North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2012 Ram HD Near Calhoun, GA

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2012 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2012 Ram HD

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F-Super Duty’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram HD doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The F-Super Duty 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 HD doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, available four-wheel drive and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-Super Duty (except Diesel) 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 HD doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 2 more horsepower (385 vs. 383) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 400) than the Ram HD’s 5.7 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 50 more horsepower (400 vs. 350) and 150 lbs.-ft. more torque (800 vs. 650) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 50 more horsepower (400 vs. 350) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The F-Super Duty Gas’ standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Short Bed’s standard fuel tank (35 vs. 34 gallons). The F-Super Duty Diesel Long Bed’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram HD Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (37.5 vs. 35 gallons).

 

The F-Super Duty 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 HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-450 SuperCrew’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram HD:

F-450 SuperCrew

HD

Front Rotors

14.53 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15.35 inches

14.1 inches

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

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

146 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Super Duty offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Ram HD’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional suspension has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the F-Super Duty flat and controlled during cornering. The Ram HD 4x2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

141.8 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

158 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

156.2 inches

149.4 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

172.4 inches

169.4 inches

The F-250 Standard Bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 Long Bed Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the F-350 Regular Cab DRW has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 2500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8 vs. 7.1 inches), allowing the F-Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-250 Regular Cab’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Ram HD 3500 Standard Bed Crew Cab (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The F-250 Regular Cab is 3.4 inches shorter than the Ram HD 2500 Long Bed Regular Cab, making the F-Super Duty easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Regular Cab (65.9 vs. 63). The F-Super Duty SuperCrew has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Crew Cab (133.5 vs. 125.3).

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front hip room and 2 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew has .1 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab shortbed (64.1 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Regular Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab longbed (77.3 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (64.4 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty SuperCrew longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab longbed (77.4 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking center console and standard (except XL) locking underseat storage drawer keeps your small valuables safer in the F-Super Duty. The Ram HD 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-Super Duty XL). The Ram HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-Super Duty’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Optional Sync AppLink for the F-Super Duty 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 HD doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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