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The 2016 Ford F-150 vs. the 2016 Ram 1500

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When you put any two modern half-ton pickup trucks side-by-side they can appear pretty similar at a glance. But when you start to look closer, the 2016 Ford F-150 clearly stands out above the rest. For example, while the 2016 Ram 1500 promises better fuel economy than the Ford F-150, in order to get it you have to pay for a pricey engine upgrade that also sacrifices performance in exchange for mpg. The Ram's 5.7L HEMI has to deactivate some of its cylinders in order to get the advertised higher mpg. The F-150, meanwhile, offers competitive fuel economy, more options, and best-in-class towing and payload features. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Power and Handling

With four engine options available to the Ram's three, the 2016 Ford F-150 offers power and economy options for every job and every lifestyle. What's more, two of the F-150's available engines outperform the Ram 1500's top-of-the-line 5.7L HEMI in torque, horsepower, towing capacity, and fuel economy. In fact, the F-150's 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 12,200, 365 horsepower, and an EPA-estimated combined 20 mpg with all six cylinders running. The Ram's 5.7L HEMI has to deactivate some of its cylinders in order to get the advertised higher mpg, and can't compete with the Ford F-150 in either towing capacity or maximum payload. Advantage: Ford F-150

Vehicle Design and Features

As the first and only truck in its class with an aluminum body and bed, the Ford F-150 brings a range of innovations to the table that its competitors just can't match. The F-150 is all about options that let you customize your truck to fit your needs, from an array of available bed features to side-mirror LED spotlights and beyond!

Another place where the Ford F-150 stands out from its competition is in towing. Besides offering a best-in-class maximum towing capacity, the F-150 also boasts a range of available towing features that leave its competition in the dust. While the Ram 1500 offers passive towing features like an integrated trailer hitch and trailer sway control, the F-150 brings the best in technology and know-how to available towing options with the Smart Trailer Tow Connector, 360-degree camera with split-view display, dynamic hitch assist, and much more, including being the first in its class to offer Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Advantage: Ford F-150.

Our Conclusions: The Ford F-150 is the Better Truck

When it comes to comparing half-ton pickup trucks, the similarities between the 2016 Ford F-150 and the 2016 Ram 1500 are only skin deep. Scratch the surface, and you'll find that the F-150 offers competitive fuel economy without sacrificing power, superior towing capacity and features, and a range of available customization options that have made it the best-selling truck in America for nearly 40 years. And that's not mentioning that the Ford F-150 is The Car Connection's pick for best truck in its class in 2016, nor its 5 star government crash test ratings, nor that it's a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Don't get us wrong, the 2016 Ram 1500 brings some admirable features to the table, and is the only half-ton pickup currently offering a diesel engine. But when it comes to performance, payload, and options, it just can't compete with the F-150. That's because of the Ford F-150's class-exclusive features like its aluminum body and bed, not to mention twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost gas engine technology. And while the F-150 may not have an available diesel engine, it is the only truck in its class able to run on propane or compressed natural gas!

And of course there's performance, where the 2016 Ford F-150 outstrips its competition in almost every department, from its best-in-class towing capacity of 12,200 lbs. and maximum payload of 3,270 lbs. to the fact that it can beat the Ram's fuel economy with all of its cylinders still in action and without sacrificing any power.

The 2016 Ford F-150 also offers a wide variety of available features that you can't get with any other truck in its class, including towing options like Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Smart Trailer Tow Connector, PowerScope folding or telescoping tow mirrors, LED side-mirror spotlights, 360 degree camera with split-view display, dynamic hitch assist, and more. Don't do a lot of towing? The F-150 has still got you covered with available features like Active Parking Assist, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, multicontour seats with Active Motion, a Panoramic Vista Roof, inflatable rear safety belts in the SuperCrew, remote tailgate release, and stowable loading ramps, to name just a few.

Ready to take a 2016 Ford F-150 for a test-drive today and see for yourself why it's America's top-selling pickup truck? Stop by Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita and let us show you what your Kansas Ford dealerships can do for you!