2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs. Ford F-150 Raptor: Off-road apex predators compared – Roadshow

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is able to let the Baja-blasting start.


We’re unsure why it is taken so lengthy, however now that the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has lastly debuted, the desert-running, jump-leaping Ford F-150 Raptor lastly has a correct off-road foe. And since Ram is aware of easy methods to put up fairly a struggle within the full-size pickup wars, you possibly can wager its Raptor fighter will come out of the gate swinging.

It is solely honest to notice that there is a brand-new Ford F-150 Raptor in the works primarily based on the brand new 2021 Ford F-150, and we count on it to pack an entire lot of latest know-how with out sacrificing something when it comes to efficiency. However because the 2020 Raptor is what’s on sale now, that is what we’ll use as a comparability.

You may learn our debut report covering all the details of Ram’s new TRX. Right here, we’ll check out how this new high-speed off-roader stacks as much as the Raptor when it comes to efficiency, off-road specs, inside and exterior dimensions and correct truck stuff like towing and payload. We have additionally obtained preliminary pricing data for the Ram, so we’ll see how that compares, as nicely.

Engine and efficiency

Neither of those full-size brutes is what we would name gradual, however due to its Hellcat engine, the Ram actually eats the Ford’s lunch when it comes to efficiency. Fiat-Chrysler’s supercharged Hellcat engine is what’s used within the TRX, and the result’s greater than 700 horsepower. Holy smokes.

However even with its massive energy discrepancy, the F-150 Raptor is hardly a slouch. It could be down by about 250 hp, however the Raptor is barely about half a second slower than the Ram within the 0-to-60-mph sprint.


2021 Ram 1500 TRX 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Engine 6.2-liter supercharged V8 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6
Energy 702 hp 450 hp
Torque 650 lb-ft 510 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed auto 10-speed auto
0-60 mph 4.5 seconds 5.1 seconds (est.)

Off-road geometry

With vans like these, off-road specs are as essential as what’s underneath the hood. It does not matter what engine you have obtained if you cannot rise up and over what’s in your manner. And whereas Ram may need an enormous benefit when it comes to outright energy, with regards to the suspension geometry, these two vans are neck and neck.

Off-Highway Specs

2021 Ram 1500 TRX 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Floor clearance 11.Eight in 11.5 in
Method angle 30.2 deg 30.2 deg
Breakover angle 21.9 deg 21.Eight deg
Departure angle 23.5 deg 23.Zero deg
Tire specs 325/65R18 315/70R17
Tire dimension 35 in 34 in

Exterior dimensions

Ram solely provides the 1500 TRX in its bigger Crew Cab physique model, however Ford provides the F-150 in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. For the sake of this comparability, we’ll see how the Ram Crew Cab matches up with the Ford SuperCrew — apples to apples and all that.

There is not any different solution to say it: Each of those vans are large. One of many hardest issues about utilizing the F-150 Raptor is its sheer dimension — parking spots are usually not precisely its good friend — and the Ram 1500 TRX ought to be extra of the identical. Good factor the desert is all about vast open areas.

Exterior Dimensions

2021 Ram 1500 TRX 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Wheelbase 145.1 in 146.Zero in
Size 232.9 in 231.9 in
Width 88.Zero in 86.Three in
Peak 80.9 in 78.5 in
Curb weight NA 5,679 kilos

Inside dimensions

One profit to the big dimension of those vans is that there is plentiful inside area. We’re speaking full-size sedan ranges of legroom with spectacular headroom to match. We’ll throw cargo area into this dialogue, too (the realm of the mattress). Throughout the board, the Ram and Ford are mighty comparable.

Inside Dimensions

2021 Ram 1500 TRX 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Entrance headroom 40.9 in 40.Eight in
Rear headroom 39.Eight in 40.Four in
Entrance legroom 40.9 in 43.9 in
Rear legroom 45.2 in 43.6 in
Cargo quantity 53.9 cu-ft 52.Eight cu-ft

Towing and payload

These pickups are undoubtedly greatest suited to off-road playtime, however that does not imply they offer up something in the best way of correct truck prowess. Each Ford and Ram provide numerous functionality right here, which means you possibly can head out for any form of journey and take a small camper or boat with you.

Towing and Payload

2021 Ram 1500 TRX 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Payload capability 1,310 kilos 1,200 kilos
Towing capability 8,100 kilos 8,000 kilos

Infotainment know-how

Given the F-150 Raptor’s relative age to the brand new Ram TRX, it is sensible that the in-truck tech is not fairly nearly as good. Ford’s obtained an entire bunch of latest multimedia tech in retailer for the 2021 F-150, and we count on that to hold over to the Raptor, as nicely. Within the meantime, the Raptor makes do with Ford’s Sync Three multimedia system on an 8-inch touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot all customary.

The 1500 TRX comes customary with Ram’s Uconnect interface on a 12-inch, portrait-oriented display screen, which might have one utility exhibiting throughout the whole show, or could be cut up in two to run two apps on the identical time. Just like the Raptor, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot are included, and total, we have had nothing however good issues to say about this Uconnect setup in different Ram 1500 fashions.

Pricing and availability

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has extra energy and higher tech, however consumers will definitely pay for the privilege. The Ram will begin at $71,690, together with $1,695 for vacation spot, and the Launch Version — of which solely 702 can be made — is available in at a staggering $92,010, once more together with vacation spot. Granted, that is a completely loaded TRX, however yowza. The Ford F-150 Raptor begins at $55,150 for a SuperCab mannequin, however a SuperCrew that extra straight competes with the TRX begins at $58,135, together with vacation spot.


Worth (incl. vacation spot)
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab $55,150
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew $58,135
2021 Ram 1500 TRX $71,690
2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Version $92,010

General, the Ram definitely has the higher hand in quite a lot of methods, however keep in mind, there is a new Raptor coming within the not-too-distant future. Let the pickup wars proceed.

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