2021 Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram 1500 TRX | What’s The Best?

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 03/16/21 •  3 min read

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor expected in the summer, and the 2021 Ram TRX are two five-seating full-sized pickup trucks. They are big in the market for being highly capable, fast, and powerful. In this article, we will do a comparison of the abilities of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 TRX.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram 1500 TRX

 Engine and Performance
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Ram 1500 TRX: Beyond the Huge Power Gap | via Motortrend

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor showcases a slightly upgraded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. 430hp and 570lb-ft of torque are produced, and power is transferred through Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

As standard procedure, the power is sent to all four wheels. In comparison, the 2021 Ram TRX uses the same 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8. It eats up the Raptor with 702hp and 650lb-ft of torque, while being connected to Ram’s 8-speed automatic. 0 to 60 times are 4.5 seconds for the TRX and around 5 seconds for the Raptor. The Raptor R is said to be on its way and it is supposed to have a 760hp V8 and will hit 60mph in less than 4 seconds.

Interior Quality and Technology

The 2021 Raptor and the 2021 TRX Ram compare fairly well here, being loaded with quirks such as LED lighting, heated and cooled seats. They also have plush interiors based on how rugged they are.

There are many softwares and features helping the Ford Raptor and the Ram TRX conquer the obstacles thrown in front of them. 

They both have different drive assists giving precise instructions to the suspension, powertrain, and other components. Low-speed crawl and hill-descent control, huge touchscreen displays and more attributes allow the trucks to be set to different circumstances.

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The 2021 Raptor also features “Trail One-Pedal driving”, that leaves both driving and stopping both to the throttle. 

Space and Payload 
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The 2021 Raptor and the 2021 TRX offer a lot of space. The front seating is extremely spacious and holds on well to the occupants. However, the 2021 Ram offers more reclining in comparison to the Raptor, to enhance comfort on long journeys. 

While the Raptor is lower on power, it compares better with 8200 and 1400lbs of towing and payload capacity, respectively. The Ram 1500 can manage up to 8100lbs for towing and 1310lbs for payload; these figures are lower than the ones for the standard Ram trucks.

Safety and Fuel Economy

Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, are offered on both the trucks.

The EPA rating for the TRX is about 10mpg city and 14mpg highway. Those figures are worse than the 2021 Raptor, which is rated at 16mpg city and 22 highway.

Price and Warranty

There is a lot of difference in this comparison. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX starts being priced from $71,690, while the F-150 is estimated to start at $59,000.

The 2021 Raptor and the 2021 TRX have similar warranties, with the Limited warranty covering three years or 36,000 miles, and the Powertrain warranty covering five years or 60,000 miles. 

Verdict

The winner of this comparison seems to be the Ford F-150 Raptor. It costs way less, can tow more, and it is almost as quick. It also offers more tech as standard, consumes less fuel, and is more futuristic compared to the 2021 Ram TRX, which is brilliant in its own right. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.