2020 Ram 1500
Features & Specs
2020 Ford F-150
305 horsepower
Engine Power
290 horsepower
Engine Displacement
269 ft-lbs @ 4800 rpm
265 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
6-speed Shiftable Automatic

2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Ford F-150

If you're in the market for a new truck, chances are you're looking for something that will keep up with your busy schedule and workload, but has the added luxury of modern features. With all the available models on the market today, we know how hard it can be to find a pickup truck that's right for you. We're taking a look at the two top models in the segment so you can make an informed decision! Both vehicles are well-equipped and built tough, but only one of them is the superior model. On the left, we have the groundbreaking 2020 Ram 1500, and on the right is the 2020 Ford F-150! Which truck will be the all-American truck of the 2020 model year? Read on and find out!

2020 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

There are four engine variants available for the 1500, but they are independent of trim, so you don't have to spend more for a bigger engine if you want to stick with the base. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that pumps out 305 horsepower and comes with the eTorque mild-hybrid electric-assist system. This system uses a 48-volt battery pack and motor-generator to add torque and adds up to 130 lb-ft of torque. There is a seamless transition from electric to gasoline with engine start/stop technology for improved fuel economy. The next engine comes with two configurations; it's a 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation that can be optioned with the eTorque system. Finally, there is a new 3.0-liter diesel V6 with 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine, it will be mated to a smooth and responsive 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and an unmatched ride quality. Two-wheel-drive is standard, but the 1500 can be optioned with four-wheel-drive.

2020 Ford F-150 Power & Handling

There are six available engines for the F-150, including the base 3.3-liter V6, which is rated with 290 horsepower; unfortunately, it is paired with an outdated six-speed automatic transmission with just 265 lb-ft of torque meaning towing isn't as great as other models. There is also a 10-speed automatic transmission available if you want to spend more money on it. The base engine also doesn't have quite enough power to quickly merge, pass, or blast off from a stop. Every other engine provides more torque, from the 2.7-liter turbo V6 to the 5.0-liter V8. However, these can get pretty pricey since you have to step up the trim ladder to get them. In addition, the turbocharged engine drops the horsepower to 250 while the V8 has poor fuel economy. Other available engines include a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and two 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 depending on the model. Any of these engines offer superior abilities, but they do come at a cost. When it comes to handling, an unladen bed will cause some discomfort as it shakes on uneven pavement.

2020 Ram 1500 Features & Design

When it comes to equipment, the 1500 is well stocked, even in the base Tradesman. The interior offers an enormous and highly configurable center console and available hidden compartment spaces. There is also the optional RamBox locking bins built into the truck bed for even more storage. Standard features include a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, push-button start, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Coil-spring suspension, trailer-sway control, electronic parking brake, and cruise control are also standard. Upper-level models come with features like power-folding trailer-tow side mirrors, a dual-pane moonroof, deployable side steps, and power release damped tailgate. There is also a 7.0-inch thin-film transistor display and a top-level Uconnect system on an 8.4-inch or 12-inch touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Regardless of the trim, the controls are easy to use and reconfigure. The new layout even offers a flat rear floor for more foot and legroom.

2020 Ford F-150 Features & Design

The entry-level XL trim is pretty barebones compared to the competition, although it does have the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot across all models. Other standard features include a four-speaker stereo, vinyl flooring, trailer connections/sway control, and manual mirrors and windows.For an additional price, you can option the XL with the 101A package for things like Bluetooth and USB. Moving up the trim ladder, there are plenty of appealing features, including luxury heated leather seats and cooled and massaging front seats. There is also Sync 3, Bang & Olufsen Play or Sony audio systems, and a variety of trailer assist and safety features. Overall, the F-150 has a few compromises, and it's clear that there hasn't been a lot of updates since the F-150 was released in 2014. The interior design features the center console-mounted shifter rather than the steering wheel, which takes up a lot of space.


Whether you're looking for a capable and rugged truck that can keep up with your heavy workload or a pickup with a modern twist, the 2020 Ram 1500 dominates the competition! The 1500 comes with state-of-the-art, class-exclusive advanced features and several powerful engine options that the F-150 couldn't match. Furthermore, the base Ram 1500 Tradesman was well equipped while the F-150 was barebones! Our full review has even more information about the 2020 Ram 1500 or stop on by the dealership and speak with one of our sales representatives! We'd be happy to take you out on a test drive and tell you more about this groundbreaking pickup truck!

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