2018 Ford F-150 Diesel vs 2018 RAM 1500 Diesel

Pickup truck shoppers considering a truck powered by a diesel engine are looking for a vehicle that delivers impressive workhorse performance. These trucks are expected to handle all of their owners towing and hauling needs. The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel vs the 2018 RAM 1500 Diesel looks at how the newest entry into the diesel pickup segment compares to one of the established power players.

Both the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 RAM 1500 offer turbodiesel engine options. These two engines may appear similar on paper, but the performance numbers tell a different story.

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2018 Ford F-150 Diesel VS 2018 RAM 1500 Diesel
3.0-liter Turbocharged V-6 Diesel Engine 3.0-liter Turbocharged V-6
250 horsepower, 440 pound-feet of torque Engine Performance 240 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque
2,020 pounds Max Payload Capacity 1,600 pounds
11,400 pounds Max Towing Capacity 9,210 pounds

2018 Ford F-150, RAM 1500 Diesel Engine Performance

The 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel is able to best the ratings of the 2018 RAM 1500 Diesel in every performance category. The Ford Power Stroke 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 produces 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. The RAM engine is rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford pairs the diesel engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the RAM 1500 comes equipped with an 8-speed automatic.

The higher performance numbers of the Ford engine allow the F-150 to best the performance of the RAM in the critical towing and payload categories. The F-150 diesel offers a maximum towing capacity of 11,400 pounds and a max payload of 2,020 pounds. The RAM diesel offers a max towing capacity of 9,210 pounds and a max payload of 1,600 pounds.

The fuel economy benefits that come with a diesel engine are an important factor for truck shoppers considering these models. The RAM 1500 diesel is able to earn up to 27 miles per gallon on the highways. Ford is targeting an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon on the highways for the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel.

2018 Ford F-150 Diesel red front exterior towing trailer
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel red side exterior
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Power Stroke badge
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel engine close-up