The Ford F350 Super Duty and the Dodge Ram 3500 are two of the best, most powerful and versatile heavy-duty trucks on the market today. The strength, capability, durability, technology, performance and creature comforts both these vehicles possess make either of them a good choice. Let's compare them side-by-side and see which truck is better suited for your needs and offers greater value for your money.
The exterior of the Ford F-350 Super Duty looks powerful yet very attractive. It has chrome and steel front and rear bumpers, black lower air dam two-bar bright chrome high airflow barred grille, rectangular quad dual-beam Halogen auto high-beam headlamps, two black tow hooks, black door handles, manual telescoping, folding trailer tow mirrors with power heated glass, convex heated spotter mirror with integrated clearance lamps and turn signals, power-locking tailgate, a pickup box with tie-down hooks, BoxLink™ and 17, 18 or 20-inch steel wheels all standard equipment.
Exterior features are bold black front grille with chrome surrounds, chrome bumpers, stylish LED headlamps, black folding convex side-view mirrors, manually-extendable trailer-mirrors, black door handles, aerodynamic and aesthetically-pleasing, body lines make the RAM look less intimidating. Stylized galvanized steel and aluminum body, power retractable chrome running boards, power-operated tailgate, rear-step bumper and trailer hitch with a Class V trailering harness hint at its utility and versatility. Add 18-inch Silver styled steel wheels and segment leading ground clearance and the RAM 3500 looks solid, mean and ready to work in the toughest conditions.
The Ford F-350 has a comfortable, technology-rich cabin that's an ideal office/control center. It has keyless entry, is spacious, comfortable and has the driver-assistance, communications and infotainment technology you need. Keyless start, a 4.2-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, in-car Wi-Fi, voice command, navigation, wireless charging, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, premium 4, 5, or 10 speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, AM/FM satellite radio and HD radio are key features. Roomy vinyl, cloth or leather heated and ventilated front and rear seat hold 3 to 6 people with ease. There's available 10-way, power-adjustable driver's seat, 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat and 60/40-split-folding second row seats.
The cabin of the RAM 3500 is the lavish, admired benchmark to which other pickup truck interiors are compared. Its has keyless start, a 5.0, 8.4, or 12.4 inch touchscreen, Uconnect with Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay smart device integration, SiriusXM, Satellite radio, 4-speaker sound system, voice-activated radio, day-night rearview mirror, two 12-volt DC power outlets, 5 USB ports and manual air conditioning. Plus, there's a tilting steering wheel with cruise control buttons, 4-way adjustable reclining driver and passenger seats, 40-20-40 split-bench front seat, center armrest with storage and chrome or metal-look interior accents. But, though the cabin is more comfortable, the F-350's is larger.
The engine and transmission are very important elements on a heavy-duty truck. The Ford F-350 Super Duty gives buyers an option to choose from 3 engines. A 6.2 liter, 385-horsepower V8 gasoline engine that produces 430 pound-feet of torque, a 6.7 liter, 475-horsepower power-stroke turbo diesel engine with an outstanding 1,050 pound-feet of torque and a 7.3 liter, 430-horsepower V8 gasoline engine that delivers 475 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine work in tandem with a TorqShift® G 6-speed Automatic SelectShift transmission and the the diesel is mated to a TorqShift® 10-speed automatic SelectShift transmission with Selectable Drive Modes
The RAM 3500 has several engine options. A Hemi V8, 6.4 liter, 410-horsepower gasoline engine that produces 429 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 6.7 liter, 370-horsepower, I-6 intercooled turbo diesel engine produces 850 pound-feet of torque and is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A high output Cummings turbo diesel intercooled 400-horsepower, 6.7 liter I-6 engine working with a 6-speed automatic transmission to produce 1,075 pound-feet of torque is another option.
The Ford F350 has exceptional towing and payload capacity. The base model gas powered F-350 has a maximum payload capacity of 7,640 pounds. Its diesel engine has a maximum towing capacity of 35,000 pounds. Add the available dual-rear-wheel axle to the turbo-diesel and its towing capacity increases to 35,750. Lower trims with a 6.2-liter 385-horsepower engine have a 16,700 maximum tow weight rating with conventionally loaded trailers and fifth-wheel and gooseneck towing. Add the Power Stroke V8 475-horsepower turbocharged engine and the F-350s maximum loaded trailer tow weight rating is 21,200
pounds. Plus, its maximum fifth-wheel and gooseneck tow rating becomes 35,750 pounds.
The RAM 3500 towing and payload capacity is impressive. When powered by a 6.4 liter V8 Hemi gas engine, it's maximum payload capacity of 7,680 pounds. Use its available high output Cummings 6.7 liter turbo diesel engine, factory-installed rear-axle structural crossmember with available Fifth-Wheel and Gooseneck Prep Package and maximum towing capacity increases to an astounding 35,100 pounds. The 3500's new optional 6-cylinder diesel engine provides a towing capacity of 14,990 pounds and a 4,663 payload maximum.
The Ford F-350 Heavy Duty and RAM 3500 are two very versatile, capable trucks. They can haul and tow heavy loads, do tough jobs and help people enjoy off-roading, camping and just have fun. Few trucks its size are as well-rounded as the Ford F350 Heavy Duty or have as many easy-to-use tech features, driver assistance and safety aids. But, it is noisy and wanders a bit on the freeway. The RAM 3500 has good ride quality, excellent towing and hauling and great diesel and gas engines, is quiet and comfortable, but has less rear seat room than the F-350. The RAM 3500 wins with its towing technology and ground clearance. It costs more than the Ford, but the F-350 is the top-selling Super Duty Truck. Stop by Tim's Truck for a test drive and decide which truck is best suited for your needs.