2018 Ram 2500 vs. 2018 Ford F-250

 

Introduction

The Ford F-Series of pickup trucks has been around forever—since 1958, as a matter of fact—and for a long time the Ford lineup was largely unsurpassed when it came to trucks. However, when the original Ram truck was introduced in 1981, it was a game-changer. Today, the 2018 Ram 2500 is one of the most powerful, versatile, and dependable work trucks on the market, available in a variety of trim packages to suit your job or lifestyle, and offering a choice between a gas or diesel engine.

Price

When you're in the market for a work truck, price matters. While the 2018 Ram 2500 and the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty have comparable starting MSRPs—the Ram is a little cheaper at $32,545 when compared to the F-250 at $32,890—you get more for your money when you get behind the wheel of a Ram 2500. A wide range of trim packages such as the Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Laramie, Power Wagon, and Limited also allow you to customize your Ram to suit your budget, your job, and your lifestyle. To check out a full selection of models and pricing, visit your local Ram dealer in Kansas City, Missouri today!

Styling & Options

Who says you can't work in style? With so many trim levels to choose from, the 2018 Ram 2500 offers plenty of options to help you do your job in addition to styling and amenities that range all the way up to full-on luxury car status. But at the end of the day, the Ram is a work truck, and it doesn't forget that. The available Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System will help you bring along everything you need for the job, and a factory-installed structural crossmember on the rear axle allows you to connect your trailer to the frame of your truck in a way that's solid, reliable, and structurally sound. The bed and cargo area of the Ford F-250 Super Duty are partitionable, and tie-down hooks are available, but when you want a workhorse that works as hard as you do, you want the 2018 Ram 2500.

Performance

When you get right down to it, you want a work truck that you can count on, no matter what you need to do. That truck is the 2018 Ram 2500. While the Ford F-250 comes equipped with a 6.2-liter Flex Fuel V-8 engine standard, the 2018 Ram 2500 starts off with a HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 that can generate 383 horsepower and a massive 400 lb-ft of torque. For even more power, you can upgrade to the Cummins turbo diesel engine, which gives you a maximum towing capacity of a whopping 17,980 pounds! Add in trim options and a Class V hitch receiver, and you can see why the 2018 Ram 2500 is the work truck powerhouse to beat.

Use of Space

Ford has been turning out the F-series of trucks for a long time and has learned how to make solid trucks that have good carrying capacity. Balancing space with utility and comfort, however, is where the many trim options of the 2018 Ram 2500 come into play. The Ram 2500 seats six, whereas the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty only seats five comfortably, and even then, extended cab models aren't always the most spacious. Meanwhile, the 2018 Ram 2500 gives you three roomy cab configurations to choose from, including the enormous Mega Cab option!

Comfort

Years ago, a work truck was just that—a dusty cab attached to a powerhouse vehicle meant for towing trailers or hauling tools. But these days, work trucks require a little more comfort and a little more style in order to compete. Even at the base model, the 2018 Ram 2500 starts to leave the competition behind, adding cruise control, tinted glass, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Get behind the wheel of a base model Ford F-250, and you're looking at air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo, and not much else.

Of course, both the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty and the 2018 Ram 2500 offer higher-tier comfort and amenities at higher trim packages, with both able to stand side-by-side with the majority of luxury cars at their highest trim levels. The difference, of course, is that the Ram 2500 gives you so many options to choose from that you can pick the one that fits your needs and your budget.

Gas Mileage

In most cases, gas mileage is reported based on estimates provided by the EPA. However, the EPA doesn't rate the fuel economy of vehicles as heavy as the 2018 Ram 2500 or the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty, so there's considerably less information to go on. Depending on configuration and weight, both the Ford F-250 and the Ram 2500 have been estimated by professional auto industry test drivers to achieve around 20 miles per gallon on the highway, which isn't bad, all things considered.

Safety and Security

Working hard is important, but so is working smart, and that means working safe. The 2018 Ram 2500 received an overall four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thanks to a variety of standard safety features, including electronic brake controls on all but the most basic model and a backup camera. For even more safety and security, you can also add front and rear parking sensors or a cargo-view camera that lets you keep an eye on your tools or whatever else you may be hauling. The Ford F-250 Super Duty comes with a standard set of safety features, including airbags and an anti-theft ignition.

Summary

When you want a truck that works as hard as you do, it's our opinion that the 2018 Ram 2500 leaves the 2018 Ford F-250 in the dust. It's got a more powerful engine standard with enhanced towing capacity, better trim packages to choose from so you can customize your truck to fit your work, more room for passengers, and more bang for your buck. Even the places where the two trucks are shoulder-to-shoulder, the Ford F-250 just can't seem to pull ahead. That's why the 2018 Ram 2500 is just the smarter choice.

You can test drive a 2018 Ram 2500 today at Stateline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, serving Kansas City, MO, Lee's Summit, Odessa, and Independence!


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