At least from the front, the Ram 1500 looks quite different than the 2018 Ford F-150. But is there as much difference between the two when it comes to the really important stuff? Let's take a look and compare these two titans of the full-size light-duty pickup truck segment.
2018 Ford F-150 vs Ram 1500
Comfort and Luxury: Ford F-150
Both of these trucks come in a wide range of trim levels and, therefore, varying levels of comfort and luxury. At the entry levels both can be pretty utilitarian work vehicles, but at the other end of the spectrum they can be as luxurious as a lot of premium sedans and SUVs.
The F-150 and Ram 1500 can both seat up to six people in some considerable comfort. However, when it comes to upholstery and standard equipment, the 2018 Ford F-150 definitely has the edge over the Ram 1500. The 1500 is trying, hard, to match the styling of the interior of the F-150, but it just can't quite make it. The wood accents are, for example, not as impressive as they could be and the design of the dash doesn't work as well as the F-150's command center. There's not much difference here, and you'd certainly not hate your time in a 1500, but if we're choosing based on luxury, the F-150 has the win here.
Features and Equipment: Ford F-150
Being more specific about features and equipment, both models come standard at the entry level with at least a basic audio system and a rearview camera. The F-150 offers buyers the likes of push-button start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
In its most basic forms the Ram 1500 sees power locks and windows as an additional cost option, which is frankly unacceptable in this day and age. Compared to the laundry list of standard features the F-150 offers, the Ram 1500 gives buyers just Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from that list. Top trims are very similar, but at the lower and mid-range levels, the Ford gives buyers more.
Learn More about the Ford F-150
Although the Ram 1500 is a much older truck design than the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150, it does a better job than most at giving the Ford a run for its money. But although it may be a very good truck, the Ram 1500 is still resigned to being one of the best of the rest when faced by the quality and capability of the F-150.