With the turning of the economy people seem to be buying new vehicles. In a few years I’ll probably be needing a new truck. My father and I have both owned Dodge trucks. However when searching for a new truck I thought I would compare the other models that Ford makes against Dodge.
When researching options and prices on Ford’s website, I found that they had ten different models between their base F150 costing $23,955 and their top of the line limited edition F150 costing $53,185 where as the Dodge Ram line of trucks have one fewer models coming in at nine. Dodge’s Base model costs $22,640 and their top of the line long horn edition truck costs $44,325. Overall the Dodge line of trucks are a better quality of truck when compared model for model against Ford for a few obvious reasons.
Dodge ram 1500 full sized trucks have the best in class fuel economy with an estimated seventeen miles per gallon city and twenty five miles per gallon highway with their new v6 engine and eight speed automatic transmission. Ford, however, has more towing capacity with the 325 foot pounds of torque their base line v6 creates. With twelve miles per gallon city and twenty three miles per gallon highway Ford has less fuel economy than the Dodge trucks. Dodge trucks have had a large improvement in 2013 with the addition of the newest 3.6 liter Penstar v6 engine. The motor is tuned to make 305 horsepower and create 269 foot pounds of torque.
Towing capacity has always been one of the biggest categories for competition between truck companies. Ford takes the cake with an impressive 11,700 pounds; whereas the 2013 Dodge truck can haul 10,450 pounds. Hauling capacity is important because if you can’t get the crew and your boat to the lake, how are you going to be able to party?
In 2013 Fords truck lineup has not won any awards however the trucks they make have proven to stand the test of time. The 2013 truck of Texas was awarded to the Dodge Ram 1500 as well as the 2013 North American truck of the year. I feel that Dodge has earned these awards because they took initiative to create a more efficient motor and transmission combination. This year Dodge has also made improvements within the cab by using better quality materials and making it more comfortable by using plush leather and unique real burl walnut wood.
Overall the upgrades keep Ram ahead of the F150 with the new features they have added like the eight speed automatic transmission as well as the state of the art air ride technology suspension along with the new more car-like interior. Chryslers latest unconnected touch interface technologies have created a mobile office within the cab of the Dodge ram 1500. With the mobile Wi-Fi technology you can connect to the web anywhere, as well as on the go. Dodge stands behind their products by offering an unheard of 150,000 mile drivetrain warranty. Ford on the other hand only offers a Five year 100,000 mile warranty.
All of the improvements they have made in 2013 come with a higher standard for trucking. The improved V6 engine and hauling capacity that dodge makes have somewhat reduced the V8 models for now, but boosted the sales of the six cylinder trucks. If I were to go for a test drive today, I wouldn’t go anywhere besides an American made Dodge Ram Dealership.