Trucks & SUVs

The Ram 1500 TRX Isn’t the Ford Raptor Killer

ROAAAAAAR, it’s a battle of the dinosaurs! The Ram 1500 TRX is here to fight the Ford Raptor. TRX is pronounced like t-rex by the way, so the Ram 1500 TRX can throw up a proper fight against the Ford Raptor off-roading truck. But which one is better? 

The Ford Raptor vs. Ram Rebel TRX 

First, we will answer a burning question. What does the TRX in Ram 1500 TRX stand for? TRX just means t-rex, and it’s one big, bad off-roading truck that claims it was developed from rival’s nightmares. 

2021 Ram 1500 TRX front view
2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Ram

Also, to be fair, the 2021 Ford Raptor is in the works, but information is currently being kept under wraps. So, we can only compare the new Ram 1500 TRX to the 2020 Ford Raptor. 

Then to quickly take things back to Jurassic Park, the novel, raptors are described as being skilled, fierce hunters that dominate the landscape. However, if they manage to take down a tyrannosaurus rex, they would have to do it in a pack. Also, the t-rex is a large stand-alone hunter. The size of a squirrel to a human is like the size of a raptor to a t-rex. 

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Bonus Fact: The Toyota Highlander vehicles break down in Jurassic Park, leaving the Jeep Cherokee models as the vehicles you needed to find. 

Ford Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX power 

The Ford Raptor has a 2.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and pumps out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with its 10-speed automatic transmission. 

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor with Fox Live Valve electronic shocks
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor with Fox Live Valve electronic shocks | Fox

The Ram 1500 TRX has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine that pumps out 702 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Despite having so much extra horsepower, it can’t go much faster than the Raptor. 

With a ground clearance of 11.5,” the Ford Raptor is slightly shorter than the Ram 1500 TRX which has a clearance of 11.8”. Both of these trucks have that same 30.2 approach angle, too, with similar departure and break-over angles. 

Ram 1500 TRX parked on gravel hill
Ram 1500 TRX | Ram

While the Ford Raptor can carry a payload of 1,200 lb and haul up to 8,000 lb, the Ram 1500 TRX can carry a payload of 1,350 lb and haul up to 8,100 lb. So, the Ram 1500 TRX isn’t much stronger. 

Ram 1500 TRX and Ford Raptor features 

Both of these trucks are about the same size. Cargo space, passenger room, and more only vary by centimeters. For example, where the Ford Raptor has 40.9” of front headroom, The Ram 1500 TRX has 40.8”. 

2019 Ford F-150 Raptors with Fox Live Vale electronic shocks
2019 Ford F-150 Raptors with Fox Live Vale electronic shocks | Fox

The Ram 1500 TRX has a 12” vertical infotainment center that can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Wifi hotspot is also included. The Ford Raptor has a smaller screen but may gain a larger infotainment center with the 2021 model. It also has a standard Wifi hotspot and can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition
Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition | Ram

The Ram 1500 TRX starts around $72k, and the limited launch edition, which is only offered in 702 models, starts around $92k. Meanwhile, the Ford Raptor only starts around $55k. Before going into the interiors and off-roading equipment, the Ram 1500 TRX doesn’t seem much better.