Both of these trucks are eye-wateringly expensive, capable and packed with tech; but which one is better?
Honestly, we all cringe when we see a monstrous $71,000 price tag on any truck. The worst part is, that’s not even the top-of-the-line price level for half-ton pickup trucks. We’ve seen prices that are well over $80,000. Hell, certain “special” pickup trucks in this class can soar well over $100K (cough, cough TRX…).
The new Ford F-150 Hybrid Platinum and this eTorque-equipped Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn both have a hybrid system (of sorts, in the Ram’s case). Still, the Ram has a burly Hemi V8, and the mild hybrid system offers up extra torque in short bursts and more seamless stop-start capability to improve fuel mileage. The Ford F-150 has a conventional gas-electric hybrid system, and a ton of tech to boot. It’s a setup that can give the truck the ability to be a serious mobile power source, while backing up the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with more power and torque.
Given the fact that these two trucks represent the absolute pinnacle of tech for these truck-makers, it’s surprising to see such a lopsided result.
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition
We’re all very fond of the 395 horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 410 lb-ft of torque. In our experience, it’s a proven engine that has great grunt and an amazing sound. It’s hooked up to an eight speed automatic transmission, and because of its 3.21 rear end, it has a max towing weight of 7,800 pounds. Keep in mind, when properly equipped, the Ram 1500 can tow up to 11,610 pounds.
It is still the most comfortable in this class, especially if you opt for the Laramie Longhorn. It has acres of fine leather, beautiful woods and lots of smart touches. The seats are some of the best in class, and the driving comfort is remarkable, especially for a half-ton pickup. Despite the looks and the comfort, though, the Ram gets clobbered in almost every other way.
Ford F-150 Platinum PowerBoost 4×4
Sporting a sandwiched 44 horsepower, 221 lb-ft torque electric motor between the gas engine and transmission, the F-150 Hybrid’s numbers are beastly. The electrified 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 manages a total output of 430 horses and 570 lb-ft of torque. This truck has a 3.73 rear end and it has the capacity to pull up to 11,000 pounds.
Power, torque, capability, utility and efficiency clearly go to the Ford. It’s a hard combo to beat, but we’re going to try our best none the less. Check out this video and see what Roman and Andre do with these $71,000 trucks!