2021 Ford F-150 vs 2021 Ram 1500: Truck Comparison

A gray 2021 Ford F-150 parked in the dirt and a white 2021 Ram 1500 parked in a field

When we compare trucks, the volatility is apparent. The best model from last year goes down a notch or two this year. The Ram 1500 was the top-ranking truck in stiff competition with Chevrolet Silverado. This year the all-new Ford-150 redesigned turns out to be the undisputed leader in its category. Here’s our take on the 2021 Ford F-150 vs. 2021 Ram 1500 battle.


On the parameters of ride and pickup capability, the 2021 Ram 1500 does a fine balancing job. However, F-150 proves smarter with the hybrid engine option and its advanced technology.

Comparisons must also look into similarities that are overwhelming between these two trucks. A turbo-diesel engine is common across the seven trims offered by the two. The other common features include hybrid options, 30 mpg, and four-wheel drive. 

Distinctive Features

These two trucks are almost equally capable off-road but on road, their performance is not equal. The F-150 comes with an independent front suspension. However, its traditional leaf springs in the back are bouncier when unloaded. Ram 1500 equipped with coil springs can ride as smoothly as with any large-sized SUV. With its air suspension, the Ram 1500 gets smoother and less bouncy. It can nonetheless get too firm at lower highway speeds.

While either model is accessible in seven trims, in bed sizes, and more cab choices, the 150 is a clear winner. F-150 XL, the base model, costs a little over $30,000 but the same on the higher side for top trims shoots above $80,000. The trims XL and XLT include a 78-inch bed on a regular cab. The optional extended cabs have a 96-inch bed. Both models have smart rear seat designs for storage solutions.

Truck Comparison

Ford-150 matched Ram 1500 last year in a stiff comparison. Both rated 6 out of 10 in a TCC rating. The 2021 F-150, now redesigned with superior capabilities and technology, comes with a better hybrid option. It also comes with a premium interior design. With a rating of 6.6 out of 10 on consumer reviews, F-150 appears to be a clear winner this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2021 Ram 1500, we have a world of information to share. You are free to test drive the Ford vehicle at our Capital Ford of Wilmington dealership in Wilmington, NC. We are close to Wrightsville Beach, Jacksonville, and Topsail Beach.

Source: Ford