• Feb 23, 2009
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The pickup market may be contracting, but the trucks themselves are better than ever. Two substantially new full-size trucks have gone on sale recently, the 2009 Ford F-150 and 2009 Dodge Ram, and we've already had the chance to park both in the Autoblog Garage for a week. The F-150 tows more, carries a higher payload and is the all-time leader in sales. The Dodge Ram is arguably the better looking truck, sports a vastly improved interior and its 390-hp HEMI V8 engine is a true powerhouse. Follow the jump to view our video comparison of these two new pickup trucks. They're both deserving of high praise, but only one has what it takes to be the king of the Autoblog Garage.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      AutoBlog to Howie Long..

      "That ManStep is actually really cool."


      • 5 Years Ago
      Ram > Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Using your logic about the 90% capacity, you would be using the ram at max capacity towing the 8k lbs while the f150 would do it with ease. When I buy my next truck (and I actually use my truck) I will be buying a ford, hands down. I do not want a cushy ride, I want a truck, to handle my needs of a truck. If I wanted a car, that is what I would get.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with JDM. You can say the F150 is a better work truck but do you really want to tow 11,000 lbs. with a half ton? I don't think so. You should not work any piece of machinery at 90% or more of it's capacity all the time/the majority of the time. So if you only need to tow 8,000 lbs. or so then look at the features and pick the best truck based on those, not a max towing capacity that should never be approached. Besides if you only can have one vehicle for work and personal use then the Ram is a better choice. Better ride when unloaded and nicer looking to take your lady out with.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Reality > JDMlover
      • 5 Years Ago
      so to me ...the f-150 wins in every category ...the Ram has really stepped it up interior wise ...looks much much better ...but the load flat floor really wins here

      also the tool tracking and PC connection package (forgot what its called) is genius ...nothing comparable from Chrysler or GM

      and how can the Ram drive better...did you guys forget this video?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/26/video-mike-rowe-takes-on-dirty-job-of-comparing-full-size-picku/

      but the f-150 is down on power ...and still tows more? what gives Chrysler? so the only thing all that power is good for is wasting gas? makes no sense
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all, I don't think Dodge still makes the Ram SRT?!? Secondly, I am a firm believer that if you lower a truck, it is no longer a truck.

        As for the video...it was a marketing video for Ford. While the tests may have all been true they created and/or used tests that were suited to the F-150s strong points. For a more unbiased comparison, I would consider looking at PickupTrucks.com (where by the way, the Ford won also).
        http://special-reports.pickuptrucks.com/2008/11/best-overall-ha.html

        Also, I would not say that the F-150 wins "hands down", it is a very close race. Both trucks have their pros and cons. If you use your truck for utility 100% of the time, then yes the F-150 sounds like the better option. However, many people buy a truck to use for towing & payload once in awhile, and would benefit more from the extra power and better ride quality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the guy in this video was referring to was the Ram's superior on road handling & ride quality due to the new coil springs in the rear giving it a more car-like feel.

        The other video you linked showed tests of simulated "off road" driving situations - and the tests were arguably tailored to suit Ford's strong points.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice review... cuz.. you know what you're talking about! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty decent review, but I have to disagree with some stuff. The guy says the Rambox takes up usable bed space. First of all the Ram box is completly optional so I don't think it should count against it, plus the cubbies provide plenty of dry lockable storage that the Ford Doesn't offer. The bed still accomodates 4x8 sheets of drywall. I agree the Ford is a better truck for somebody that uses thier truck to make a living. But for me the Dodge is a better daily driver for the guy who uses his truck for recrational activities and to pull around a boat on the weekend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn that Ram is nice
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're both nice trucks but I think the F-150 is much more durable! I saw the on track testing and that sold me A to Z. Ford beat them all without a good show by the others at all! Dodge, Chevy and Toyo! No kidding!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ram is nice, but the F-150 is more my cup of tea. It's more of a traditional truck and I prefer the styling by far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F150 looks pretty good.

      A useful ergonomic and 'economic' truck for people who have to sit in one of these for most of their working day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      does anyone notice how that ram interior looks just like the fords? the ram has the same center stack.way to go chrysler.... no wonder why your truck got outsold by the trundra. plus lets not mention the maximum towing of the ram is 8900lbs. my neighbords' sport track has a max tow of 7600lbs. lets also not talk about payload.

      2004 model.. great handling,good power. awesome interior, best ride. 7.9 0-60
      2009.... 25 more hp 6 speed auto, 7.6 0-60, better frame.. translates into, trucklike ride, poor handling and poor power? maybe we wondt drive the 20 inch rim platiunum in the snow??? they need to look more into what they are doing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've literalyl never driven a full size truck, so forgive the ignorance: Why is the Chevy/GMC full size offering not included in this review? Is it that much poorer than these two trucks? I thought GM's bread and butter were it's trucks/SUVs?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps because the Ram and F-150 are all new for this year, while the GM trucks are not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great video, looked pretty cold. Awesome timing with hitting that piece of litter out of the park.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice tough-guy truck voice there. I bet even the barista at the Starbucks drive-thru will be convinced.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's the deal. I have driven both the new Ram and F150. Actually both models, except the Laramie was a 4X4. Both very heavy contenders in the US truck market, but I have to say that the Ford wins, just like the last 32 years.

      Let me start from the bottom up:
      The Ram has a higher base price with a V6 than the F150 base with a V8.

      Exterior Originals: Rambox, great idea, no doubt. Congrats Dodge. Yeah, but what if I have a short bed w/Rambox and want a tool box? I am screwed. I like the fact that there is the what is now dubbed "Manstep" and sidesteps to make it easier to get into the bed and hide those to look flush with the rest of the body.

      Fuel Efficiency: F150 gets up to 21MPG highway with the SFE (can't remember the damn acronym!) but the Ram can only get 20 with its aerodynamics.

      Front end: The Ford is too boxy on the grille. Not appealing. But the swept forward design is not good either. "Tractor-trailer look?" Yeah one that rear-ended an SUV!

      Interior: Nearly equal, but the totality of features and creature comforts goes to Ford. I love the idea of the fold flat floor. However Dodge's nooks and crannies of storage is organizationally great as well. But Dodge is still a tiny bit more cramped inside.

      Towing/Hauling: "The Biggie." Dodge Ram 1500 does NOT use traditional leaf springs anymore. They use coils. This continues to reduce the already low towing/hauling capabilities for Dodge in their Class 2 trucks. Ford increased theirs by a bit. A lot of people use their F150s and Ram 1500s for hauling the horses or the boat. Not everybody who hauls or tows stuff uses a HD truck.

      Overall, these are a couple points I believe lead to F150's victory over the truck war. As for the competition....Nissan never was a big player, Toyota has lost in quality and economy, Silverado/Sierra is just unappealling in all catagories, especially with exterior design, which is very unoriginal and uglier by the minute.
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