When you pit the 2018 Ford F-350 against the Ram 3500, which heavy-duty truck comes out on top? The answer to this question might surprise you. Before you start shopping for a heavy-duty truck that tows and hauls gargantuan loads, give our comparison guide a spin.
Most Upscale Cabin: 2018 Ram 3500
Ram trucks are known for their best-in-class cabins, which dish out as much luxury as you're willing to buy. Inside every trim model, you'll find solid construction and high-quality materials. As you climb the trim levels, you'll find increasing luxury, with feature like rich leather upholstery and stylish wood trim. If you're looking for extra passenger space, check out the class-exclusive four-door jumbo crew cab, known as the Mega Cab.
As far as cabin options go, the F-350 offers the usual options: regular, extended Super Cab, and crew cab. It might not be quite as stylish, but Ford pulls its weight in terms of luxury. On higher trims, you'll find all the usual suspects, from heated and ventilated front seats to your favorite color leather upholstery.
Best Hauler: 2018 Ford F-350
If you've got specialized machinery or loads of lumber to haul, the F-350 is your guy. This heavy-duty truck hauls up to 7,630 pounds, depending on which configuration you select. However, with minimal payload capabilities of 4,470 pounds, every truck, bed, and axle ratio combination offers a heavy-duty hauling performance for the books. Compared to the Ram 3500, which hauls max loads of 4,450 pounds, the F-350 is the right choice for serious heavy-duty drivers.
Biggest Tow Rating: 2018 Ford F-350
Once again, the F-350 moves more weight. If you've got a gargantuan toy-hauler or a trailer full of felled trees that needs moving, this is the right heavy-duty pickup for you. Equipped for gooseneck towing, the F-350 tows max loads of 32,000 pounds. Back in the Ram 3500, you can tow up to 30,240 pounds - which, of course, isn't too shabby.
Best Work-Friendly Technology: 2018 Ford F-350
The Ram 3500 might specialize in luxury, but the Ford F-350 is the truck that helps you get the job done. The Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System supplies seven cameras to enhance visibility when you've got a massive trailer in tow. The F-350 even offers an extra camera that can be mounted on the trailer itself. Add the optional 48-gallon fuel tank to lug big loads for the long haul.
Although it's not quite as innovative, the Ram 3500 also offers work-friendly utility features. For example, on higher trims, the Ram 3500 offers its RamBox. This innovative cargo management system gives you storage compartments, tie-downs, and an adjustable bed divider for organizing your work supplies.
So, there you have it. The 2018 Ford F-350 tows and hauls extra weight, making it the prime pick for heavy-duty drivers. The F-350 also got a long list of utility features that make your workday fly by with ease. The Ram 3500 is stylish, it's true, but the F-350 also offers a long list of modern creature comforts.