2020 Ram 1500Features & Specs2020 Ford F-150
305Base Engine Power (hp)290
20Base Engine Fuel Economy City (mpg)19
12,560V6 Diesel Engine Max Tow Capacity (lbs)11,400
480Top Engine Torque (lb-ft)470

2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Ford F-150

When you are taking a pickup truck out on the job, you need to be able to trust that the truck can work hard and be reliable. Looking at the current top models on the market, two of the toughest mid-size pickups that caught our eye are the 2020 Ram 1500 and the 2020 Ford F-150. Both of these trucks benchmark high in performance and have continued to improve the systems, and the overall comfort and convenience while out on the job. In this review, we'll take a deeper dive and see which of these two is our top pick.

2020 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

The Ram 1500 is packed with a choice between one of three different engine options, each has its own unique defining characteristics and capabilities to help taper the truck to your specifications. The standard powertrain is an award winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that is capable of pushing out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The performance of the 1500 is impressive while on the road, especially with its base engine benchmarking a max tow capacity of 7,730 lbs and city/highway fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway. Ram also offers a HEMI V8 engine option that pushes out immense power but the most impressive engine we've seen brought back in is the acclaimed 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that clocks at an impressive 480 lb-ft of torque. With this diesel engine and supporting powertrain systems, the 1500 closes out a class-leading diesel towing capacity of 12,560 lbs.

2020 Ford F-150 Power & Handling

The F-150 offers a great number of engine options, but each engine shares a lot of similarities to the others and Ford places the high-end power pushers to the higher trim models. The base engine you'll find in a F-150 is a 3.3-liter V6, that benchmarks an output of 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque; both the overall power output for this base engine and fuel economy fall beneath the 1500's results when put to the test. Ford also brings in a diesel engine into the mix, with a 3.0-liter diesel V6, but similar to the base engine the over all potential output and fuel economy both fall under Ram's powertrain equipped with the 1500's EcoDiesel engine. Ford does make up for this with high power-grossing engines at the top of the trim level chart, but requires you to pay extra and sacrifice fuel economy in the process for similar max tow capacities and power outputs to that of Ram's 1500.

2020 Ram 1500 Features & Design

As trucks have developed and changed throughout the years on the market, the draw to make the working truck more comfortable and convenient to drive has become a staple for the top models. The interior of the Ram 1500 sets the benchmark of what pickup trucks should strive for when approaching excellence; with crisp wooden inserts, leather-wrapped seats and a plethora of technological features, the 1500 starts off as one of the best pickups on the market. Ram also adds in a class-first 12-inch touchscreen display offered with the 1500, that works smoothly with the multimedia system and has split-screen functionality. Ram also offers great customization with the overall size of the truck with a Quad Cab format (smaller cabin with larger bed) or the Crew Cab (larger cabin with a smaller bed and optional larger bed). The Crew Cab in particular blows away the competition on the market, offering significantly more room and space for passengers.

2020 Ford F-150 Features & Design

The F-150 works in a decent selection of trim models, customization and features. The core configuration of the F-150 starts with a bare-basic truck style that has a good starting MSRP and a modest starting kit of features, which miss out on some of the finer and advanced details that we see with the 1500's interior styling. As you progress in the trim model level of the F-150, there are features that are brought in, but require you to purchase a higher trim model to get the same experience as the 1500 and can often cost more or require optional packages. The chassis is also configurable and includes an additional option that reduces passenger space significantly for a smaller overall truck.


Looking at both of these trucks, there is no surprise that each has a top spot on the modern automotive market; the 2020 Ford F-150's best value comes from the power train options offered, with a multitude of different choices and high-rating towing capacities you can be sure it will work hard. The Ram 1500 also has an impressive display of engine options, that match the engines of the F-150 and surpass it in many other degrees with torque ratings and fuel economy especially. If we were to pick a winner in this match-up, the 2020 Ram 1500 is the one clearly on top, especially with its impressive upholstery with accents and next-generation technology worked into the systems. If you are interested in getting behind the wheel and trying out a Ram 1500 yourself, give us a call and schedule a test drive today!

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