Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2007 Ford F-150 VS 2007 Dodge Ram Near Peoria, AZ

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2007 Ford F-150

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2007 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

The F-150 has standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions. Four-wheel antilock brakes cost extra on the Dodge Ram.

The F-150 (except XL/STX) offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Ram doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the F-150 and the Ram have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150 comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Ram.

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the F-150 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Ram. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Ram ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The F-150’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Ram runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 15th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Ram:

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F-150 Regular Cab 4.2 V6

260 lbs.-ft.

F-150 4.6 SOHC V8

294 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.4 SOHC V8

365 lbs.-ft.

Ram 3.7 SOHC V6

235 lbs.-ft.

Ram 4.7 SOHC V8

300 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 V8 is faster than the Dodge Ram V8 (automatics tested):

F-150

Ram

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.3 sec

19.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.8 sec

10.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.5 sec

5.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.5 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

77 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram:

F-150

Ram

4x2

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

4.7 V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/18 hwy

Opt. V8/Auto

4x4

n/a

13 city/17 hwy

4.7 V8/Manual

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

14 city/17 hwy

4.7 V8/Auto

n/a

13 city/17 hwy

Opt. V8/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 15 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ram are solid, not vented.

The F-150 with its standard antilock brakes stops shorter than the Ram with antilock brakes:

F-150

Ram

60 to 0 MPH

149 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

166 feet

189 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-150 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram’s optional 60 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCab Harley Davidson™ offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Ram’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

The Ford F-150’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Ram only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel. The Ford F-150 w/8200 lb. GVWR’s optional wheels have 7 lugs.

The F-150 (except w/Heavy Duty Payload) has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Ram doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram:

F-150

Ram

Reg. Cab Long Bed

126 inches

120.5 inches

SuperCab Short Bed

132.5 inches

n/a

SuperCab Long Bed

144.5 inches

140.5 inches

For greater off-road capability the F-150 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 Short Box Regular Cab (8.3 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Ram Mega Cab (8.3 vs. 7.7 inches).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the F-150 V8 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Ram uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-150 SuperCab is quieter than the Ram 1500 Short Box Quad Cab:

F-150

Ram

At idle

43 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

As tested by Popular Mechanics, the interior of the F-150 Standard Bed XLT SuperCab 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 Short Box SLT Quad Cab 4x4:

F-150

Ram

At idle

50 dB

55.4 dB

Full-Throttle

77.9 dB

81.7 dB

60 MPH Cruising

69.9 dB

74.5 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has .3 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front hip room than the Ram Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has .1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and 1.9 inches more rear hip room than the Ram Quad Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram shortbed (65.5 vs. 60.9 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram longbed (81.3 vs. 74.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-150 easier. The F-150 SuperCab’s bed lift-over height is 32.6 inches, while the Ram Quad Cab’s liftover is 33.7 inches. The F-150 SuperCrew’s bed lift-over height is 32.4 inches, while the Ram Mega Cab’s liftover is 33 inches.

To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F-150 has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Ram doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the F-150 disables the starter while the engine is running. The Ram’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

When two different drivers share the F-150 Lariat/FX4, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and foot pedal distance. The Ram doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-150 XLT/FX4/Lariat’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150 XLT/FX4/Lariat has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Ram doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The F-150 Lariat offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ram has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The F-150 SuperCrew Lariat has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Ram doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The F-150 Lariat/FX4 Luxury’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Ram doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-150 SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Ram doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-150 will cost $783 less than the Ram over a five year period.

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