2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ram 1500 Comparison

Erin Riches-Wong | Apr 08, 2022

The Ford F-Series and Ram 1500 are the No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling models in America. Commercial sales pump up the annual totals, but retail consumers buy plenty of Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

And what's not to love about these large light-duty pickups? The 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ram 1500 come in so many configurations that you can have a truck built almost exactly to your tastes. Both full-size trucks offer a lineup of engines that can accommodate medium-sized trailers.

If you're shopping for a large pickup, you'll undoubtedly want to look at Ram and Ford. This 2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ram 1500 comparison will help with your research.

Price and Value

2022 Ford F-150 Red Front Quarter View

2022 Ford F-150

Consumers shopping for a 2022 Ford F-150 will find that it ranges in price from $29,990 to $75,835, not including the $1,695 destination charge. The all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning ranges from $52,974 to $90,874, not including the $1,695 destination charge or federal and state rebates. (The $39,974 F-150 Lightning Pro model is only for commercial customers. And, unless you were among the early hand-raisers, you'll have to wait until the 2023 model year to order an electric F-150.)

Ford F-150 trim levels include the XL, XLT, Lariat, Tremor, King Ranch, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited. The F-150 Raptor is well known as an elite off-road truck, but if you don't need all its capabilities, the less expensive Tremor likes dirt, too. The Tremor and Raptor have standard 4-wheel drive (4WD), while other F-150s give you a choice between 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4WD (or 4x4). The battery-electric F-150 Lightning is also 4WD only; it comes in XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trim.

Ford offers a full range of cab styles on the 2022 F-150, along with three bed lengths ranging from 5.5 to 8 feet. Regular cabs have a single row of seating. Extended cabs, known as SuperCabs in the Ford lineup, have rear seats and conventional rear doors. Families will prefer the crew cab, also called the Ford F-150 SuperCrew, which has ample room for adults and rear-facing car seats in the back.

The 2022 Ford F-150 has a wide range of V6 and V8 engines. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8 offer the best bang for the buck. Still, Ford's PowerBoost hybrid powertrain is worth considering if you're focused on lifetime fuel economy or looking to use your truck as a portable generator via the Pro Power Onboard option. The F-150 Lightning might also be appealing since Ford has partnered with Sunrun to give owners the option of installing home solar panels when they buy the truck. Ford has discontinued the diesel engine option on the F-150.

You get basic connected services on the 2022 F-150, including remote engine starting and door locking via the FordPass app. At present, these services are entirely free. The Wi-Fi has a 3-month free trial period, after which you have to subscribe to keep using it. Ford does not provide complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The 2022 Ram 1500 ranges from $35,900 to $76,880, not including the $1,795 destination charge. Note that we're talking about the current-generation Ram 1500 pickup that debuted for the 2019 model year. Ram continues to sell its previous-generation full-size truck as the Ram 1500 Classic.

Ram 1500 trim levels include Tradesman, Tradesman HFE (High Fuel Efficiency), Big Horn (called the Lone Star in Texas), Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, Limited, and TRX. The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX is a high-end off-road truck built to battle Ford's F-150 Raptor. It has a standard V8, whereas the V8-powered Raptor R won't show up until Fall 2022. Note that the TRX is exclusively 4x4, while the Tradesman HFE is 4x2 only. Other 2022 Ram 1500s come with either 2WD or 4WD.

There's no regular-cab Ram 1500, so you'll decide between the extended cab (Quad Cab) and crew cab. Quad Cabs have a 6-foot-4-inch cargo bed, while Ram 1500 crew cabs are available with that bed or a 5-foot-7-inch short bed.

Ram offers gasoline-fueled V6 and V8 engines, along with a diesel V6. The gas V8 is the best overall value and has the highest tow ratings. The diesel returns the best fuel economy but costs significantly more.

Every 2022 Ram 1500 pickup comes with a 12-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Guardian connected services. These include the same remote access features as the Ford, plus automatic collision notification and rapid access to roadside assistance. The Wi-Fi hotspot has a 3-month trial period.

All Ram 1500s, except the Tradesman trims, are eligible for the Ram Care maintenance program, which provides complimentary oil changes and tire rotations for the first two years of ownership.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Reliability and Quality

2022 Ram 1500 Limited Silver Front Quarter View

2022 Ram 1500 Limited

The Ford F-150 ranks third among Large Light Duty Pickups in the J.D. Power 2022 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). It does not rank among the top three Large Light Duty Pickups in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 Ford F-150 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system & EV component warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles

The Ram 1500 does not rank among the top three Large Light Duty Pickups in the 2022 VDS. It ranks second among Large Light Duty Pickups in the 2021 IQS. The 2022 Ram 1500 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles (5 years or 100,000 miles with diesel engine)
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles (5 years or 100,000 miles with diesel engine)

Advantage: Ford F-150

Performance and Efficiency

2022 Ford F-150 Interior Dashboard

2022 Ford F-150

The 2022 Ford F-150 has powertrains aplenty. There are three gasoline-fueled V6 engines (two of them turbocharged), a hybrid V6 with an electric motor built into its transmission, and a gasoline V8. The battery-electric F-150 Lightning has dual electric motors, and the truck is available with a standard- or extended-range battery pack.

Output ranges from 290 to 430 horsepower and 265 to 570 pound-feet of torque among the conventional engines. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, including with the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid V6. Four-wheel-drive Ford F-150s offer selectable terrain modes.

The hybrid Ford F-150 leads in fuel economy with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings of 23-25 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Other 2022 F-150s rate 15-22 mpg, depending on the configuration. Remember that the EPA bases its ratings on each trim level's standard rear axle ratio (final drive ratio). Trucks outfitted for towing usually have a shorter (numerically higher) axle ratio that reduces efficiency but enhances pulling power. Likewise, the F-150 Tremor and Raptor return lower mpg due to their raised suspensions and all-terrain tires.

On the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, output ranges from 426 to 563 hp, while torque is 775 pound-feet on all versions. Ford estimates the Lightning will provide 230 to 320 miles of range, depending on the trim and battery pack you select. The automaker will offer three different onboard chargers, and you can expect 8 to 14 hours of charging time at 240 volts (or less at a DC fast charger).

Consumers shopping for a 2022 Ram 1500 have three main engine choices: a gasoline V6 with Ram's eTorque mild-hybrid technology; a naturally aspirated gasoline V8 that comes with or without the eTorque system; and a turbocharged diesel V6. The Ram 1500 TRX model alone has a supercharged V8. The eTorque system includes regenerative braking and automatic engine stop/start. Unless you find these interventions bothersome, eTorque is worthwhile; Ram doesn't charge extra for it, and it increases combined fuel economy by 2-3 mpg.

Ram's regular-strength engines range from 260 to 395 hp and 271 to 480 pound-feet of torque. The TRX's supercharged V8 pumps out 702 hp and 650 pound-feet. Ram uses 8-speed automatic transmissions throughout the 1500 lineup. Four-wheel-drive Ram 1500s come with either a part-time system or an upgraded version with an automatic 4WD mode. The TRX alone has a full-time 4WD system, along with heavily modified suspension and all-terrain tires.

Diesel Ram 1500s have the highest EPA combined fuel-economy ratings at 24-26 mpg. Gasoline-engine Ram 1500s rate 17-23 mpg. Unsurprisingly, the TRX is an outlier with its 12-mpg-combined rating. Remember that the EPA rates trucks with the base axle ratio and all-season tires, so your mileage will vary if you opt for different rear gears or tires.

Advantage: Neither

The diesel Ram 1500 leads in fuel economy, but consumers will find more value in Ford's EcoBoost V6 and Ram's 5.7-liter V8. If you're ready to transition to an electric truck, only Ford has one right now.

Tow Ratings and Trailering Equipment

Anyone planning to tow with the 2022 Ford F-150 SuperCrew will do well with either the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 or the 5.0-liter V8. Properly equipped F-150s have tow ratings of up to 14,000 pounds (turbo V6) and 13,000 pounds (V8) and payload capacities of just under 3,000 pounds—an important consideration when you're packing up for an adventure.

The hybrid Ford F-150 has a 12,700-pound tow rating but lower payload limits. Ford says the F-150 Lightning will have a 10,000-pound tow rating, though its payload ratings will be the lowest of the F-150 line due to its hefty curb weight.

The 5.7-liter V8 is the best engine for towing with the 2022 Ram 1500 crew cab. Properly equipped V8 trucks can tow up to 11,520 pounds. Diesel crew cabs top out at 9,800 pounds. Most Ram crew cabs have payload ratings of under 2,000 pounds, so you'll need to be more cautious when loading up for a long trip.

Both Ford and Ram offer an integrated trailer brake controller as factory equipment, rear camera angles specific to hooking up a trailer, and an autonomous steering function that simplifies the task of backing up with a trailer.

Ford offers additional optional towing technology, including an onboard scales feature to help you determine if you're exceeding your truck's payload rating and a smart hitch feature that measures tongue weight to help you distribute trailer weight.

Ram, meanwhile, offers an optional air suspension, allowing you to lower the 1500's ride height to ease the process of connecting your trailer. In addition, there's an optional trailer light check feature as well as an available light on the trailer hitch itself.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Safety and Driving Assistance

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Edition Interior Dashboard

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Edition

If you're looking for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), the 2022 Ford F-150 has plenty. All 2022 F-150s come standard with Ford's Co-Pilot 360 ADAS package, including forward-collision warning (FCW) with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Blind-spot warning (BSW) with rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning (LDW), and lane-keeping assistance (LKA) are optional.

Higher trims offer Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance in the form of a traffic jam assist (TJA) with adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability, lane-centering assistance, evasive steering assistance (ESA), and intersection turn assistance (ITA). Also available is Ford's BlueCruise, which provides hands-free Level 2+ driving assistance on certain divided highways in the United States and Canada.

The Ford F-150 has the highest possible 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2022 F-150 a Top Safety Pick.

All 2022 Ram 1500s offer BSW with rear cross-traffic warning as an option. Most Ram pickups are eligible for FCW with AEB, LDW, and LKA. Further up the line, you'll have access to ACC with stop-and-go capability.

The Ram 1500 has a 5-star overall NHTSA safety rating (4 stars for frontal-crash protection), and it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick. In addition, the Ram 1500 ranks highest in the Convenience category of the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Study among mass-market models based on the effectiveness of its available rear camera mirror (which Ram calls a digital rearview mirror).

Advantage: Ford F-150

Infotainment and Technology

2022 Ford F-150 Silver Rear Quarter View

2022 Ford F-150

The 2022 Ford F-150 uses the automaker's latest Sync 4 infotainment interface, capable of over-the-air (OTA) updates. The lower trims have an 8-inch touchscreen display and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The higher trims upgrade to a 12-inch touchscreen display (looks like a tablet in portrait mode) and include a factory navigation system. Some trims have a wireless phone charging pad.

Entry-level versions of the 2022 Ram 1500 have a basic 5-inch touchscreen audio interface with Bluetooth but no smartphone integration. However, all trims except the Tradesman HFE can upgrade to Ram's newest UConnect 5 infotainment platform, allowing wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and OTA updates. Most Ram 1500s with UConnect 5 have an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, but a 12-inch display is available, too. A wireless charging pad is optional.

Advantage: Neither

Sync 4 and UConnect 5 have far more processing power than the platforms they replace. You'll likely be happy with either system.

Comfort and Utility

2022 Ram 1500 Limited Red Rear Quarter View

2022 Ram 1500 Limited

You can expect to be comfortable in either of these full-size trucks, especially at the higher trim levels. Ram and Ford source their seats from the same supplier, and they rank first and second, respectively, in the Mass Market Truck/Van category of the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study.

If you'll be using your truck as a mobile office, the 2022 Ford F-150 offers the Work Surface option, which allows you to power-fold the transmission lever flat with the console to deploy a table from the center armrest. It's not quite as ergonomic as sitting at an actual desk, but you'll be able to use a medium-size laptop.

Meanwhile, the interior of the 2022 Ram 1500 is downright sumptuous, especially on the higher trims. Besides that, the 1500 was the first light-duty large pickup to employ a coil-spring rear suspension, and it has an advantage in ride comfort over the F-150.

Most crew-cab buyers select a short bed for the sake of maneuverability. The F-150 has 52.8 cubic feet of cargo-bed capacity in this configuration versus 53.9 cubic feet on the Ram 1500.

Advantage: Ram 1500

Learn More About the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500

If you'd like to learn more about these large light-duty pickups, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 Ford F-150 and the 2022 Ram 1500. Check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners to find out how people like you rate models in this segment.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on April 7, 2022, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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