2017 Ford F-150 Raptor vs 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
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The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor reemerges as a serious competitor. How does this regular duty truck measure up to the medium duty Ram Power Wagon? While some aspects of ownership are subjective, it is possible to be objective when measuring the two against one another. In this review, let’s take a look at these two four wheelers.
The Raptor offers a new engine, a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. This fuel-saving machine cranks out 450 horsepower. Even better, it delivers 510 lb-ft of torque, which gives you a lot of punch when engaged in the typical low-rev driving needed for trail crawls. Ford trucks are built with military grade aluminum to keep pounds off. The use of the twin-turbo V6 also uses less weight than the typical V 8. This dual-approach weight loss plan really matters when you figure the weight-to-horsepower ratio. The Raptor can do more with every horse under the hood.
So how does the RAM perform? As a medium-duty truck, it features a 410-horsepower V8 that generates 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The Power Wagon is heavier than the Raptor. When you combine more tonnage and less horsepower, the weight-to-horsepower equation is definitely not as good for the RAM.
RAM Power Wagons have a typical six-speed automatic, and while it can sustain low-rev torque, the Raptor is simply geared to do more. The Ford ten-speed transmission offers the most precision gear shifts in the truck world. This class-exclusive automatic transmission recognizes that different conditions call for different responses. Depending on where you are in the power band, the truck knows when to shift and when to hold gears longer. You can choose a Sport mode when driving on pavement to heighten throttle response. This setting also increases steering heft, recognizing that paved roads don’t require the looser calibrations needed for the trail.
Ford has a new four-wheel drive system for the Raptor. In automatic, this four wheeler knows it's on the road. When the driver picks 4High or 4Low, a mechanical lock directs the action. A revised Terrain Management System has more settings than before. These include Baja for desert terrain, Rock Crawl for difficult trails, and Weather for rain or snow. Of course, it also has Mud and Sand settings. The system responds to the driver’s terrain choice by adjusting four-wheel drive modes, engine output, stability controls, and transmission calibration. While Ram Power Wagons do have four-wheel drive and terrain management, these trucks don’t have the special desert setting nor do they have the 10-speed transmission to respond to tricky requests.
The 2017 Ford Raptor is ready to make its case for fun and adventure. Take a test drive one at Lake Keowee Ford near Easley, South Carolina. Our South Carolina Ford dealership is located near Anderson and Greenville near Lake Keowee.