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The 2021 Ford F-150 Is A Stronger Alternative to the 2021 Ram 1500

The 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2021 Ram 1500 are among the most well-known pickup trucks on the market today. But when it comes to choosing the strongest option of these two trucks? The 2021 Ford F-150 makes for a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. Let’s find out why.

Pictured is the 2021 Ford F-150 at its Dearborn Plant debut.
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How much can the 2021 Ram 1500 tow?

The 2021 Ram 1500 is no stranger to towing. In fact, this year’s model is available with a lineup of engines, each of which will have you towing a considerable amount of weight. But at its strongest? The 2021 Ram 1500 will have you pulling 12,750-pounds with its available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood. 

While that figure certainly is impressive, the Ram 1500 is outmuscled by its competition. So if you’re in need of a stronger alternative to the 2021 Ram 1500? You might want to consider this year’s new Ford F-150 instead.

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Choose the 2021 Ford F-150 for a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500

Here’s the thing, as strong as the Ram 1500 is, it’s not the strongest pickup out there. So if its maximum towing capacity doesn’t offer quite enough pulling power? Consider the 2021 Ford F-150 as a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. In fact, according to Edmunds, the F-150 offers more than 1,000-pounds of additional towing capacity in comparison to the Ram 1500.

Edmunds isn’t wrong, either. Choose a 2021 Ford F-150 equipped with its standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and the Max Trailer Tow Package, and this year’s new Ford F-150 boasts a max tow rating of 14,000-pounds. There’s no denying that makes the F-150 a much stronger alternative to the Ram 1500.

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Is the 2021 Ford F-150 a better truck than the Ram 1500?

Sure, the Ford F-150 is a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. But does that make it a better truck than the Ram 1500? According to both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book, it just might. 

Edmunds reports that the 2021 Ford F-150 has the edge when it comes to “outward visibility, optional tech features, driver’s aids and overall build quality.” Kelley Blue Book added that the Ford F-150 benefits from plenty of new features too, including its available hybrid powertrain and sought-after features like Pro Power Onboard.

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Here’s how much the 2021 Ford F-150 will cost you

The Ford F-150 isn’t just a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. It’s also cheaper. While the Ram 1500 will have you spending $32,795 on a base model, a base model F-150 will only have you spending $28,940. Upgrade to the Ford F-150 XLT and this year’s new Ford F-150 is still a cheaper alternative to the Ram 1500.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500 and, as pictured, is capable of towing a boat.
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Which brawny pickup should you choose?

If you need a pickup with a serious amount of towing power, it’s worth considering the Ford F-150 as a stronger alternative to the Ram 1500. But if you don’t need a truck that can tow more than 12,750-pounds? We recommend taking each of these trucks out for a test drive before making any final decisions.