Comparing SUVs usually involves discussions of cargo space and technology features. Sedan debates center around safety and reliability. But when it comes time to talk trucks, power is the name of the game.

With the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. the 2018 Ram 1500, any discussions of brute force are typically one-sided. The 2018 Ford F-150 outmuscles the Ram in several key areas to solidify itself as the truck of choice.

Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500

Towing capacity

The Ford F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds, making it the first half-ton pickup truck to eclipse the 13,000-lb. barrier.

The Ram 1500 registers a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 pounds, which is respectable but well below the capability of the Ford.


When it can’t be towed, it has to be hauled. And you can fill up the bed of the Ford F-150 with up to 3,270 pounds and take it where it needs to go.

Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 can handle just 1,880 pounds, requiring you to make a second trip and an explanation to your Ford-driving buddies.


A high-performing pickup isn’t just strong, it’s strong and quick. And the 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of available torque in the Ford F-150 outguns the 395 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque you get with the Ram.

Gas mileage

One thing that’s often a tradeoff with more powerful pickups is gas mileage. But the 2018 Ford F-150 rates an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 22 mpg.

The most efficient Ram 1500 configuration gets 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg. With comparable numbers, if you were deciding between these trucks based on fuel economy alone, you’d be faced with a pretty tough decision.


The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for over 30 years and the best-selling pickup truck for more than 40. Those numbers are hard to argue with and even harder for Ram to match.

On top of that, the 2018 F-150 was named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy, and the MotorWeek Driver’s Choice Award for Best Pickup Truck.  

Find a New Ford F-150 in Graham, NC

We’ve shown you the math across five categories, but we understand if you still need to see what these trucks can do in person. You can find the 2018 Ford F-150 for sale in Graham, North Carolina. Stop by County Ford and let one of our sales associates show you this truck as well as all the optional equipment you can get for it.