Video: Ram Power Wagon vs Ford Raptor Rumble: Which is the King of Off-Road Trucks?

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The Ram Power Wagon vs Ford Raptor is an old school rivalry

When you compare a Ram Power Wagon and a Ford Raptor, you will find these two pickup trucks have little in common; however, there’s more to it. It’s kind of like, old school vs. high tech – but the Ford and Ram represent extreme capability. Both trucks have a similar base price, although our test models are several thousand dollars apart.

We have compared them before – but not like this.

We know that comparing the specs of the Ram Power Wagon vs Ford Raptor would reveal two completely different vehicles. Simply put: the Ford Raptor is a serious off-road toy, and the Ram Power Wagon is a serious off-road tool. The Ram is a heavy-duty vehicle, the Ford is a much lighter half-ton. They have a different feel, different capabilities, and (until the TRX hits showrooms) two of the best in their classes.

Ram Power Wagon

The big Ram has a 410 horsepower 6.4-liter V8 that makes 429 lbs-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which was introduced last year. Sporting beefy solid axles front and rear, the Power Wagon comes standard with front and rear lockers. It also has a ton of armor, a standard front winch, and a disconnecting front sway-bar.

Most of the off-road controls in the Power Wagon are simple and effective. It’s like a military machine that can do everything, albeit slower than the Raptor.

Ford Raptor

This 2020 Raptor has a 450 hp 3.5 HO EcoBoost V6 that makes 510 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Raptor has a reinforced frame, a wider stance, and a live-valve 3″ FOX suspension system. Raptors come standard with a rear locker and a front Torsen limited-slip along with the very advanced off-road tech.

While it is happiest in swift Baja-like settings, it can be configured to handle just about anything. Both pickup trucks seem to average between 14 – 15 mpg in real-world driving. So, which truck is the current king? Which one of these two trucks is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

In this video, Andre takes us through the numbers for both trucks. It’s an interesting and informative comparison.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.