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When you’re looking for a truck, why get any truck when you can get the absolute best of the best out of a pickup? The Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor are top tier editions of their respective pickup classes, representing the ultimate of trim performance, features and ability. If you want the best in power, capability, style, tech and more, look no further than these high watermarks. One pickup must rise above the other, though, so is it the powerful 2021 Ram 1500 TRX or the capable 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor that deserves your attention? Follow along with us here at Southside Dodge as we break down these two trucks in their most important categories, highlight their advantages and decide a winner.


Explore the main overview of the 2021 Ram 1500 here!


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Engine Power


Engines: 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 3.5L EcoBoost High-Output V6
Horsepower 702 450
Torque (lb-ft) 650 510

Ram 1500 TRX


The Ram 1500 TRX’s supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque, plain and simple, reaching an incredible 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That allows this pickup to rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds flat. An engine that’s made to intimidate the competition, you’ll never forget its unmistakable sound when you fire up this high-performing engine.


Ford F-150 Raptor


This all-new Raptor comes fitted with a third-generation twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost High-Output engine, reaching 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. You’ll receive torque low in the rev range and advanced turbos with a 10.5:1 compression ratio. Newly-made high-powered fans are found right within the cooling system, so that even the most intense off-road adventure is never interrupted.



Performance Capability Features


Ram 1500 TRX


Coming complete on the TRX is the all-new Blistein Black Hawk e shock system, which adjusts to any terrain you find yourself on, providing exceptional comfort unseen in production trucks. Features include an advanced design, dual-valve tech, braided hoses, remote reservoirs and a hydraulic cushion. 8 drive modes are available to perfectly tune your pickup to the environment underneath, along with a suspension that makes even the rockiest of terrain feel smooth for driver and passengers.


Ford F-150 Raptor


Performance highlights of the F-150 Raptor include its next-gen FOX Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks (with Electronic Control Technology), which quickly react to a change in terrain and actively fight against heat buildup. Its Continuously Controlled Damping system works in real time to adjust to the needs of your drive. Another way the F-150 aims to deliver in off-road situations is its 5-Link Rear Suspension, which works in concert with the improved engine management software for a quicker response and acceleration while never sacrificing on comfort.


Exterior & Interior Design


Ram 1500 TRX


The Ram 1500 TRX is an imposing figure even off the briefest of glances. It’s a pickup whose style will make you wonder if it’s actually street legal, and yes, it gloriously is. Everything starts off with the fierce grille, an air intake scoop and flow-through RAM badging that ensures no air is lost to the engine. The identification lights help create a unique amber look, while its wide fenders help support the exclusive tread with the 35-inch all-terrain tires equipped. The interior is made from premium materials, with the latest in refined tech of a head-up display and 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.


Ford F-150 Raptor


The F-150 Raptor is unmistakable from any other F-150 as it leads itself forward with a unique grille decked out with huge FORD block letters. The front and rear bumpers come in a performance accent colour, with flared front fenders (complete with air extractors), flared box outers and a hood with air extractors, balancing sporty style with performance utility. The interior is able to be upgraded to even larger premium heights, such as with the Raptor 37 Performance Package, with RECARO seats, Rhapsody Blue seat surfaces, Code Orange stitching and carbon fibre appliques. It’s tech-forward as well, with a 12-inch digital productivity screen, 12-inch centre stack screen and on-demand rear view camera.




Ram 1500 TRX Vs. Ford F-150 Raptor Verdict


Now you know all about the top highlights of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and the 2021 Ford F-150, both supremely advanced performance pickups who balance unique style with terrific performance, but which one deserves the top spot. Starting right off with the engine comparison, and continuing on through, it’s clear that the TRX is the only choice for those who want the ultimate in pickup performance. The TRX’s engine, performance abilities and premium style outclass the Raptor in every comparison. Don’t just take our word for it, take MotorTrend’s as well, who named the Ram 1500 TRX their 2021 Truck of the Year, one of the most acclaimed awards in the industry. This is just the first year of the TRX, too, it’s just getting started, so stay tuned moving forward to see what ground the Ram 1500 TRX will no doubt break in the future again.

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