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Compare Dodge Ram Heavy Duty vs Ford F-Super Duty

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New Ram Heavy Duty compared to the Ford F-Super Duty

Safety

The Ram HD offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer a front parking aid.

Both the Ram HD and the F-Super Duty 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 anti-lock brakes, traction control and available four-wheel drive.

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


Ram HD

F-Super Duty


Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

215

415

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

50 lbs.


Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

45%

52%

Neck Compression

71 lbs.

84 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ram HD is safer than the Ford F-Super Duty:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty


Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

13

27

Hip Force

197 lbs.

278 lbs.


Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

23 G's

29 G's

Hip Force

232 lbs.

236 lbs.


Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Max Damage Depth

19 inches

28 inches

HIC

315

643

Spine Acceleration

48 G's

64 G's

Hip Force

877 lbs.

884 lbs.

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

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram HD has a standard 160-amp alternator. The F-Super Duty's standard 157-amp alternator isn't as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ram HD offers larger standard and optional batteries than the F-Super Duty:


HD

F-Super Duty

Standard Battery

730 amps

650 amps

Optional Battery

1460 amps

750 amps

J.D. Power and Associates' 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ram vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 24th.

Engine

The Ram HD's optional 6.4 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (410 vs. 385) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (429 vs. 405) than the F-Super Duty's 6.2 SOHC V8.

The Ram HD 3500's optional 6.7 turbo diesel produces 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (900 vs. 860) than the F-Super Duty's 6.7 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Ram HD Short Bed's standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Super Duty Diesel Short Bed's standard fuel tank (31 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Ram HD offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer a manual transmission.

The Ram HD has a true four-wheel drive system, which has Electronic Locking differentials that lock up when they detect wheelspin so they keep the Ram HD moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

The Ram HD stops shorter than the F-Super Duty:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty


60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

147 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Ram HD's optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Super Duty (285/70R17 vs. 275/65R18).

The Ram HD 2500's standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Super Duty's standard 75 series tires. The Ram HD's optional tires have a lower 60 series profile than the F-Super Duty's optional 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Ram HD 4x2 2500's independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ford F-Super Duty's I-beam semi-independent suspension, which allows the Ram HD's wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road's surface, improving both ride and handling. The twin I-beam design is also expensive to maintain in proper alignment.

The Ram HD Power Wagon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer an active sway bar system.

The Ram HD 3500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ram HD 2500 Long Bed Regular Cab's wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the F-250 Regular Cab (140.5 inches vs. 137 inches).

The Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .71 G's, while the F-450 Platinum Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .68 G's of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ram HD's turning circle is tighter than the F-Super Duty's:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Regular Cab Long Bed

45.1 feet

47.7 feet

Crew Cab Long Bed

53.2 feet

58.5 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

43.9 feet

51.8 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram HD 3500 Standard Bed Mega Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the F-250 Regular Cab (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Ram HD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Ram HD is shorter than the F-Super Duty, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Crew Cab Standard Bed

237.4 inches

246.8 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

259.4 inches

263 inches

The Ram HD is 11.7 inches narrower on average than the F-Super Duty, making the Ram HD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram HD Mega Cab's available rear seats recline. The F-Super Duty's optional rear seats don't recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Ram HD Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-Super Duty shortbed (74.7 vs. 64.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Ram HD easier. The Ram HD Regular Cab's bed lift-over height is 32.2 inches, while the F-Super Duty Regular Cab's liftover is 35.2 inches. The Ram HD Crew Cab's bed lift-over height is 32.1 inches, while the F-Super Duty Crew Cab's liftover is 34.2 inches.

The Ram HD has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the F-Super Duty is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck's chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload

The Ram HD has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-Super Duty:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Crew Cab 3500

4090 lbs.

3450 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

3930 lbs.

3510 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

3970 lbs.

3060 lbs.

The Ram HD has much higher optional payload capacities than the F-Super Duty:


Ram HD

F-Super Duty

Regular Cab 3500

7390 lbs.

7050 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500

3610 lbs.

3490 lbs.

Regular Cab 2500 4x4

3600 lbs.

3580 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

6910 lbs.

6880 lbs.

Crew Cab 2500 4x4

3300 lbs.

3100 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

6670 lbs.

6460 lbs.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the Ram HD's driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the F-Super Duty can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Keyless Enter 'n Go optional on the Ram HD Laramie allows you to unlock the driver's door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford F-Super Duty doesn't offer an advanced key system.

The Ram HD Laramie's optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The F-Super Duty's intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can't turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Ram HD has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The F-Super Duty only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram HD Laramie detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger's vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ram HD has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Super Duty doesn't offer extendable visors.

The Ram HD offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The F-Super Duty offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don't dim.

Recommendations

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2015 issue and they ranked the Ram HD 2500 Power Wagon 4x4 two places higher than the Ford F-350 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCab 4x4.

Motor Trend selected the Ram HD as their 2010 Truck of the Year. The F-Super Duty has never been chosen.

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