North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford F-150 VS 2012 Ram 1500 Near Ellijay, GA

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2012 Ford F-150

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2012 Ram 1500

Safety Comparison

The F-150 offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-150 and the Ram 1500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding 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 Ford F-150 is safer than the Ram 1500:

F-150

Ram 1500

OVERALL STARS

3 Stars

2 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Stress

211 lbs.

373 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

110/36 lbs.

889/327 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

2 Stars

2 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

1.1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

60%

74.9%

Neck Stress

195 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

80 lbs.

115 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

347/696 lbs.

777/391 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Ram 1500:

F-150

1500

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

439

510

Chest forces

37 g’s

39 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

764 / 235

1115 / 235

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

391

500

Chest forces

38 g’s

39 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

348 / 556

823 / 738

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

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 Ford F-150 is safer than the Ram 1500:

F-150

Ram 1500

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

110 G’s

129 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

4 Stars

1 Star

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

87 G’s

Hip Force

764 lbs.

1527 lbs.

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCrew is safer than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab:

F-150

1500

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Structure

GOOD

GOOD

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

POOR

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Shoulder Movement

43 mm

55 mm

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

57

115

Shoulder Movement

14 mm

25 mm

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the F-150 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the F-150’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 97 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ram 1500 was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500.

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford F-150 4x4 V8’s reliability will be 21% better than the Ram 1500 4x4 and the Ford F-150 2WD V8 is 10% better than the Ram 1500 2WD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large pickups in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Ram 1500:

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 3.7 DOHC V6

302 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

360 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F-150 6.2 SOHC V8

411 HP

434 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 3.7 SOHC V6

215 HP

235 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 4.7 SOHC V8

310 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 5.7 V8

390 HP

407 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 V6 is faster than the Ram 1500 V6:

F-150

1500

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram 1500:

F-150

Ram 1500

4x2

V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

V6/Auto

turbo V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

4.7 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

V6/Auto

16 city/21 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

turbo V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

4.7 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram 1500 with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank (36 vs. 32 gallons).

 

The F-150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500:

F-150

1500

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.2 inches

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Ram 1500:

F-150

Ram 1500

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ford F-150’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500:

F-150

Ram 1500

Regular Cab Standard Bed

125.9 inches

120.5 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

144.5 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

163.1 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

144.5 inches

140.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.6 inches

n/a

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Harley Davidson SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 (8.7 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the Ram 1500 (10 vs. 8.6 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has .7 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram 1500 Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has .4 inches more front legroom and 2.5 inches more rear hip room than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 shortbed (65.5 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-150 Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 longbed (81.2 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab shortbed (55.5 vs. 50.3 cubic feet).

An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the F-150. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-150 Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ram 1500’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Optional Sync AppLink for the F-150 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Ram 1500 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The F-150 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the F-150 will retain 37.28% to 54.71% of its original price after five years, while the Ram 1500 only retains 34.2% to 45.55%.

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