RAM 1500 is facing a tough rival with the PH-spec Ford F-150

Updated Apr 12, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

The F-150 is a returnee, while the Ram 1500 has been here all along.

Full-size pickup trucks are awesome. They’re the large examples of pickup trucks, meaning they have better interior space compared to their midsize brothers, and better cargo space on their beds.

2020 Ford F-150: The return to the Philippine shores – Quick Look

And due to their size, they are also powered by large displacement engines that make oodles of torque making them better at towing, better at carrying cargo, and potentially even better at going up to speed on the highway.

If you aren’t living under a rock, the full-size Ford F-150 has just made its return to Philippine shores a couple of days ago. But did you know that even before the big, bad Ford pickup’s return, there was already a full-size pickup truck model that you can buy here in the Philippines? That’s right, we’re talking about the Ram 1500.

A picture of the front of the Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is less angular than the F-150 but it is by no means less macho

Ram 1500 vs Ford F-150: It’s going to be a tough battle

With the return of the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500 is indeed facing a tough rival. But note that the Ram 1500’s two variants; the Laramie Crew Cab, and the SLT Crew cab, does have several things going for it to match the competition.

For starters, the Ram 1500, both the V6 SLT and the Laramie Crew Cab does not make use of forced induction. This is unlike the twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine that the F-150 uses, which while more powerful, is a bit more complex than the Hemi engines found on both Ram 1500 variants. 

A picture of the interior of the RAM 1500

The interior of the RAM 1500 is well arranged and very expansive

On the Ram 1500, the V8 and the V6 are paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, which of course has two gears less than the F-150’s ten-speed automatic. With that setup, the 1500 SLT’s V6 makes 285 horsepower @ 6,400 RPM and 352 Nm of torque at 4,800 RPM.

The Laramie’s V8 on the other hand makes a bit more at 395 horsepower @ 5,600 RPM, and 555 Nm of torque at 3,950 RPM. As we’ve said, the F-150’s sole engine option; the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost makes more at 375 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque.

Note also that both Ram 1500 variants available in the Philippines have four-wheel-drive with a Shift-on-Demand transfer case. The Laramie is also notably well equipped with the presence of traction control, trailer sway damping, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, disc brakes all around, Active Noise Control System, as well as Advanced Multistage Front Airbags.

A picture of the interior of the RAM 1500

There's a lot of legroom for the rear passengers too

>>> Related: A complete guide to Ram cars in the Philippines

When it comes to interiors, the Ram 1500 is also a cushy ride. It features a power 8-way adjustable driver and passenger seats each with 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display linked up to nine amplified speakers with a subwoofer.

The Ram 1500 also has UConnect 4 NAV, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a vehicle information center, leather-wrapped 60/40 folding split reclining seats, 12V and 115V auxiliary power outlets, as well as tons of storage spaces.

And talking about storage spaces, you’ll be pleased to know that the Ram 1500 might have more in the way of practicality and usability due to the availability of the Rambox Cargo Management System where the Ram 1500 uses its beefy bed sides as a water proof, well lit, storage compartment. 

A picture of the RAMbox Cargo Management System

Protect your stuff from rain, and even from thieves with the RAM Box

Another thing that will prove a challenge to the Ram 1500 is that its top-of-the-lime variant is priced a bit higher than the Ford full-size pickup trucks.

Ram 1500 Variants
1500 SLT Crew Cab V6
Php 2,990,000
1500 Laramie Crew Cab
Php 3,990,000

>>> View full price list of all car brands in the Philippines

The 1500 SLT Crew Cab V6 however, is priced Php 8,000 cheaper than the Ford F-150 4x4 Platinum Supercrew AT, which can be had for Php 2,998,000.

Compare the 1500 Laramie’s price, which might be a bit too stiff, but that’s just the price you’ll have to pay for the HEMI V8, which according to numerous Ram 1500 owner’s forums is quite reliable. 

A picture of a RAM 1500 in white

There's a reason why Ram owners are die hard fans of the brand

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RAM Philippines is offering the local market with the RAM 1500 only for 2021. The American marque doesn't disclose the prices of the variants of the full-size pickup truck so contact your closest RAM dealership for inquiries. Speaking of variants, this model has three, namely the Rebel, TRX, and Laramie. 

If you want to explore more vehicle options, you can check out our online guides from the safety and comfort of your own home. You can visit Philkotse.com to learn more about Ram 1500 models, available promos, as well as the latest news, reviews, updated specs, and other information on the website.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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