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2021 Ford F-250 vs. 2021 RAM 2500

2021 Ford F-250 vs 2021 Ram 2500

2021 F-250

2021 RAM 2500
$34,230 MSRP

Starting Price

$35,020 MSRP

Engine Options

1,050 lb-ft

Maximum Torque

850 lb-ft
22,800 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

19,680 pounds
4,160 pounds

Maximum Payload Capacity

4,010 pounds
Up to 5 Years or 100,000 miles with Diesel

Powertrain Warranty

Up to 5 Years or 100,000 miles with Diesel

If you’re on the hunt for a new heavy-duty pickup truck, the 2021 Ford F-250 and the 2021 RAM 2500 are almost certainly two of the top options on your list! Year after year, the Ford demonstrates its continued appeal as one of the strongest models available. However, ever since its recent redesign, the RAM 2500 has had no trouble winning hearts with its stunningly luxurious cabin. Compare the 2021 Ford F-250 vs. RAM 2500 in detail, and then see both models in person with Badger Truck & Auto Group!

Engine Options and Performance Specs

As soon as you start comparing the heavy-duty Ford to the RAM 2500, you’ll notice that both trucks offer compelling engine options:

2021 Ford F-250 Engine Options

  • 6.2L V8 Gas Engine: 385 hp / 430 lb-ft of torque
  • 7.3L V8 Gas Engine: 430 hp / 475 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine: 475 hp / 1,050 lb-ft of torque

2021 RAM 2500 Engine Options

  • 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel Engine: 370-hp / 850 lb-ft of torque
  • Heavy-Duty 6.4 HEMI V8 Engine: 410-hp / 429 lb-ft of torque

Maybe you’re not sure if you’ll need all this power for all of your Chicago and Madison job sites. Compare the 2021 Ford F-150 vs. RAM 1500 to learn more about your options. Even these light-duty pickup trucks are sure to impress!

Towing, Payload, and Capability

Although the RAM 2500 has a higher towing capacity when we compare the base-level gas engines of both models, the Ford F-250 offers higher capacities across the lineup. Here’s a closer look at the capability specs for both models:

2021 Ford F-250 Towing & Payload Limits

  • F-250 with 6.2L V8: Tow up to 15,800 pounds
  • F-250 with 6.7 Diesel V8: Tow up to 22,800 pounds
  • F-250 with 7.3L V8: Tow up to 19,500 pounds

When properly equipped, the 2021 Ford F-250 can handle a payload of up to 4,160 pounds. Considering an F-350 or an F-450? Check out our guide to the Ford Super Duty towing capacities before you drive in from Waukesha or Milwaukee.

2021 RAM 2500 Towing and Payload Limits

  • RAM 2500 with 6.4L HEMI® V8: Tow up to 17,540 pounds
  • RAM 2500 with 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6: Tow up to 19,680 pounds 

The 2021 RAM 2500 can handle a payload of up to 4,010 pounds in some configurations. 

Expert Reviews: 2021 Ford F-250 vs. RAM 2500

If you’ve come this far, you know that the Ford F-250 offers higher towing capacities and payload limits than the RAM 2500. That’s a big deal for drivers in the market for a new heavy-duty truck, but your research shouldn’t end there. 

As we noted in our 2020 F-250 vs. RAM 2500 comparison, the RAM 2500 was Motor Trend’s 2020 Truck of the Year. Although this year’s award went to the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, we think it’s important to point out that the RAM 2500 still offers “unparalleled levels of luxury,” according to Car & Driver

For proof, consider that a RAM 2500 with a Mega Cab offers more rear legroom than any other model in the class. Car & Driver also goes on to praise its “luxury-car-level detailing, extreme comfort, and a clean, modern design.” 

Although the Ford F-250 will never disappoint on the job site, drivers who desire a balance of luxury and capability will surely prefer the RAM 2500 to its rival. Even so, both pickup trucks are great options at the end of the day.

Continue Your 2021 Ford F-250 vs. RAM 2500 Comparison with Us!

The Badger Ford Truck Center is located in Milwaukee, while Badger CDJR is located in New Glarus. No matter which location you’re closest to, all you need to do is contact us to take the next steps! Start exploring our complete new model inventory to continue your Ford F-250 vs. RAM 2500 comparison today.

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