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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

Serving Carlsbad, Loving, and Seven Rivers, NM

Trucks are the best-selling cars in the United States, so the title of the best truck on the market can earn a manufacturer a lot of sales. But that also means that the competition is tough. Today’s trucks are not just expected to be powerful pulling machines, but also provide creature comforts, good mileage, modern technology and be easy to maintain as well. Two of the competitors constantly vying for the best truck crown are the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150. Both have recently made big changes in order to get ahead of the competition, so we’ve compared them to see which one is a better vehicle when it comes getting the job done.


One big reason why people buy trucks is because they need to haul, pull or tow stuff, and that requires power. The 2017 F-150 offer a large selection of V-6s to choose from, from a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated to a 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter turbos, which range from 282 to 375 horsepower, as well as a 5.0-liter V-6 that is rated for 385 horsepower. The 2017 1500 lineup is simpler and more powerful. The base 3.6-liter V-6 clocks in at 305 horsepower, while the 5.7-liter V-8 tops out at 395 horsepower. The third choice is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that gives the Ram a little extra versatility over the Ford as well.

Cost To Own

Fuel economy is only a small part of the many costs involved in buying and maintaining a vehicle that ultimately affect your bottom line. Kelly Blue Book uses a formula that combines repair and maintenance costs, financing, depreciation, fuel and many other costs incurred over time to compute a five-year cost to own for cars. In their comparison, the 2017 Ram 1500 has a much lower cost to own over five years than the 2017 Ford F-150. Contributing to this are lower maintenance costs and less depreciation. While the 5-year cost to own for the F-150 is about $45,000, the Ram 1500 costs only $44,500 over the same period, making it a better long-term investment.

Fuel Economy

For a work vehicle gas is a large expense, so an efficient truck is a must, especially when you are your own boss. Ford has gone out of its way to improve the fuel economy by using lots of aluminum in its body and chassis construction, but Ram has a secret weapon up its sleeve - the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The most efficient of the 2017 F-150’s many engines is the 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 which gets 19 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway. The Ram’s 3.0-liter diesel, however, beats it significantly with 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. That makes the Ram a better choice if you find yourself travelling long distances in your truck, as many do.

There is no doubt about it: both the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Ram 1500 are excellent trucks that would both make rugged and versatile work vehicles. However, the 2017 1500 clearly offers the better value and versatility of the two cars. It has more power, allowing you to take on tougher jobs. It is more fuel-efficient, saving you money at the pump, and its cost to own is generally lower since it holds its value better and doesn’t require as much maintenance. It is a recipe for an amazing truck, which is why we invite you to visit our dealership and check one out. You can’t find a more reliable work buddy than this!