2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500 | Festus, MO

2017 ford f-150 vs ram 1500

Are you on the hunt for a highly reliable pickup truck that can elevate your business and enhance your daily drive? With so many pickup trucks available nowadays, finding one that can fulfill all of your automotive needs exactly can be tricky. To assist you in your decision, the experts at Lucas-Smith Ram have taken two of the most popular trucks on the market, the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Ram 1500, and put them head-to-head.

After you've finished reading about these two models, visit our 2017 Ram 1500 model research page to delve deeper into why the new Ram 1500 is the perfect pickup truck, or head straight to our new 2017 Ram 1500 inventory to see available trim packages at our Ram dealership in Festus, MO. Don't forget to check out our Ram 1500 lease specials to see if you qualify for the latest offers.

For this comparison, we'll be looking at the 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman with a regular cab and 8-ft. long bed, starting at $26,495 MSRP, and the 2017 Ford F-150 XL with a regular cab and 8-ft. long bed, starting at $27,110 MSRP.

2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Performance

Regardless of how you plan on using your truck, having plenty of power and dependable capability is critical. Neither are in short supply with the new 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 Ford F-150, but the Ram 1500's 3.6L V6 engine easily outperforms the 2017 Ford F-150 horsepower and torque. Explore the table below for additional engine and performance specs.

2017 Ford F-150 XL


2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman

3.5L Ti-VCT V6


3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT

282 HP @ 6,250 RPM


305 HP @ 6,400 RPM

253 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 RPM


269 lb.-ft. @ 4,175 RPM

6-speed shiftable automatic


8-speed shiftable automatic

Rear wheel drive/Optional 4WD

Drive Type

Rear wheel drive/Optional 4WD

18 city/25 highway (RWD)

17 city/23 highway (4WD)

Fuel Economy (MPG)

17 city/25 highway (RWD)

16 city/23 highway (4WD)

26.0 gal.

Fuel Capacity

32.0 gal.


Fuel Type


2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Towing and Payload Capacity

Whether you're hauling materials to the jobsite or taking the camper on a weekend adventure with the family, you need a truck that offers robust towing capacity and reliable payload power. Not only does the Ram 1500 deliver on both fronts, when you factor in its superior engine and capability, it leaves the 2017 Ford F-150 in the dust.

2017 Ford F-150

Pickup Truck

2017 Ram 1500

12,000 lbs.

Max. Towing Capacity

10,620 lbs.

1,900 lbs.

Max. Payload Capacity

1,880 lbs.

2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Interior & Exterior Design

2017 ford f-150 vs ram 1500

Performance and capability are usually at the forefront when considering which pickup truck is best for you, but finding a model that has appealing styling and convenient features shouldn't go by the wayside. To fit all of your gear, the Ram 1500 offers 74.7 cu. ft. of cargo space, and the F-150 offers 77.4 cu. ft. Both the 2017 Ram 1500 cabin and 2017 Ford F-150 cabin include sensible features and plenty of creature comforts, but we believe you'll appreciate everything the Ram 1500 has to offer more.

Interior Design Features

  • Both models seat up to three passengers and have a 40/20/40 split bench seat; the Ram 1500 also has behind-the-seat storage
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with a front armrest with three cupholders; Ford F-150 comes standard with one cupholder deployable under the bench seat
  • Ram 1500 comes with an instrument cluster with a display screen
  • Both models have black vinyl floor covering
  • Ram 1500 has a cargo and center high-mounted stop lamp lights your vehicle bed and turns on when you brake

Exterior Design Features:

  • Both models come standard with 17-in. steel wheels and all-season tires
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with automatic halogen quad headlamps and incandescent tail lamps
  • Ram 1500 comes standard with a spray-in bedliner; optional feature on the Ford F-150
  • Both models have black front and rear bumpers
  • Ram 1500 comes in 30 exterior colors

2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Technology

While the 2017 Ram 1500 and 2017 F-150 both have safety systems designed to offer you unparalleled protection and innovative infotainment features to keep you entertained, our product specialists prefer the new Ram 1500 to the new F-150. Explore safety and entertainment technology features below:

Safety & Technology Features:

  • Ram 1500 has standard cruise control; optional on Ford F-150
  • Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System with the Ram; SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system with the Ford
  • Advanced multistage front airbags on both models
  • Electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring system on both trucks
  • Optional ParkView™ rear back-up camera; not available on the F-150
  • Radio 3.0 on the Ram 1500
  • Optional Bluetooth® connectivity on both models
  • Optional Uconnect® 3.0 or 5.0 infotainment system in the Ram 1500; optional SYNC® infotainment system in the F-150
  • Media Hub standard on the Ram 1500; not available on the F-150

2017 Ford F-150 vs. 2017 Ram 1500: Warranty

Both the 2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ram 1500 come with comprehensive warranties, such as basic/Bumper-to-Bumper, powertrain, roadside assistance, and rust-through/corrosion protection, to give you peace of mind once you take your new pickup truck home.


2017 Ford F-150

2017 Ram 1500


36 mo./36,000 mi.

36 mo./36,000 mi.


60 mo./60,000 mi.

60 mo./60,000 mi.

Roadside Assistance

60 mo./60,000 mi.

60 mo./60,000 mi.


60 mo./unlimited mi.

60 mo./unlimited mi.

Test Drive the 2017 Ram 1500 at Lucas-Smith CDJR!

test drive 2017 ram 1500

Experience the power and reliability of the 2017 Ram 1500 for yourself and schedule a test drive at our Ram dealership in Festus, MO. If you have any questions, reach out to the Lucas-Smith team by filling out our contact form or by calling (636) 725-0810.

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