Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2009 Ford F-150 VS 2009 Dodge Ram Near Goodyear, AZ

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2009 Ford F-150

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2009 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

Both the F-150 and the Ram have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Ram:

F-150

Ram

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

439

510

Chest forces

37 g’s

39 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

764 / 235

1115 / 235

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

391

500

Chest forces

38 g’s

39 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

348 / 556

823 / 738

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ram was not a Top Pick.

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.

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

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram.

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’ 2008 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

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 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

F-150

Ram

4x2

V6/Auto

n/a

14 city/20 hwy

4.6 SOHC 24 valve V8/Auto

15 city/20 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.7 V8

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

4.7 V8

4.6 SOHC 16 valve V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

n/a

4x4

4.6 SOHC 24 valve V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

4.7 V8

4.6 SOHC 16 valve V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8

5.4 V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

n/a

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.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram LWB’s standard fuel tank (36 vs. 32 gallons).

 

The F-150 has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Ram doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops shorter than the Ram:

F-150

Ram

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-150’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram’s optional 60 series tires.

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.

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

Regular Cab Standard Bed

126 inches

120 inches

Extended Cab Short Bed

133 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

140 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

140 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157 inches

n/a

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .70 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram (8.7 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 2.3 inches higher than on the Ram (10 vs. 7.7 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-150 5.5 ft. bed King Ranch SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 (42 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has .4 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram Quad Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Ram Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram shortbed (65.5 vs. 52.4 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram longbed (81.2 vs. 74.9 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram Crew Cab shortbed (55.5 vs. 45.9 cubic feet).

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Ram’s in almost every dimension:

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Ram Crew Cab

Length (short/long)

67”/78.8”

78.8”/97.4”

67.4”

Min Width

50”

50”

51”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

20”

An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the F-150. The Ram doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 power windows available on both the F-150 and the Ram have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-150 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Ram prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Ram doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-150 Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ram’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150 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.

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