Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2001 Ford F-150 VS 2001 Dodge Ram Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2001 Ford F-150

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2001 Dodge Ram

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford F-150 are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Ram has only front height adjustable seat belts.

The F-150 has standard four wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions. Four wheel antilock brakes cost extra on the Ram.

Both the F-150 and the Ram have standard driver and passenger side airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts and available four wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 Super Cab is safer than the Ram 1500 short bed Club Cab:







Head Injury Index



Chest forces

46 g’s

47 g’s





Chest forces

45 g’s

49 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

1140 / 951

915 / 1182

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Ram runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150 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 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

The engines in the F-150 have a distributorless ignition system. Because it has no moving parts and never needs adjustment, it’s much more reliable than the Ram’s conventional rotor and cap type ignition.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-150 has a 130 amp alternator. The Ram’s standard 117 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The F-150’s reliability is better than the Ram’s. In Consumer Reports, the F-150’s reliability is 55% better.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 second among full-size pickups in initial quality. The Ram isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 21st in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Ram:



F-150 4.2 V6

202 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

F-150 4.6 SOHC V8

220 HP

290 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.4 SOHC V8

260 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 Pickup 3.9 V6

175 HP

230 lbs.-ft.

Ram 5.2 V8

230 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Ram 5.9 V8

245 HP

335 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 V6 is faster than the Dodge Ram (automatics tested):


Ram 1500 Pickup

Ram V8

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

12 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

18.4 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

74.8 MPH

81.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Ford F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ram:





16 city/20 hwy

15 city/21 hwy


15 city/19 hwy

14 city/19 hwy


16 city/20 hwy

15 city/20 hwy


16 city/21 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

Opt. V8/Auto

15 city/19 hwy

12 city/18 hwy



14 city/18 hwy

13 city/17 hwy


15 city/18 hwy

12 city/16 hwy

Opt. V8/Auto

14 city/17 hwy

12 city/17 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-150’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram:



Front Rotors

12.13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

11” drums

The F-150’s brakes have 9% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Ram (397.4 vs. 365.6 square inches), so the F-150 has more braking power available.

The Ford F-150 has standard antilock four wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Ram. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The F-150 with its standard antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Ram with antilock brakes:



60 to 0 MPH

154 feet

177 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 has larger standard tires than the Ram (235/70R16 vs. 225/75R16).

The F-150 4x4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram 4x4’s optional 70 series tires.

The Ford F-150 with heavy payload package’s wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Ram only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ford F-150’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Ram 4x4’s solid front axle, which allows the F-150’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram:



Reg. Cab Short Bed

119.9 inches

118.7 inches

Reg. Cab Long Bed

138.5 inches

134.7 inches

Super Cab Long Bed

157.1 inches

154.7 inches

The F-150 XL shortbed handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed SLT Plus Pickup pulls only .66 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 Lariat Super Cab handles at .74 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed SLT Plus Club Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 Lariat Super Cab 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Sport Club Cab 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 XL shortbed goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 3.3 MPH faster than the Ram 1500 short bed SLT Plus Pickup (58.6 vs. 55.3 MPH).

The F-150 XLT Super Cab goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 5.6 MPH faster than the Ram 1500 short bed Sport Club Cab (60.1 vs. 54.5 MPH).

The F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.5 MPH faster than the Ram 1500 short bed Sport Club Cab 4x4 (53.8 vs. 52.3 MPH).

The F-150 XLT Super Cab performs Popular Mechanics’ emergency lane change maneuver 6 MPH faster than the Ram 1500 short bed ST Club Cab (49.4 vs. 43.4 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 200 pounds less than the Dodge Ram.

The design of the Ford F-150 amounts to more than styling. The F-150 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .37 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Ram (.44). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the F-150 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Popular Mechanics, the interior of the F-150 Super Cab is quieter than the Ram 1500 short bed Sport Club Cab:



At idle

51 dB

55.4 dB


80 dB

85.8 dB

60 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Super Cab has .6 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Ram Club Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .4 inches more rear headroom and 5.2 inches more rear legroom than the Ram Club Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram shortbed (58.6 vs. 55.5 cubic feet). The F-150 longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram longbed (72.6 vs. 70 cubic feet).

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Ram’s in almost every dimension:

F-150 SuperCrew



Length (short/long)




Max Width




Min Width








To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F-150 has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Ram doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the F-150 offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The Ram doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The Ram’s optional power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The F-150’s optional doors lock when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The F-150’s optional speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ram’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150 XLT and Lariat has optional an automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Ram doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-150 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-150 will cost $814 less than the Ram over a five year period.

The F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Ram because of its lower insurance rate. It also costs $201 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the F-150 than the Ram, including $15 less for a water pump, $63 less for an alternator, $94 less for a starter, $48 less for a fuel pump, $102 less for a power steering pump and $42 less for a tune-up.

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