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2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Ford F-150

2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Ford F-150
2017 RAM 1500
Regular Cab
2017 Ford F-150
Regular Cab
  305 hp 282 hp
  269 lb-ft. 253 lb-ft.
  32.0 gallons 23.0 gallons

2017 RAM 1500 vs 2017 Ford F-150

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Choosing between trucks today can be tough. Which one can meet all of your needs? The 2017 Ram 1500, recently named a Consumer Digest Best Buy, definitely works hard to handle more than your daily load. Here's a quick look at how it stacks up against the Ford F150.

Better Basic Suspension

Ride quality generally is limited in a large pickup truck. The Ford F150 handles itself with the same suspension setup you'll find in other large trucks. It can only do so much to control the natural bounce and pitch of a large vehicle on a rough road. The 2017 Ram 1500 has a unique rear suspension. Its five-link coil spring set-up has been shown to reduce jarring even when the bed is empty. If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you are sure to notice the difference. Of course, this improved ride translates into better handling. With bumps under control, the truck is more responsive to the driver's commands. These qualities have contributed to the Ram 1500's top billing in the Edmunds annual shopping guide.

Exclusive Active-Level Air Suspension

Ram continues to be the only truck manufacturer to offer a four-corner load-leveling air suspension. Air spring-damper units replace the rear coil springs. The four-corner capability regulates weight balance of each load of cargo. This makes hauling safer and more fuel efficient. The system automatically lowers the bed at highway speeds, improving aerodynamics and fuel economy. With five modes, the driver can take charge of the system. Park mode allows for an easy step-in, step-out height. It is also a good choice for loading and unloading. The aerodynamic mode levels the truck for better fuel economy. Two off-road modes are good for better ground clearance. These can be as useful on a crowded worksite as on a brushy trail. Adventure lovers will appreciate the truck's improved break-over and departure angles. These capabilities helped the Ram Rebel earn the Four-Wheeler of the Year Award.

Fuel Economy

Ram and Ford seem to go head-to-head on fuel economy, but only Ram is offering active air shutters with its standard V-6 engine. These ensure the cooling that the engine needs while also improving aerodynamics. The Ram V-8 has fuel saving technology that cuts cylinders during highway use. Furthermore, only Ram has a turbodiesel. It earns best-in-class gas mileage. The top rating is 29 mpg highway. Showing just how far this truck can go, it also has a top driving range of 754 miles.

While Ford has chosen to use an aluminum-based build, Ram still uses steel for the majority of its tough body. Furthermore, only Ram offers the true durability of diesel. The smart turbodiesel is the only diesel in its light duty class. With 420 lb.-ft. of torque, it can pull 9,400 pounds, demonstrating that it is as capable as it is fuel efficient.

The best research is also the most fun. Take a turn behind the wheel. You can test drive the 2017 Ram 1500 at Tate Branch Ram.

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