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In the US, trucks are instrumental for many reasons. Every potential buyer has their specific one, from either having to haul stuff around daily to simply wanting a more simple vehicle to operate. If trucks are your interest, then both the 2021 Ram 1500 and the 2021 Ford F-150 are very fine choices, both starting around $30,000 MSRP, so let’s compare the two
Both interior and safety departments offer similar features on the base trims, apart from the base infotainment system. On the 2021 Ram 1500, the base trim doesn’t have compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; only the improved one has, which isn’t expensive. However, this trade comes with improved safety features as standard, the bigger one being an improved airbag system if things go wrong, both in the front and back. However, on higher trims, the features are more than plentiful. From park assistance to a surround camera, pedestrian emergency braking, a head-up display, many exterior features, a premium 12-inch infotainment system with all the bells and whistles, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, an improved audio system by Harman Kardon, and many more.
As far as powertrains are concerned, the 2021 Ram 1500 has plenty of options that are more in tune with a truck’s simplicity. As standard, it comes with a 3.6L V6 with eTorque, that is, a very simplistic hybrid powertrain by default that comes with 305 hp and 269 lb*ft of torque, but in the city, it will be helped by the hybrid system to get it started from stops much more effortless. The other options are even better, a 5.7L V8 with and without the eTorque, a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 on the Ram 1500 TRX, or a 3.0L turbodiesel V6. You can get the Ram 1500 in both rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 engine, with plenty of options but not as extensive as the ones that the Ram 1500 has, such as a competitor for the supercharged HEMI having only a singular fully hybrid powertrain.
Suppose you care for fuel economy, and you plan to use the truck as a daily driver. In that case, the 2021 Ram 1500 is a better option due to the mild-hybrid system, which helps you in the city, something that the Ford F-150 has only on a specific engine and as a full hybrid setup. Owners enjoy the look, the driving experience, and the overall comfort and safety that the 2021 Ram 1500 provides. Whether you are in Plainfield, Indianapolis, Avon, or surrounding areas, come on over to York CDJRF of Crawfordsville, where “We’re not #1, you are!”
* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealers set own prices. ** Based on EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrid vehicles) and other factors. The contents of this report are from reliable sources, but are not warranted or guaranteed in any way. You are advised to check with each manufacturer or its representatives as the final authority on its products. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about vehicle safety and crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, ratings for 2011 and newer vehicles should not be compared to ratings for 1990-2010 models. Overall vehicle score and frontal crash ratings should ONLY be compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight. For more information go to www.safercar.gov