Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2013 Ram HD Near Avondale, AZ

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2013 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2013 Ram HD

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F-Super Duty’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram HD doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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

Warranty Comparison

The F-Super Duty 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. Ram doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the HD.

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

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-Super Duty (except Diesel) 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 HD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F-Super Duty gas’ reliability will be 20% better than the Ram HD and the Ford F-Super Duty Turbodiesel will be 49% better than the Ram HD.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 2 more horsepower (385 vs. 383) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 400) than the Ram HD’s 5.7 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 50 more horsepower (400 vs. 350) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (800 vs. 660) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 30 more horsepower (400 vs. 370) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 15 more horsepower (400 vs. 385) than the Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-Super Duty uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram HD requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The F-Super Duty Gas’ standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Short Bed’s standard fuel tank (35 vs. 34 gallons). The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (37.5 vs. 35 gallons).

 

The F-Super Duty has a standard cap-less 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 HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-Super Duty’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram HD:

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

14.53 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.35 inches

14.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram HD’s 70 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Super Duty offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Ram HD’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional suspension has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the F-Super Duty flat and controlled during cornering. The Ram HD 4x2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

141.8 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

158 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.2 inches

149.4 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172.4 inches

169.4 inches

For greater off-road capability the F-350 Regular Cab DRW has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the F-Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-250 Regular Cab’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Ram HD 3500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The F-250 Regular Cab is 3.4 inches shorter than the Ram HD 2500 Long Bed Regular Cab, making the F-Super Duty easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Regular Cab (65.9 vs. 63). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Crew Cab (133.5 vs. 125.3).

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front hip room and 2 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has .1 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty Short Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab Short Bed (64.1 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Regular Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab Long Bed (77.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab Short Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab Short Bed (64.4 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab Long Bed (77.4 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking center console and standard (except XL) locking underseat storage drawer keeps your small valuables safer in the F-Super Duty. The Ram HD doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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-Super Duty XL). The Ram HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost UConnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The F-Super Duty’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram HD’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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