligent trailer connector automatically alerts you that something is wrong.

As for the infotainment system, it’s no wonder the two trucks stand out by offering an optional touch screen with a record-breaking 12-inch touch screen. All the modern technology you’d expect is there: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice commands, Bluetooth, and more. However, Ford makes the difference by combining the useful with the pleasant: in addition to entertainment, the screen displays information about the trailer, among other things. BLIS, the Blind Spot Information System, not only shows your blind spots, but also those of your trailer in order to help you avoid any collision. As an option, you can even further secure your load by doubling up your rearview mirror with a telescopic mirror, which keeps an eye on the trailer.

For 2020, Ford has also focused on a more comfortable interior, including new materials and new features. Indeed, each model, from the base model to the Raptor, including the Lariat Sport and King Ranch, offers unique styling and even more luxury. The same is true for the RAM. To be honest, both cars offer heated and even ventilated front seats, starting from the mid-range segment upwards. 

However, Ford is once again adding more with additional options: did you say maximum reclining seats? This is indeed what Ford offers, because the manufacturer knows that your vehicle will accompany you through long, exhausting days and nights. In addition to the comfort it offers for resting, its workspace on the centre console allows you to work on paper or computer. Thus, it’s a highly customizable vehicle that awaits you with Ford, whether it’s engines, options or even accessories, among which you’ll be spoiled for choice.

All in all, Ford F-150’s higher sales compared to the Dodge RAM 1500 come down to a number of factors and details that make it the best choice. Engines offering more choices, either more powerful overall or more fuel-efficient, are part of the model’s attractiveness. The towing capacity, not only the highest, but combined with safe systems to take care of the trailer, also makes the difference. Whether you’re an avid outdoor traveller or a construction worker, both vehicles excel in their class, but the best choice is obvious. With the Ford F-150, go further, go faster and carry more while being comfortable in every conceivable situation.

A Wide Choice of Cars at Blainville Ford

Come to your local North Shore dealership which offers you a wide variety of new or used Ford vehicles in all categories. Take advantage of the best offers and promotions and benefit from a preferential financing rate with advisers who know how to help you. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or you need advice in the process of buying a new vehicle, an experienced team is here for you. Don’t wait any longer to come and meet them: at Blainville Ford, you’ll find customer service at its best! 

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