Ford F-150 vs Ram 1500
So, you want a reliable, capable truck to tackle your work projects and weekend adventures with comfort and ease. The 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2021 Ram 1500 both sit high on your list. But you’re wondering which one will offer the specs, performance, high-tech features, and amenities you want in one complete package.
The team at Sheridan Ford has put together this comparison of the Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 to help drivers in and around Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, make their final decision. Continue reading to learn more or skip ahead to browse our inventory if you’re ready to find your next truck!
2021 Ford F-150 vs Ram 1500: Performance Specs & Capability
Both the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 offer impressive engine lineups, each featuring V8 engine options. However, when it comes down to maximum towing capacity and payload, the 2021 Ford F-150 clearly outshines its Ram competitor:
Maximum Available Towing Capacity
Maximum Available Payload
For truck owners who need or want the added flexibility of hauling more weight, the Ford F-150 offers more power and capability to get where you need to go with all your equipment in tow.
Tow & Payload Support
The Ford F-150 also offers a Smart Hitch feature that guides you throughout the hook-up process so you can hit the road quickly. Along with that, it offers an optional Smart Trailer Tow Connector that lets you know if something related to your trailer needs your attention. Check whether a tow or turn indicator lamp is out through the tow activity screen.
The Ram 1500 offers some similar tow support features to these.
One feature only offered by the Ford F-150, however, is the available onboard scales. This scale and additive mass feature can measure your payload, enabling you to confirm your load is within the limits of your truck’s capability. You can view it through either the touchscreen display or the FordPass™ Connect App.
Tailor Every Drive
In addition to having a larger towing capacity and an extra payload support feature, the 2021 Ford F-150 offers standard selectable drive modes for 2-wheel drive models. The standard modes include Normal as well as the following:
Ford F-150 4-wheel drive models add Deep Snow/Sand and Mud/Ruts modes to the mix. These convenient selectable drive modes help you adapt to changing road and weather conditions. In the 2021 Ram 1500, you won’t find a comparable system available.
Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: Interior, Seating, & Comfort
Next up, we’ll discuss the interiors of the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500. For an immersive surround-sound experience, you can upgrade to larger premium audio systems in either model. Another mood-enhancing upgrade available in the Ford F-150 is interior ambient lighting. Now, you can match your tunes with a visually appealing color display throughout the cabin.
Unfortunately, the 2021 Ram 1500 does not offer a fun-filled option like this one.
Relax & Unwind
The seating in either truck can easily be upgraded thanks to premium appointment options, like luxurious leather trims. When you want to kick back a bit or take a power nap, you can adjust the available Max Recline Seats in the Ford F-150 to lie almost completely flat.
The Ram 1500 offers optional rear seats that feature eight varying degrees of recline. However, this may not be quite enough to get the high-quality shuteye you’re looking for.
In the Ford F-150, you can take this a step further with the optional unique multicontour leather seats featuring Active Motion® massaging technology. With these seats along for the ride, you’ll be able to relax deeply whenever you need to.
To match this feature, the 2021 Ford F-150 also offers an optional Interior Work Surface to help you get things done quicker. Fold out the Interior Work Surface to fill out paperwork or use your laptop when at the jobsite. Then, slide it back into place and out of the way before heading home.
To free up extra room up front when using the Interior Work Surface, you can put down the available stowable shifter with the simple touch of a button. The 2021 Ram 1500 does not offer comparable features to the Interior Work Surface nor the stowable shifter in the Ford F-150.
Whether you need to burn the midnight oil at the jobsite or want extra light at the campsite, the available selectable Zone Lighting offered by the Ford F-150 makes it easy to illuminate the area around your truck. It allows you to light up specific spots or the entire area around your truck, including inside the bed itself, using the FordPass™ Connect App.
The 2021 Ram 1500, on the other hand, does not offer a selectable Zone Lighting system to this one.
2021 Ford F-150 vs Ram: Technology & Infotainment
In either pickup truck, you can opt for available 12-inch touchscreen displays that are both intuitive and easy to read thanks to their enlarged icons. The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 come standard with Android Auto™ integration and Apple CarPlay® compatibility, too, for seamless connectivity on the go.
A convenient Wi-Fi hotspot also comes standard in the 2021 Ford F-150. In the 2021 Ram 1500, though, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim level to enjoy the benefits of having a Wi-Fi hotspot with you as you travel.
The Ram 1500 and the 2021 Ford F-150 offer productivity screen upgrades, too. In the 2021 Ram 1500, you can select the available 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display that keeps key trip information front and center.
Over in the Ford F-150, you can upgrade to a much more expansive 12-inch digital productivity screen. Each of the selectable drive modes even has its own distinct theme on the display.
For extra convenience, the 2021 Ford F-150 also offers an available digital owner’s manual featuring how-to videos and a searchable database, so you can look up things quickly whenever you need to. The 2021 Ram 1500, on the other hand, does not offer a built-in digital owner’s manual that you can access through the touchscreen display.
Ford F-150 vs Ram 1500: Safety, Driver Assistance, & Security
When it comes time to park your truck, both the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 lend a helping hand. The 2021 Ram 1500 offers an available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist feature that takes care of the steering controls while you focus on braking, gear control, and acceleration.
The optional Active Park Assist™ 2.0 system in the Ford F-150 does more, though. Once you come to a full stop, shift into Neutral, and hold down the Active Park Assist button—it handles the rest.
Behind the wheel of the 2021 Ford F-150, turning left is easier, too. Available Intersection Assist alerts you to a potential impact when you’re attempting to make a left-hand turn. If necessary, it can engage the brakes to help keep you safe. You won’t find this feature in the Ram 1500.
Standard & Available Safety Features
In both trucks, you’ll find a host of additional standard and available safety and driver-assist features, too. In the Ford F-150, drivers can select from the following options and more:
- BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane-Keeping System
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
- Auto High-Beam Headlamps
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
These systems help protect you and your loved ones and boost your awareness on the road by providing audible and visual alerts. Some can even intervene by automatically braking to avoid or mitigate an oncoming collision, while others focus on making your commute more comfortable. Truck shoppers will find similar versions of these features offered by the 2021 Ram 1500.
The 2021 Ford F-150 also offers available BlueCruise technology, which lets you travel safely hands-free. It operates the truck by using the following systems: Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering, and Speed Sign Recognition.
Using a driver-facing camera to ensure you’re keeping your eyes on the road, this system invites you to relax on your daily commute or epic road trips. Drivers can use this intelligent system when driving on pre-qualified sections of divided highways known as Hands-Free Blue Zones on over 100,000 miles of roads across North America.
If this sounds appealing to you, keep in mind that the Ram 1500 does not offer a comparable feature.
Another feature you’ll only find in the Ford F-150 is the available SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad located on the driver’s side. After setting your unique code, you’ll have access to your truck at a moment’s notice—even without keys.
The Choice Is Yours: 2021 Ford F-150 or 2021 Ram 1500?
When it comes down to it, if better performance, a larger towing capacity, and additional upgrades matter to you, the 2021 Ford F-150 beats the Ram 1500. At Sheridan Ford, we believe Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE, area truck shoppers will find everything they’re looking for—and more—in the Ford F-150.
But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself why we love this powerhouse by scheduling your in-person test drive today. We look forward to introducing you to the Ford F-150!