North Georgia Ford Compares 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2020 Ram HD Near Chatsworth, GA

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2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2020 Ram HD

Safety Comparison

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Both the F-Super Duty and the Ram HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The F-Super Duty 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 rated the F-Super Duty second among large heavy duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Ram HD isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 8 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Super Duty’s optional 7.3 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (430 vs. 410) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 429) than the Ram HD’s 6.4 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 105 more horsepower (475 vs. 370) and 200 lbs.-ft. more torque (1050 vs. 850) than the Ram HD’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel. The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 75 more horsepower (475 vs. 400) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (1050 vs. 1000) than the Ram HD 3500’s optional 6.7 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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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 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

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

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.75 inches

14.1 inches

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

F-Super Duty

Ram HD

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Super Duty has larger standard tires than the Ram HD (245/75R17 vs. 235/80R17).

The F-Super Duty’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 75 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram HD DRW’s standard 80 series tires.

The F-450’s wheels have 10 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram HD only has 8 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The F-Super Duty 4x2’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ram HD’s solid front axle, which allows the F-Super Duty’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The F-Super Duty offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ram HD doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

148 inches

n/a

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.2 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed

159.8 inches

149 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

176 inches

169 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Super Duty is 1.6 inches wider in the front and .2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Ram HD.

The F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Limited Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Limited Crew Cab 4x4 (28.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 30.2 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the F-250 Long Bed Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram HD 3500 Long Box Crew Cab (8.2 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the F-Super Duty to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford F-Super Duty may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Ram HD.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Regular Cab (64.6 vs. 62.5). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ram HD Crew Cab (131.8 vs. 124.6).

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 1 inch more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the Ram HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ram HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Regular Cab shortbed (78.5 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab shortbed (65.4 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram HD Crew Cab longbed (78.5 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-Super Duty Regular Cab easier. The F-Super Duty Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 36.1 inches, while the Ram HD’s liftover is 38.5 inches. The F-Super Duty Crew Cab’s liftover is only 34.8 inches.

The F-Super Duty’s cargo box is larger than the Ram HD’s in almost every dimension:

F-Super Duty Regular Cab

F-Super Duty Super Cab

Ram HD Mega Cab

Length (short/long)

98.1”

81.9”/98.1”

76.3”

Max Width

66.9”

66.9”

66.4”

Height

21.1”

21.1”

20.1”

The Ford F-Super Duty has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ram HD, and isn’t available on the Ram HD Tradesman.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Super Duty’s available front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ram HD’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the F-Super Duty the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Ram HD can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-Super Duty’s available exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Ram HD doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost SiriusXM Guardian can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-Super Duty’s available exterior PIN entry system (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Ram HD doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost SiriusXM Guardian can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ram HD isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the F-Super Duty as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Ram HD has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Ram Pickup by 43% during the 2019 model year.

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