Trucks are big, powerful, and capable. But the Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor are bigger, added powerful, and added capable. These aren’t accustomed trucks. When Ram appear the batty off-road-specced 1500 TRX, comparing it Ford’s Raptor was an accessible given. The F-150 Raptor has been the best of full-size off-road trucks aback its absolution for the 2010 archetypal year. Ram wants that appellation and is application 702 application to affirmation it. But ability isn’t aggregate for these types of trucks; they accept to clamber through rocks, jump beach dunes, bisect mud pits, edge through aerial water, and break through snowbanks. It takes a lot of engineering to accomplish a 3-ton barter do that. Below, we analyze both crazy trucks. Is the TRX the new champ? Decide for yourself.
Ford’s Raptor is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 agent that churns out an absorbing 450 hp and 510 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automated backs the engine. According to Car and Driver, the big barter will hit 60mph in 5.1 abnormal on its way to a quarter-mile time of 13.9 abnormal at 99mph. If you accept towing or carriage duties, the Raptor can tow up to 8,000 pounds and has a burden accommodation of up to 1,200 pounds. However, all that can anon change if the rumors of the accessible Raptor accepting the Mustang Shelby GT500’s supercharged V8 are true.
Under the TRX’s hood, you’ll acquisition the acclaimed Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V8, which produces a whopping 702 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque in this configuration. An 8-speed automated does the shifting. Third-party testing has yet to be done but Ram, claims the TRX has a zero-to-60mph time of 4.5 abnormal and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 abnormal at 108mph. That’s decidedly quicker than the Raptor, but that’s due to the huge ability difference. However, towing and burden are about identical. Maximum accommodation is 8,100 pounds for towing and 1,310 pounds for payload.
Off-road-specced trucks charge high-end abeyance in adjustment to handle the affliction owners bandy at them. Ford knows this and gave the Raptor Fox Racing Shox shocks that are electronically controlled and affection continuously capricious compression damping. Up front, you’ll acquisition an aerial and lower ascendancy arm (double-wishbone) bureaucracy with coil-over shocks. The rear end has the acceptable blade springs and solid arbor layout. Abeyance biking is 13.0 inches up avant-garde and 13.9 inches in the rear. A avant-garde Torsen cogwheel is optional.
The Raptor comes accepted with 17-inch cast-aluminum auto with 315/70 R17 BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. An alternative amalgamation includes 17-inch artificial aluminum beadlock-capable auto with the aforementioned BF Goodrich tires. Ground approval is a boundless 11.5 inches, and the approach, departure, and breakover angles for the Super Crew anatomy appearance (four abounding doors) are 30.2, 23.0 (23.1 for Super Cab), and 21.8 (22.9 for the Super Cab) degrees, respectively. The four-wheel-drive system’s alteration case uses a 2.64:1 low-range accessory ratio, and the barter can ford 32 inches of water.
The TRX appearance Bilstein Black Hawk e2 off-road shocks that are additionally electronically controlled with continuously capricious damping. Avant-garde abeyance is agnate to the Raptor’s double-wishbone setup, but the aberration lies in the rear. Out back, the TRX doesn’t use the old-school blade springs that trucks commonly have; instead, Ram gave the TRX a five-link braid configuration. The barter additionally has a Dana 60 rear axle. Ram says avant-garde abeyance biking is 13.0 inches and 14.0 inches for the rear, but that could hardly change already the barter hits the assembly line.
Rubber for the TRX is massive — bigger than the Raptor. The called annoy is Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain 325/65 R18, and beadlock-capable auto are optional. Ground approval is close, but the TRX aloof beats the Raptor with 11.8 inches. Approach, departure, and breakover angles are 30.2, 23.5, and 21.9 degrees, respectively. With the barring of the access angle, the Ram beats the Ford but by the aboriginal margins. Like the Raptor, the TRX has a 2.64:1 low-range accessory ratio, but its alteration case is a BorgWarner unit. The Ram can additionally cantankerous 32 inches of continuing water.
Just because the Raptor is an off-road truck, don’t anticipate it’s low-tech. Ford gave the Raptor affluence of interior, driver-assist, and off-road technology. Inside you’ll acquisition an 8.0-inch centermost touchscreen, SiriusXM, four USB ports, a agent smartphone app, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa compatibility. The accepted apparatus console awning is alone 4.2 inches, but you can advancement to an 8.0-inch one. A aeronautics arrangement and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio arrangement are optional.
Helping drivers off-road is the Raptor’s Terrain Administration arrangement (Baja, Bedrock Crawl, Mud/Sand modes) and the Trail Ascendancy arrangement for low-speed situations. Safety isn’t a antecedence for off-roaders, but the Raptor still has driver-assist tech. The barter comes accepted with automated emergency avant-garde braking, automated aerial beams, and rear parking sensors. Alternative appearance accommodate advancement bivouac assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane accumulate assist, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera (with a avant-garde camera for off-roading).
Ram didn’t put all the money on the 702-hp agent and off-road hardware; they spent affluence of it on autogenous tech. Accepted appearance are a big 12.0-inch centermost touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, a aeronautics system, a 7.0-inch apparatus console screen, 5 USB ports (including Type C), and a agent smartphone app. The account of accessible tech includes a head-up display, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a agenda rearview mirror, and a wireless charging pad.
The TRX appearance Sport, Snow, Custom, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja modes and Ram’s Active Terrain Dynamics abeyance administration system. There isn’t a low-speed coast or clamber mode, but there is a jump-detection arrangement (for optimal landing) and barrage control. That sounds like added fun. Automated emergency avant-garde braking, automated aerial beams, and steering-responsive headlights are standard. Alternative driver-assist tech consists of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera arrangement (with a avant-garde camera for off-roading), adaptive cruise control, lane accumulate assist, banal emergency braking, avant-garde and rear sensors with automated braking, and a advancement bivouac abetment system. An impressive account for an off-roader.
Off-road trucks charge air-conditioned off-road gear, and there’s affluence to accept from for anniversary truck. You can adjustment your Raptor with Bushwacker fender flares and exoteric ancillary and awning Raptor graphics. If you appetite more, attending against Ford Performance, area you can buy a hunt alternation rear hunt arbor with a ablaze bar, a hunt arbor in-bed annoy carrier, a cogwheel cover, a cat-back bankrupt system, LED fog lights, and off-road accretion boards. The TRX additionally offers TRX exoteric cartoon on the abandon and hood. From Mopar, you can adjustment off-road-style active boards or bedrock rails. A rear Ram bar (similar to the Raptor’s rear hunt bars) and a bed-mounted annoy carrier are additionally available.
Huge. The Raptor is 86.3 inches wide, 78.5 inches high, and 231.9 inches continued (220.0 for the Super Cab) and has a avant-garde and rear clue of 73.9 and 73.6 inches, respectively. It weighs 5,697 pounds (5,525 for the Super Cab). That ability complete big, but the TRX is bigger and heavier. The Ram measures in at 88.0 inches wide, 80.9 inches high, 232.9 inches long, and its avant-garde and rear clue are 74.5 inches and 74.1 inches, respectively. Its barrier weight is a extraordinary 6,350 pounds.
To put that in perspective, a 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is 81.1 inches wide, 75.7 inches high, and 225.7 inches long. The avant-garde clue is 68.5 inches and the rear is 68.3 inches. The big SUV weighs 5,616 pounds. That makes the Raptor and TRX bigger and added than one of the better SUVs in the market.
The Ford Raptor comes in two anatomy styles: $53,455 is the starting amount for the Super Cab, and $56,440 for the Super Crew. The Ram TRX is offered in the Crew Cab (four abounding doors) anatomy appearance and starts at $70,095. That’s decidedly added than the Raptor, but you get abundant added ability and a better-looking and added avant-garde interior. However, there is a adventitious the abutting Raptor could accomplish up for all that.
There absolutely aren’t any absolute full-size barter competitors out there. Chevrolet has the Colorado ZR2 off-roader, but that’s a abate truck. Chevy’s full-size Silverado calendar offers the Trail Boss model, and GMC has the Sierra AT4, but those off-road-themed trucks can’t be compared to the TRX and Raptor. The aforementioned goes for the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and Nissan Titian Pro-4X (both approved and XD). The TRX and Raptor are artlessly in a alliance of their own.