Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford F-250 VS 2017 Ram HD Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford F-250

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2017 Ram HD

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-Super Duty Crew Cab inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Ram HD doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F-Super Duty offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Ram HD doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The F-Super Duty (except XL)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Super Duty offers an optional 360 Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ram HD only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the F-Super Duty’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 66 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-Super Duty 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’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 2 more horsepower (385 vs. 383) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (430 vs. 400) than the Ram HD’s standard 5.7 V8. The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (430 vs. 429) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.4 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 90 more horsepower (440 vs. 350) and 265 lbs.-ft. more torque (925 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 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (925 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) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (925 vs. 900) 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 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’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Short Bed’s standard fuel tank (34 vs. 31 gallons). The F-Super Duty’s optional fuel tank has 16 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (48 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-450 Crew Cab’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram HD:

 

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.75 inches

14.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ford F-450 Crew Cab’s wheels have 10 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram HD only has 8 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Super Duty offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ram HD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

148 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.2 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

159.8 inches

149.4 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

176 inches

169.4 inches

For greater off-road capability the F-350 Regular Cab has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.2 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the F-Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-Super Duty may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Ram HD.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 1.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Regular Cab (64.6 vs. 63). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Crew Cab (131.8 vs. 125.3).

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 2.9 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab shortbed (78.5 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 (65.4 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 (78.5 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

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

 

F-Super Duty Regular Cab

F-Super Duty Super Cab

Ram HD Mega Cab

Length (short/long)

98.1”

81.9”/98.1”

76.3”

Max Width

66.9”

66.9”

66.4”

Min Width

50.5”

50.5”

51”

Height

21.1”

21.1”

20.1”

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console 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.

If the windows are left down on the F-Super Duty the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Ram HD can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

Intelligent Access standard on the F-Super Duty Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ram HD’s available Keyless Enter ‘n Go doesn’t unlock the tailgate.

The F-Super Duty’s standard 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.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the F-Super Duty’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Ram HD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-Super Duty offers an optional adaptive cruise control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Ram HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram Pickup by 69% during the 2016 model year.

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