Why the Numbers Matter: Ford vs. Ram

January 11th, 2017 by

2017 Ram 1500 Driveway
In the automotive industry there’s never a shortage of things to talk about, especially when it comes to rumors of scandals. One feud that’s been going on for quite a while regards the Ram 3500, the Ford F-350, and the Ford F-450 and who is really the top dog in the pickup truck segment. Keep reading below to learn more about what’s going on and who you should count on for all of your pickup truck needs.

Background Information

Before we can jump into the details, there are a few pieces of important background information and definitions that we would like to cover to make the following information as clear as possible. Mainly, we’re going to talk about the differences between Class 3 and Class 4 vehicles. A Class 3 vehicle is one that has a GCWR between 4,536 and 6,350 kilograms. Anything above this weight is considered a Class 4 vehicle and ventures into the medium duty category. This information is important because it is what decides which vehicles are able to claim “Best-in-Class” status and who can’t.

What’s the Scoop?

So, why does all of this matter anyway? Well, Ford and Ram have always been in a numbers battle over whether or not the Ford F-450 should be allowed in the Class 3 category with the Ram 3500 and the Ford F-350. When pitted against the Ram 3500 the Ford F-350 is unable to come out on top, allowing the Ram 3500 to claim Best-in-Class for towing and payload capacities. However, Ford then introduced the F-450 which teeters on the class line with a GCWR of 6,350 kg. Ever since the F-450 has tried to force its way into the Class 3 category, Ram officials have been trying to showcase why this is problematic and how Ford is taking advantage of the rating system.

Ram’s Superior Capabilities

When it all boils down, the Ram 3500 still holds a handful of Best-in-Class titles and sports incredible capacities. For example, the 2017 Ram 3500 is able to tow up to 14,157 kilograms and carry a payload of 3,352 kilograms. This is all thanks to the vehicle’s lightweight but strong construction consisting of components like a high strength steel frame with eight separate cross-members made of 50,000 PSI steel, wheel to wheel side steps which help increase vehicle performance by making it more aerodynamic. Regardless of all the talk and semantics, the Ram 3500 is a more than capable vehicle for the needs of Maple Creek drivers.

Experience the 2017 Ram 3500 for Yourself

The intense amounts of towing and payload capabilities available on the Ram 3500 prove that it is a high-performing truck that the competition should fear. Take a spin in this truly aggressive beast, or it’s sisters the 1500 and 2500 today by visiting Jackson Dodge. You can find our dealership at 1500 Strachan Road SE, but we can also be contacted online or by phone at 403-527-5581.

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