When a standard full-size pickup is not up to the task at hand, you need a heavy-duty truck, and no HD pickup is more popular with consumers and critics than the Ram 2500. The 2021 Ram 2500 is now available at Puente Hills Ram and improves over the previous models with more amenities and tech in addition to increased tow ratings, including a maximum tow rating of 37,000 pounds! A top competitor to the new Ram 2500 is the 2021 Ford Super Duty. It arrives with few changes over the previous model but is still quite capable and a popular option in this segment. Let us determine how these two powerful pickups measure up by comparing the 2021 Ram 2500 vs 2021 Ford Super Duty across four categories.
Exterior - Ram Dealer serving West Covina CA
Both companies offer three cab options: a two-door regular cab, a four-door extended cab and a four-door crew cab. Each brand has special naming for its cabs, but we will stick to the generic terms here in order to avoid confusion. The Ram 2500 with the regular cab has an 8-foot bed. The extended cab gives you the choice of an 8-foot or 6-foot-4-inch bed, and the biggest cab comes only with the smaller bed. Options are the same with the 2021 Ford Super Duty except with two notable differences: the smaller bed is a bit shorter at 6 feet ¾ inches, and the crew cab can be paired with the long bed.
One of the ways that Ram distinguishes its pickups is with cabin design. The build quality and sheer scope of amenities and technologies is unparalleled. As Car and Driver magazine puts it, the Ram 2500 has the “best interior” in the class with “luxury-car-level detailing” and “extreme comfort.” Of course, spaciousness is a factor as well, and both trucks are similar on this front. The regular cabs can seat either two or three and the extended and crew cabs either five or six depending on your seating choice. In all cases, the front row affords about 40 inches of headroom and more than 40 inches of legroom. Both crew cabs offer more than 43 inches of rear legroom. If, however, you are considering an extended cab, note that the Ram has a significant advantage over the Ford offering almost seven additional inches.
Ram 2500 Mechanical specs
Performance is understandably a focal point of any 2021 Ram 2500 vs 2021 Ford Super Duty comparison. After all, you are choosing an HD pickup because you need those more powerful capabilities. Our dealership near West Covina offers two powertrain options for the Ram 2500—gas and diesel—and both are available with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The gas powertrain pairs an eight-speed automatic transmission with a 6.4-liter V8 HEMI that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. The diesel powertrain pairs a six-speed automatic with 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 that makes 370 hp and 850 lb.-ft. The base powertrain in the 2021 Ford Super Duty features a six-speed automatic and a 385-hp V8. A 430-hp with a 10-speed automatic is optional as is 475-hp engine. Both models can tow up to 37,000 with the right configuration and equipment, but when you compare the basic truck that the average consumer is likely to purchase, the Ram wins out with a max towing capacity of 16,790 pounds.
Tech - 2021 Ram 2500 dealer
The base Ram 2500 features a 5-inch touchscreen, 3.5-inch driver information display, dual USB ports, Bluetooth capabilities and dual USB port. Standard driver assistance technologies include a rearview camera, hill start assist and trailer sway damping. An available Safety Group adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and a digital rearview mirror. The Ford has 4.2-inch central screen and just a single USB port. In addition, outside of a rearview camera, the base model has no driver assists. You will need to step up to at least the XLT for them.
If you live in or near West Covina, we encourage you to visit Puente Hills Ram for a test-drive. You can also schedule your 2021 Ram 2500 test-drive online. Feel free to call us or contact us online for quotes and additional details, and if you want to purchase or lease your Ram 2500, visit our website. You can compare trims and options, apply for financing preapproval and much more!