Ready? Start your hybrid engines! GO!!! The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid raced the Ram 1500 and blew it away. If you thought the new Hybrid Ford F-150 would be weak, then take a look here. Because it definitely isn’t short on power.
The Ford F-150 Hybrid raced the Ram 1500
In one lane, there was the Ram 1500, equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. It comes with an eTorque mild hybrid system with a 48-volt battery and a belt-driven motor-generator. It pumps out 395-hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 11,320 lb.
In the other lane, you’ll find the Ford F-150 Hybrid. The PowerBoost hybrid pairs the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with a 47-hp electric motor to create 430-hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to the wheels by a 10-speed automatic transmission, and it can tow up to 12,750 lb. So, this race seems a little unfair. It was a hybrid vs. a mild-hybrid truck.
The Ram eTorque system just isn’t on the Ford F-150’s level, which is why the race wasn’t even close. The F-150 Hybrid won with time to spare. Also, the amount of weight that both trucks were towing wasn’t verified.
How do the F-150 Hybrid and Ram 1500 eTorque compare?
You can get started in the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid for about $41,145. The Ram 1500 with the V8 eTorque system begins at around $35,630. Both of these prices are for the base models. These prices are before the destination fees, and dealership markups have been added, so pricing may vary depending on your area.
The Ram 1500 eTorque gets an EPA estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. With the F-150 PowerBoost you’ll get an EPA estimated 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It did get a little slack for not breaking 30 mpg, but it does have an estimated 700-mile range.
The Ford Hybrid is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds, while the V8 eTorque Ram can reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Maybe without towing a load, the close would have been much closer.
Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 features
Both trucks have multi-functional tailgates. The tailgate in the Ford F-150 serves as a workbench. It has a cup holder, a flat surface for writing, a ruler to help make measurements, and more.
The Ram 1500 tailgate has a 60/40 split to open like barn doors. This allows you to get closer to the loading floor. When the tailgate is folded flat, it can still carry up to 2,000 lb. Plus, the Ram cargo box on the side provides weatherproof, lockable storage.
No one can beat the comfortable and quiet interior of the Ram 1500. It’s still class-leading. But the Ford F-150 does have optional max reclining seats for napping.
Both trucks have a massive 12-inch vertical display too, but Ram had one first. Also, the F-150 Hybrid has an onboard generator for powering worksites, campsites, tailgate parties, and more.