The Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

September 13th, 2019 by

A silver 2020 Ford F-150 is driving through the dirt with a dust cloud.

used car dealer can be a bonafide treasure trove. If you’re searching for a large truck and don’t mind that it has a few years behind it, reading through the ratings and specs of different trim levels of the past can help you determine how these brands have stacked up against each other throughout the years. The good news is that within the pick-up truck market, there has always been a wide range of available trim levels to offer different pros and cons, depending on your needs. Whether you prioritize cargo space, trailering ability, fuel economy, power, or safety features, there’s a used truck out there for everyone.

One popular model and one we love here at DePaula Ford is the F-150, but why is it so great? To start, the F-150 has existed since the 1940s and has been a favorite ever since. Commended for its best-in-class features and tough build, it destroys its competition. Read on for a quick back-to-back comparison that shows why we love the F-150 here at our dealership in Albany, NY, and why you should pick this powerhouse over its competitors.

Going Back to 2010

A solid truck from 2010 can be a great bargain buy at the used car dealership. If it was made well and treated right, these models will certainly still have some good years left to offer. For the sake of comparing apples to apples, our first look will be based on the standard models of the Dodge Ram (2WD Crew Cab ST), the GMC Sierra 1500 (2WD Crew Cab SLE) and the Ford F-150 (2WD Reg Cab XL). All are from 2010. Several features on these trucks are identical, but a few slight differences between them will make or break your decision to buy.

Fuel economy among these three trucks is similar for all, with 13/14 MPG in the city and 19/20 MPG on the highway. Both the F-150 and the Ram have enough seating for three passengers, while the Sierra has enough room for six.

As for engines, the F-150 XL is equipped with a 4.6L V8 engine that gets 248 HP and 294 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra 1500 SLE has a 4.8L V8 that performs well with 302 HP and 305 lb-ft of torque. Last but not least, the Ram ST finds itself paired with a 4.7L V8 that gets 310 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque.

While having some seriously different engines, all of these trucks will have the ability to carry some serious weight. The max trailering weight sits at 5,000 lbs for the Ford and the Ram and slightly less at 4,700 lbs for the Sierra. While you might lose in horsepower or torque switching from the more powerful Ram to the F-150, you don’t lose in towing ability.

These trucks all provide decent features, but your decision will inevitably come down with what gives you the best value and personal preference. With a starting MSRP of $22,060, the F-150 is going to give you the most bang for your buck. You won’t lose in towing ability, and while you might only have seating for 3 to start but a model with more features will only beat the competition at a much lower price.

The Ram tends to run higher for several of its trims and started out with an MSRP of $31,835. That being said, the Ram is considered one of the better-looking full-size trucks even thou. The Ford F-150 is noted as offering a quieter and more comfortable ride. In-touch steering and handling are a pro feature for the Sierra 1500. With a good test drive and thorough CarFax report, any of these trucks have the potential to make a great old friend.

2015: Ford F-150 Compared to the Dodge Ram 1500

Autotrader did an article years back comparing the 2015 Ford F-150 against the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500. For 2015, the Ford F-150 came out on top due to its superior towing and hauling capabilities, equipment, technology, and safety features. Some of the nice perks you can get in a used F-150 from 2015 (that you won’t find in the Ram 1500) include blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, power-retractable running boards, an 8-inch information display. The 2015 Ram was given a 4/5 government crash test rating, while the F-150 got a 5/5. This is likely due to the enhanced safety features, which help drivers in managing such a large truck.

A red 2015 Ford F-150, popular at a local used car dealer near you, is parked on snow in Albany, NY.

If fuel economy is a focus for you, opting for the F-150’s Ecoboost engine or the Ram’s EcoDiesel engine can save you money on gas. Both are V6 engines. The F-150’s two Ecoboost options give drivers an up to 24 or 26 MPG. The 2015 Ram’s EcoDiesel offers an impressive 25 miles per gallon average, which is definitely superior but might also come with a higher price tag. If your focus is on fuel economy, the Ram definitely delivers better numbers. For innovative tech and safety features in a used truck, the 2015 Ford F-150 has more to offer.

2016: Ford F-150 Compared to the GMC Sierra 1500

Comparing two trucks can be particularly challenging, given the wide range of variants for engine types, size, and features available. The range in the MSRP for various trims of 2016 Ford F-150s and Sierra 1500s can run anywhere from a low of 26k to upwards of 62k. The 2016 Ford F-150 this example is the 2WD Regular Cab XLT with MSRP of $32,210. A comparable Sierra 1500 is the 2WD Crew Cab SLE with an MSRP of $39,635, as both are standard models. Drivers certainly have an array of options to consider when browsing the used car dealership. Both vehicles are also made as four-wheel drive models.

Fuel economy in these two examples is almost identical, with 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24/25 miles per gallon highway. Ford comes out on top again in the area of technology with its Sync 3 infotainment system in the 2016 F-150. The GMC Sierra is described as efficient and straightforward, with a quiet interior. It’s important to note that the Ford F-150 has seating for three passengers, while the Sierra 1500 seats six. As a result, the cargo box length in the F-150 is 96 inches, versus just 69.33 inches in the Sierra. Wheels on the F150 are lighter-weight aluminum, while the Sierra consistently uses steel.

Overall, both trucks are very well-rated and offer several options that vary quite a bit in price. If you need extra seating for more passengers, the Sierra would be a better choice. Those who prefer to replace the seating with maximum cargo space should opt for the F-150. Depending on your transportation needs and preferences, either pick-up could be a great option, and buying used is a safe financial bet and the F-150.

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