Video: Ford Raptor vs Ram TRX – Do We Have the New King of the Hill?

0-60 MPH comparison and a Rev battle!

2021 ford raptor ram trx

The Ford Raptor has been the king of off-road trucks for around a decade. Does the new 2021 Ram TRX take over as the leader from now on? We run real-world 0-60 MPH times on both trucks, run them on pavement and off-road, and do an obligatory rev battle. It’s a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 versus a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. The Ram TRX is significantly heavier than the Raptor. Let’s dog deeper!

2021 Ram TRX vs Ford Raptor

In order to be the king of half-ton off-roaders, a truck must have lots of power. Take a look at the direct comparison below. The TRX blows away the Raptor on raw power, but the Ram also weighs about 653 lbs more than the Ford. The Ram has a smaller available fuel tank, and much worse fuel efficiency ratings.

Ram TRXFord Raptor
Engine6.2L SC V83.5L TT V6
Power702 hp @ 6,100450 hp @ 5,000
Torque650 lb-ft @ 4,800510 lb-ft @ 3,500
Transmission8-speed auto10-speed auto
Curb weight (base)6,350 lbs5,697 lbs
MPG (EPA)10/14/12 15/18/16
Fuel Tank33-gal36-gal
Payload1,310 lbs1,200 lbs
Towing8,100 lbs8,000 lbs
Top Speed118 MPH106 MPH

The TRX has a higher top speed. The tires are a limiting factor when it comes to the top speed rating. Naturally, these trucks have the powertrains to go much faster, but the large off-road tires

How about the off-road specs? The comparison cannot be much closer than it is. The Ram TRX either matches or closely edges out the Raptor in most categories. The Raptor has a better overall crawl ratio of 50:1 for slower rock-crawling capability. However, these trucks do not like going slowly!

Ram TRXFord Raptor
Tires35-inch GoodYear Territory AT/MT35-inch BFGoodrich KO2
Ground Clearance11.8 in11.5 in
ShocksBilstein (Active)FOX (Active)
Travel (F/R)13-inch / 14-inch13-inch / 13.9-inch
Approach30.2 deg30.2 deg
Departure23.5 deg23 deg
Breakover21.9 deg21.8 deg
Rear Diff Ratio3.554.10
Crawl Ratio44:150:1
Rear LockerYesYes
Front LockerBrake DistributionTorsen LSD

Roman and Tommy put the new Ford Raptor and a Ram TRX to an acceleration test near Reno, Nevada (about 4,300 feet above sea level). The 2020 Ford Raptor clocks in the fastest 0-60 MPH time of 7.02 seconds. The new 2021 Ram TRX runs the same stretch at the same location in 5.17 seconds. That is a huge difference.

That’s great, but what about the staring prices?

Ram TRXFord Raptor
Starting price (Crew)$71,690$58,135

Yep, the TRX starting price is $13,555 (U.S.) higher than that of a Ford Raptor crew cab. Is it clear as mud yet? The TRX has the power, suspension, and the technology to rival and beat the Raptor. It is much quicker at 0-60 MPH, and the that V8 sounds glorious. It all comes at a higher price. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

The complete Ram TRX versus Ford Raptor side-by-side video comparison and 0-60 MPH is coming at about 6am EST Oct 23, 2020 on the TFLtruck Youtube channel.