Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2015 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2015 Ram HD Near Peoria, AZ

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2015 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2015 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.

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

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

31%

Neck Stress

193 lbs.

411 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

102/112 lbs.

912/541 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

376

473

Neck Stress

165 lbs.

224 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

198/254 lbs.

591/570 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-Super Duty is safer than the Ram HD:

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

50 G’s

118 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

56

170

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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 Gas 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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 17th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 25th.

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 standard 5.7 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 90 more horsepower (440 vs. 350) and 200 lbs.-ft. more torque (860 vs. 660) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 70 more horsepower (440 vs. 370) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (860 vs. 800) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 55 more horsepower (440 vs. 385) than the Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-Super Duty is faster than the Ram HD 6.4 V8 (automatics tested):

F-Super Duty

HD

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.5 sec

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 with the 5.7 V8 engine 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 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Short Bed’s standard fuel tank (35 vs. 31 gallons). The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (37.5 vs. 32 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.

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 3500’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

The F-250 Standard Bed Lariat Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 Long Bed Long Horn Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .63 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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.

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 .8 inches more front headroom, 2.3 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 2.3 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 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 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab shortbed (64.1 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab longbed (77.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

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

An optional 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.

The Ford F-Super Duty offers an optional tailgate step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s available front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ram HD’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-Super Duty’s 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.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram HD was rated second.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram Pickup by 84% during the 2014 model year.

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