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2013 Ram 1500 faces the mighty 2013 Ford F-150

Friday, October 12th 2012. | 2013 Ford F-150, Reviews

The 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck has received quite a large amount of improvements and is definitely a much updated version of the truck since its last update 2009. Most of the updates are with respect to efficiency and power and have little to do with the aesthetics of the truck. How does it stack up to the 2013 Ford F-150?

First off, the introduction of the new 3.6 liter V6 with variable valve timing is a welcome addition to the range of engines that Ram offers. This engine replaces the old 3.7 liter V6 and has 305 horsepower, and 269 foot pounds. This impressive power causes the Ram to have a towing capacity of 6500 pounds (depending on the model).  The new V6 does 18 mpg city and 25 highway when properly optioned.

Then there is Ram’s (Dodge’s) staple 5.7 liter Hemi V8 which will have cylinder deactivation technology. The engine will have more than 10 percent better fuel economy. This is only an evolution of a tried and true, but old engine platform. It is going up against Ford’s all-new and formidable 5.0 liter V8 and in addition to that Ford has a v6 trick up its sleeve which we’ll get into later.

The 2013 Ford F-150 certainly does have its work cut out for itself when it comes to Ram’s new v6. Ford has its 3.7 liter V6. Although the Ram V6 manages slightly better fuel economy than the 3.7 liter V6 F-150, the F150 beats the Ram in towing capability by 200 pounds. Let us be honest, towing and hauling is the bread and butter of work trucks like the v6 F-150 and Ram, and the F-150 has the edge in this department. As far as fuel economy goes, the v6 F-150 manages a city rating of 17 mpg city and a highway rating of 23 mpg; not far off from the Ram’s fuel economy. While these trucks are very evenly matched, let the sales numbers convince you, the v6 Ford wins hands down.

As mentioned earlier Ford has another v6 in its arsenal that Ram has no answer for; the EcoBoost V6 engine clearly gives Ford the advantage over the Ram both in terms of power and efficiency. This turbocharged V6 churns out 365 horsepower and 420 foot pounds of torque that allows the EcoBoost F-150 to match the capabilities of the v8’s of its competition. As for sheer power, the 6.2 liter V8 offered by Ford thwarts anything the Ram has to offer in comparison.

The 2013 Ram has Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system along with an 8.4 inch navigation screen and a configurable 7 inch thin-film transistor screen as well. Overall the interior of the new truck is more luxurious. This new truck also has a stiffer chassis and is quieter and more comfortable than the older models of the Ram. The F-150 arguably has a comparatively better interior. With the 2013 F-150, Ford has further refined an already stellar interior and its MyFord Touch infotainment system has been improved as well; Ford offers a standard 4.2 inch display or an 8 inch display depending on the model. Also new for 2013 is an addition display in the instrument cluster, making it easier to keep your eyes on the road.

All in all, it seems that Ram was eager to make changes and bring a-game to compete with the F-150. Especially considering Ford has had this truck out there much longer and is still competing very well on every aspect by adding key features year over year to our nation’s best-selling truck. Ford has to keep a close watch on the Ram since it really has become a better truck than it was before. When it comes down to it, in our opinion, Ford still has the best truck on the car lots for 2013.


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