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Ram 1500 vs. Ford F-150

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ram 1500

$656
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford F-150

$779
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ram 1500 Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 2nd out of 17 for fullsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $656 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the 1500.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford F-150 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 17 for fullsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $779 which means it has higher than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$656
inexpensive
expensive
$779
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.28
not often
very often
0.36
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(0)
4
(1)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Ram 1500 ranks highest in value and ranks lowest in fuel economy.
“Overall awesome truck. Hopefully the last one I'll ever own in my lifetime. I only drive it about 5K Miles a year and only 28K miles after 5 years of ownership. Multiple FCA Recalls for the U Co...”
“Overall awesome truck. Hopefully the last one I'll ever own in my lifetime. I only drive it abo...”
5
(16)
4
(57)
3
(27)
2
(3)
1
(3)
The Ford F-150 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Great service. Employees are very kind and helpful. I would absolutely recommend. ”
“Great service. Employees are very kind and helpful. I would absolutely recommend. ”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 both sit atop the half-ton pickup truck sales standings. The F-150 has retained the top spot since 1977, but the Ram has held its own, occasionally climbing out of its traditional third-place spot to beat out the Chevy Silverado for second.

The Ram 1500 offers all of the traditional strengths that you might want when shopping for a pickup. It has a variety of powerful engines, the choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and a huge number of trim levels from work-truck simple to lavish luxury. It has also had something unique to a pickup truck: big-rig styling that tells you that the Ram is serious about performing its truck-related duties. 

The Ford F-150 is both the sales leader and the trailblazer when it comes to pickup truck innovation. It has boldly adopted turbocharged V6 engines for improved fuel economy without power loss, and has completely switched to all-aluminum body construction to reduce overall weight. The F-150 also offers numerous configurations, a variety of power options and drive systems, and all the luxury and technology you care to add.

These are both top-shelf pickup trucks. The Ram 1500 does a little better than the Ford F-150 in terms of reliability ratings and average annual cost of repair. But we suggest that you take a close look at both, and see which one best addresses your needs.

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