The heavy-duty 2019 Ford F-350 and Ram 3500 trucks are more than super powerful—they’re thoroughly modern. Both trucks offer an almost overwhelming amount of configurations and options, though, which can make choosing between them somewhat complicated. Luckily, our comparison guide is here with the answers you seek.
Premium Performance: 2019 Ford F-350
There’s a reason Ford’s heavy-duty trucks are so popular—a lot of reasons, actually. But performance is a big draw. Drivers swear by the F-350’s capabilities, especially its smooth, responsive powertrain options. This truck’s sturdy chassis accentuates your daily drive, especially when you’re moving massive weight.
The newly redesigned Ram 3500 is more capable than ever, but we still feel that Ford’s Super Duty trucks have the performance edge. When you’re behind the wheel of the Ram though, you’ll get a kick out of the new engine lineup’s massive power.
Most in Muscle: 2019 Ram 3500
And the award for brawn goes to…the Ram 3500! This was a close one though. This fully redesigned Ram 3500 is far more capable than previous renditions, with new hardware and stronger underpinnings that help the Ram tow max loads of 35,100 pounds. The F-350’s max tow ratings come up close behind, at 34,000 pounds. Either way, these trucks are capable of towing just about everything, from four-horse trailers to massive machinery.
The Ram 3500 also hauls the biggest payloads, though, once again, the F-350 is a very close second. Depending on configuration, the new Ram 3500 can haul up to 7,680 pounds of your heaviest work gear. The Ford F-350 hauls almost as much of your heaviest work gear, with max payloads of 7,630 pounds.
Massive Comfort & Style: 2019 Ford F-350
Both heavy-duty trucks get great marks for comfort, but Ford’s heavy-duty pickup nabs the win with its extra configuration options and trademark rugged style. You can choose from six F-350 trim models (the Ram offers five) and just about every imaginable luxury feature. You can even add multi-contour front seats that give you a massage on your way to work every morning.
Though the Ram won’t give you a massage, the 3500 does go pound-for-pound with the F-350 in a lot of ways. Both heavy-duty trucks are seriously spacious, no matter which cabin you ultimately choose. Also, both offer all the usual luxuries, from various shades of handsome leather upholstery to interior wood trim options.
Capable Tech Options: 2019 Ford F-350
The F-350 impresses with its street smarts. A wealth of high-tech gear is available to help you stay safe on the road, even when you’ve got a massive trailer in tow. The blind-spot detection is adjustable, so this system can actually take the size of your trailer into account. If you’ve ever tried to switch lanes with a trailer in tow, you understand how invaluable this technology is.
Both trucks have some technology in common, however. For example, their digital displays can actually give you feedback on both the truck and trailer tires, so you don’t even need to get out of the cabin to know that there’s an issue. Then there are the surround-view cameras, which certainly come in handy when you’re hitching a trailer or making the most of a small parking space.
The 2019 Ford F-350 and Ram 3500 definitely have heavy-duty performance in common. Ultimately, the F-350 wins the day with its savvy, work-friendly tech options and cushy cabin features.