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Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Ram Power Wagon In An Off-Road Duel: Video


When it comes to full-size off-road trucks in the $60,000 range, options come down to the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram Power Wagon. These are both special editions of the trucks they are based on with the F-150 Raptor having more special stuff to it than the Ram. The Raptor is made for high-speed off-road driving of the desert variety, but it will also rock crawl and go play in the mud if you want.

The Power Wagon isn’t meant for high-speed driving, but it has more articulation and a higher ride height that makes it more skilled at driving slow over obstacles. The gang at Edmunds wanted to see which of the off-road trucks were better and pitted them against each other in more of a review than a shootout. Edmunds says that the trucks are both good at what they do, but they go about it differently.

Power for the F-150 Raptor comes from a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 making 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Power Wagon, on the other hand, has a 6.4-liter V8 engine making 410 horsepower and 429 pound-foot of torque. This puts the Power Wagon well down on torque and power compared to the Raptor. It’s worth noting that the Power Wagon is built on the Ram 2500 truck; so if towing is your thing, the Ram could be the better option.

Both of the trucks look good in the video that Edmunds put together and the testing they went through looks like fun. Interestingly, the Power Wagon has a disconnecting front sway bar, something found on Jeep Rubicons but not often on trucks from the factory. The video is worth a watch for F-150 Raptor fans or anyone shopping in that price range for a truck. We saw the F-150 Raptor get spanked in a drag race by the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger not long ago.

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Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. vbondjr

    As much as i want to say “who gives a (wall that retains water)” because most people don’t really off road their vehicles anyway, I will refrain from saying it. Don’t get me wrong, I think a truck should be a truck and not some sissified FWD thing with a fancy tailgate and a trunk hidden in the bed because someone thought it was a great idea that trucks can be minivans too. Unless it’s a street sport truck, all trucks should be what the Ford Raptor, Ram Rebel, Chevy Silverado Trail boss, GMC Sierra AT4 and the Ram Power Wagon are anyway. This should be standard equipment for a pickup truck except for the Raptor should have a V8. Chevy should drop out everything below the 5.3L and equip ever single silverado 1500 with a 6.2L V8, Ram should drop the 5.7L and go with the 6.4L and Ford should drop everything and go with the 7.3L Godzilla pushrod V8 in the F150 and the world should suck it up and deal with it. Everything 2500 and up should be Diesel and that’s it. Point blank, period, end of story! The Ranger should have the 350hp 2.7L twin turbo, the Colorado should have the 2.7L Turbo 4-cylinder pushing about 340hp and Dodge needs to go ahead and bring the Dakota back with a 330-350hp turbo engine and call it a day. All of those should be base engines, giving the Ranger an optional 5.0L V8 with 420hp, an 5.7L V8 in the Dakota pushing around 400hp and the 5.3L in the Colorado pushing out about 405hp. To me, all three of these companies need to be doing things alot better than what they’re doing and they need to start focusing on the American Market again and providing solid, inexpensive vehicles along with their premium vehicles and having vehicles of every model that would be affordable. Every single one of them need to revamp their lineups and they should look something like this

    Falcon Sedan
    Maverick (CD6 performance crossover)
    EVOS electric crossover
    Super Duty

    Mark X

    Blazer (Alpha chassis or VSS-R platform redo)
    Trailblazer (based on the Colorado platform)
    Tahoe (new Tahoe should get a Z71 K5 package with two doors)
    Silverado 1500
    Silverado HD

    Sierra HD
    (what would really really be nice here would be for GMC to have a car lineup under the brand name Pontiac so we could have our Firebird and Grand Prix back)

    GSX (Buick Avista concept)
    GNX (Alpha platform sedan)
    Electra (electric vehicle)
    Riviera (coupe version of the Avenir sedan concept)
    Wildcat (Lacrosse)
    Centurion (Encore)
    LeSabre (Enclave)

    Catera (CT5)
    Fleetwood (CT7)
    Seville (XT5)
    Deville (XT6)
    Fleetwood (XT7)

    Dart (the real dart from the 1970’s not that neon wannabe thing)
    Ram 1500
    Ram HD

    Chrysler (Drop Chrysler, bring back plymouth)
    Satellite (Roadrunner & GTX trims)
    Aspen (Durango based SUV)
    Voyager (a rear drive version of the luxurious Pacifica)
    Arrow (plymouth version of the dakota)
    Plymouth PT 1500

    Wrangler unlimited
    Grand Cherokee
    Grand Wagoneer
    Jeep Comanche 1500 pickup.

    Honestly if the big three went back to making cars like this. America would go back to buying cars. And not everything needs to be 30grand or higher, Nearly everything from Ford, Chevy, Plymouth or Dodge should be within the $18k-$32K unless we’re talking about a GT500, ZL1, top performance Dodge/Plymouth or a fully optioned out F150 or higher. Yeah Lincoln should start at $28K and go up to $75K fully loaded on certain models, Buick should start around $28K, Pontiac $22K, Cadillac should probably start in the $30K range as should most Jeeps (not the wrangler). We could bring countless jobs back to the US by bringing back the auto industry and doing it better this time. This way we can afford to buy our own products and be proud of them.

    1. What!

      Push-Rod OHV should be left back in the ’50s where it belongs. This is the 21 century vbondjr.!

  2. John Q Public

    Yawn. The manufacturers thank you for your opinion.


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