For some, there is no finer sight than a big, bold, beautiful truck just off the dealer's lot. These trucks are made for working, but they're also a sight to behold. But let's stop daydreaming for a minute and talk turkey. How do you know if you got your money's worth? How do you know what the work potential is under that shiny exterior? There's a simple way to test the resilience and work potential of a heavy-duty truck. Just look at the numbers. In this comparison guide, we'll assemble the facts so you can easily see just what your truck can do and how much you can expect to pay for its service.
Towing and Payload Capacities: 2019 Ford F-250
The 2019 Ford F-250 is a no-holds-barred workhorse of a truck. Hitch up your heaviest trailer, RV, or boat, and watch this Super Duty roll on out of here. The F-250 can tow loads of up to a tremendous 25,000 pounds, when properly equipped. That's literally tons more than the Ram 2500's 17,980-pound cap.
Then there's payload capability. Again, the Ford wins the crown, hauling 4,332 pounds of dirt, gravel, or concrete. So throw the scrap from the construction site into the back and haul it all away. The Ford F-250 can handle it. The Ram 2500 comes in a close second, able to haul up to 3,990 pounds, which means you might have to make two trips to clean up that extra 300 pounds or so.
You might expect to pay more for all that extra towing and hauling capability, but Ford actually charges a little less. That's because the 2019 F-250 starts at just $33,150. At that price point, you're not getting the latest gadgets, but there are a respectable number of features, including air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, manual windows and door locks, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver information display, four-speaker audio system, 17-inch steel wheels, manual front locking hubs (four-wheel-drive models), intermittent wipers, rearview camera, manually adjustable telescoping towing mirrors, removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist, and 2.5-inch trailer hitch receiver with 2-inch insert. Phew!
The 2019 Ram 2500 starts at $33,395, just a slight tick up from the F-250's starting price. Its standard features lineup is very similar to the Ford's, except that Ram throws in the Uconnect radio system on a 3.5-inch screen. We think the Ford F-250 and Ram 2500 are pretty equal in terms of price.
Off-Roading: 2019 Ford F-250
At the end of the work week, you might want some fun. The Ford F-250 is happy to oblige. The Super Duty is agile as this truck plows through sand, snow, or mud. With features like lockable rear diff and shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive, it's more than enough to make your off-roading dreams come true.The F-250 is sure-footed and versatile, especially once you add the optional FX4 off-road package on our truck for that. The rugged Ram 2500 also offers four-wheel drive. And it's definitely capable off-roading, but the Ram isn't really a contender for top off-roader in this class of truck.
Whether you're working hard or playing hard, the Ford F-250 is the heavy duty truck to beat. And all for the same price as its rival.