They say beauty is only skin deep. And the 2019 Ford F-250 and RAM 2500 are both beautful heavy duty trucks. They've bold and breathtaking as mountains. But today we go under the surface to make a real comparison. After all, a truck is only as good as the sum of its parts. So look under the hood with us as we take a penetrating look at the Ford F-250 and RAM 2500 in this under-the-cover comparison guide.
Torque: 2019 Ram 2500
Much ink has been spilt writing about what we like to call the Torque Race. Ford, Chevy, and RAM have long sought to have the highest torque numbers in their heavy duty and pickup trucks. It's gone back and forth a few times, but right now the RAM 2500 is king of the super duty segment.
The Ford F-250 boasts good numbers at 935 pound-feet of torque. Remember that torque is a measurement of working power. It's turning power, it's gear force, it's time-to-get-down-to-business power. And the Ford F-250 has plenty of it, which no one can deny. It's just that the RAM 2500 has a little bit more. It achieved the distinction of breaking 1000 pound-feet of torque, the first in its class and the current class leader. But what does torque actually do in a car? Well if torque is harnessed well, it should mean better acceleration, good horsepower and great payload and towing capacity. How does the RAM 2500 fare in those categories? Let's keep trucking.
Horsepower: 2019 Ford F-250
In a surprising upset, the 2019 Ford F-250 has more horsepower than its RAM counterpart. The horsepower on the F-250's best engine is 450 hp while the RAM maxes out at 400 hp. Remember that horsepower is a measurement of raw, untapped power. So we should keep looking to see how well it's used.
Acceleration: 2019 Ford F-250
Acceleration is a good measurement of speed, and the Ford F-250 happens to be speedier in this contest. The Ford heavy duty goes zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds. That's fast, especially to move that much metal. Edmunds calls it "unrelenting waves of torque" and that sounds about right. Meanwhile, the RAM 2500 gets to that same speed in 7.7 seconds, a full second slower. But we still have one category to go.
Towing: 2019 Ford F-250
When properly equipped, the Ford F-250 can tow a whopping 25,700 pounds. Go ahead and buy the big boat, right? What about the RAM 2500? Considerably less, at just 18,000 pounds, even with its best engine. For whatever reason, despite an undeniably impressive torque number, the RAM 2500 is still second-place to the Ford F-250 in every other meaningful measurement. What's behind the numbers? The true measure of a heavy duty truck.