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

Ram Heavy Duty Safety

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 seat-belt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available four-wheel drive and rear-view cameras.

Ram Heavy Duty 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 has a standard 730-amp battery. The F-Super Duty only offers a standard 650-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Ram Heavy Duty Engine

The Ram HD's optional 6.4 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (410 vs. 385) than the F-Super Duty's 6.2 SOHC V8.

Ram Heavy Duty Fuel Economy and Range

The Ram HD Short Bed's standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Super Duty Diesel's standard fuel tank (31 vs. 29 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Ram Heavy Duty Transmission and Drive-train

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.

Ram Heavy Duty 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

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Ram Heavy Duty 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.

Ram Heavy Duty Suspension and Handling

The Ram HD 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 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

49.1 feet

Crew Cab Long Bed

53.2 feet


Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

43.9 feet

53 feet

For greater off-road capability the Ram HD 3500 Standard Bed Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the F-250 Regular Cab (8.6 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Ram HD to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.The Ram HD is shorter than the F-Super Duty, making the Ram HD easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Ram Heavy Duty 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

250 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed
259.4 inches 
266.2 inches

The Ram HD is 9 inches narrower on average than the F-Super Duty, making the Ram HD easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Ram Heavy Duty Passenger Space

The Ram HD Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front hip room than the F-Super Duty Crew Cab.

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.

Ram Heavy Duty Cargo Capacity

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 36.1 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 34.8 inches.

Ram Heavy Duty 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.

3550 lbs.

Regular Cab 3500 4x4

3930 lbs.

3500 lbs.

Crew Cab 3500 4x4

3970 lbs.

3140 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.

6540 lbs.

Ram Heavy Duty 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.

Ram Heavy Duty 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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