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2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs. 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

The off-road specs comparison you’ve been waiting for.

After a long four-year wait since we saw the first concept, Ram's all-new Raptor rival is finally here. If all the hype is to be believed, Ford's desert-running F-150 Raptor may finally have a proper rival in the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. While the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor both have the credentials to stand on their own, we're going to take a look at how these two alpha dogs of the pickup world stack up against each other.

A quick note: We're well aware that an all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is lurking just over the horizon. And given Ford's propensity to wait out rivals and then make last-minute changes accordingly, we're not surprised the company has yet to release details. We expect the new Raptor to impress in all the right ways, but the 2020 model is what's on sale now so it's what we'll be basing our comparison on.

Also, while Ram is offering the TRX in just one cab configuration, Ford offers the Raptor in both SuperCab and SuperCrew. For the sake of this comparison we're going to focus on the SuperCrew Raptor.

Engine Power & Performance

Powering the new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a potent supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine. Sound familiar? This mill is the same one tucked between the framerails of Dodge's famous Hellcat Charger and Challenger and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (and the coming 2021 Durango). Because of exhaust plumbing differences, the engine churns out 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque (as opposed to the 707- and 710-hp ratings in the Dodge products). Ram claims a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by the company's high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine. This engine has been in the Raptor since 2017 and pumps out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. While the difference in power is a wild 257 hp, the Raptor crew cab jumps from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, as found in our testing. MotorTrend also tested a SuperCab model that ran from naught to 60 in just 5.2 seconds. That's an impressive figure for such a large horsepower discrepancy.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Engine: 6.2L supercharged V-8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Horsepower: 702 @ 6,100 RPM
Torque: 650 @ 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Axle Ratio: 3.55:1
Curb Weight: 6,350 pounds

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Engine: 3.5L EcoBoost V-6
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Horsepower: 450 @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 510 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds (TT testing)
Axle Ratio: 4.10:1
Curb Weight: 5,697 pounds

Chassis & Suspension

For an off-road truck, the chassis, suspension, and tires are arguably more important than what's under the hood. Because what good is gobs of horsepower off-road if you can't deliver it to the ground or get across the terrain? Both the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor utilize a bespoke chassis that is unique from the rest of the product line. Both trucks' chassis are far more rigid than the standard truck frame.

 

They also both tout high-tech, high-performance dampers. Ford's F-150 Raptor utilizes 3.0-inch Fox Racing internal bypass shocks with the company's Live Valve technology. Ram has opted for Bilstein's newest creation, the 2.5-inch Black Hawk e2. The new Blackhawk e2 uses three pistons inside a monotube body along with two electronic proportioning valves to control fluid flow. Both shock brands utilize aluminum bodies for durability and heat dissipation.

Both trucks have a wider track width than their standard counterparts, along with greatly increased wheel travel. The Ram TRX boasts 13 inches of front wheel travel along with 14 inches of rear travel. The 2020 Raptor also has 13 inches of front wheel travel and 13.9 inches of rear travel. Breakover, approach, departure, ground clearance, and tire size are all within a negligible amount of each other, as well.

While Ford offers a Torsen limited-slip front differential for Raptor, the Ram TRX only offers an open front differential. Out back, Ram offers either an open, limited-slip, or electronic locker as rear differential options. From Ford, an electronic locking rear differential is standard.

For tires, Ford offers the Raptor with 315/70R17 BFGoodrich A/T KO2 tires. Ram's TRX will come with 325/65R18 Goodyear Terrain tires. While both sizes are classified as 35-inch tires, the Raptor's BFGs measure out to 34.4 inches tall and 12.4 inches wide. Ram's 325/65R18s measure 34.6 inches tall and 12.8 inches wide. Both brands offer beadlock capable wheels from the factory.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Front Wheel Travel: 13 inches
Rear Wheel Travel: 14 inches
Shocks: 2.5-inch Bilstein Blackhawk e2
Ground Clearance: 11.8 inches
Approach Angle: 30.2 degrees
Breakover Angle: 21.9 degrees
Departure Angle: 23.5 degrees
Tire Size: 325/65R18 (34.6 x 12.8)
Front Differential: Open
Rear Differential: Open (limited-slip and electronic locking dptional)

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Front Wheel Travel: 13 inches
Rear Wheel Travel: 13.9 inches
Shocks: 3.0-inch Fox Racing internal bypass with LiveValve technology
Ground Clearance: 11.5 inches
Approach Angle: 30.2 degrees
Breakover Angle: 21.8 degrees
Departure Angle: 23.0 degrees
Tire Size: 315/70R17 (34.4 x 12.4)
Front Differential: Open (Torsen limited-slip optional)
Rear Differential: Electronic locking

Towing & Payload

Both the Raptor and TRX are certainly best suited to tackling tough desert terrain. However, that doesn't mean that they can't tow some toys or haul a load when duty calls. While both trucks are rated lower than their standard counterparts, the numbers are respectable. Both trucks' soft suspension and higher center of gravity contribute to the towing and hauling figures that are sure to seem low for their respective power outputs.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Towing Capacity: 8,100 pounds
Payload Capacity: 1,310 pounds

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Towing Capacity: 8,000 pounds
Payload Capacity: 1,200 pounds

Interior Dimensions

One thing that anyone who has been in a full-size pickup in the past decade knows is just how enormous the cabs are. We're talking legroom for days and seating for the whole family and their stuff. Both the Raptor and TRX share a common cab with their standard model brethren. However, the interiors have been plussed to enhance the off-road experience.

It's worth noting that while these figures conform to the SAE standard, all are maximum figures. So, front legroom is measured with the seat fully back, and rear legroom is measured with the front seats fully forward.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Front Headroom: 40.9 inches
Front Legroom: 40.9 inches
Front Hip Room: 63.4 inches
Rear Headroom: 39.8 inches
Rear Legroom: 45.2 inches
Rear Hip Room: 63.4 inches

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Front Headroom: 40.8 inches
Front Legroom: 43.9 inches
Front Hip Room: 62.5 inches
Rear Headroom: 40.4 inches
Rear Legroom: 43.6 inches
Rear Hip Room: 64.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

As noted earlier, Ram only offers the TRX in crew cab trim. Ford, on the other hand, offers the 2020 Raptor in both SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations. For the sake of comparison, we're going to exclude the SuperCab Raptor. Really, though, no matter how you slice it, these trucks are huge. The orange marker lights both trucks sport are not for looks, rather they are required by law because the truck's width is greater than 80 inches. They are tall, also, both riding about 2 inches taller than their counterparts.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Wheelbase: 145.1 inches
Front Track Width: 74.5 inches
Rear Track Width: 74.1 inches
Length: 232.9 inches
Width: 88.0 inches
Height: 80.9 inches
Bed Length: 5 feet 7 inches
Bed Volume: 53.9 cubic feet

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Wheelbase: 146.0 inches
Front Track Width: 73.9 inches
Rear Track Width: 73.6 inches
Length: 231.9 inches
Width: 86.3 inches
Height: 78.5 inches
Bed Length: 5 feet 7 inches
Bed Volume: 52.8 cubic feet

Price & Availability

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has more power, newer technology, and a much steeper price tag than the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor. TRX starts at $71,690 (including destination charge) while Raptor starts at just $58,135 and maxes out at about $78,000 (with all available options and packages). A top-tier 2021 TRX Launch Edition will start at $92,010 and climb from there depending on options. As far as availability is concerned, orders are being taken now for the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, and deliveries will start by Christmas, according to Ram. Ford currently has ample 2020 F-150 Raptors on dealer lots, so unless there's a specific package (like the Carbon package, for example) that you're looking for, finding a truck is relatively easy. And last, there's the ugly fact that early Ram TRX trucks will also likely carry a large dealer markup, as we've seen on other halo vehicles such as the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Base Price (Including Destination)
2021 Ram 1500 TRX: $71,690
2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition: $92,010
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab: $55,150
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew: $58,135