It’s a good time to be a truck lover. For the last several years, pickup truck fans have been absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to new vehicles.
As engineering and technology improved and consumers began to demand more from their vehicles, the automakers responded by creating a new generation of trucks that kept what made pickups special—power and storage space—while also improving everything else about it.
Today’s pickups have even more towing and driving power than their predecessors, while also getting better gas mileage, being safer in crashes, and providing a more comfortable ride.
Enter two new versions of big-name pickup trucks: the Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram 1500. Both of these vehicles have undergone a change to brand new frames for their 2017 incarnations, which has many people wondering which one makes a more graceful transition. Now that both the 2017 F-150 and the 2017 Ram 1500 are available for test driving, we know the answer: The 2017 Ford F-150 trounces the competition.
How the F-150 Comes Out on Top
It’s not just us saying it, either. U.S. News and World Report named the 2017 Ford F-150 the “2017 Best Full Size Truck for the Money” (with the Ram 1500 coming in second).1 According to the grades on Car Connection, the Ford F-150 also earned a higher score than its Dodge counterpart.2
So, what is it about the 2017 Ford F-150 that sets it apart from the competition? For one, there’s the F-150’s optional twin-turbo V-6. This setup is capable of a whopping 375 horsepower, almost the same power output as a V-8, and is much more fuel efficient and eco-friendly. While the Ram 1500’s optional V-8 does give you a little bit more power, drivers are much more likely to notice the money they save at the pump than that negligible surplus of horsepower.
Another mark in the F-150’s favor is its towing capacity. The 2017 Ford F-150 can tow up to 12,200 pounds—more than enough for just about anyone’s needs. By comparison, the Ram 1500 is only rated for 10,650—nearly a ton less than the F-150.
The secret to the F-150’s superiority in these areas comes down to its revolutionary new frame design. According to information from Ford, the 2017 version of the F-150 uses a steel frame that has been cloaked in lightweight aluminum body panels. Using this design, Ford was able to reduce the weight of the vehicle by up to 700 pounds, without sacrificing the strength or sturdiness people expect from a pickup.
Without disrespecting the newest version of the Ram 1500, it just can’t compete with the 2017 Ford F-150. In terms of horsepower, sturdiness, gas mileage, and design, Ford simply created a better vehicle. Whether you’re a longtime truck driver or looking for a good first pickup, the 2017 Ford F-150 is a remarkable vehicle that is sure to meet your needs.
Schedule a test drive at our Ford dealership Indianapolis today by calling 317-831-2750.