The 2021 Ram 1500 Classic Review Just Overtook the 2021 Ford F-150 Review on Consumer Reports

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The Ford F-150 made waves this past week with Ford’s announcement of the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning. Meanwhile, the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic review just snuck up on the 2021 Ford F-150 review and overtook it for the 3rd place spot on Consumer Reports’ best full-size pickup trucks for 2021. 

The 2021 Ram 1500 Classic is one of the best full-size pickup trucks

Consumer Reports just published its 2021 Ram Classic review, and, like most pickups on Consumer Reports, the Ram 1500 classic didn’t get a rave review. However, it did well enough to earn the third spot behind the Toyota Tundra and Ram 1500 with an overall score of 57/100. 

2021 Ram 1500 Classic | CR

Unlike the big daddy Ram 1500 – or the 2021 Ford F-150 for that matter – the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic only has two motor options. The base model comes standard with a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6, while a 395-hp 5.7-liter V8 is also an option. Both engine choices come paired with an eight-speed manual transmission. 

The 2021 Ford F-150 review 

A dark 2021 Ford F-150 driving down a field lined road
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford

RELATED: The Consumer Reports 2021 Ford F-150 Review Points Out 1 Critical Flaw

Consumer Reports was not overly kind to the most popular pickup truck of all time. In fact, the 2021 Ford F-150 only got a 55/100 on its review. CR found some issues with the reliability history, which really held the F-150 back. 

According to CR, the 2021 F-150 comes in many different shapes and sizes, but the best version, but the best version is the one with the 325-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. There are six engine options for the F-150 making it a much more complicated lineup than the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic. 

Which is the best pickup truck for towing? 

The Ram name is synonymous with work within the truck world. The 2021 Ram 1500 Classic can tow up to 10,050 lbs when properly configured with the V8 and optional rear axle. While the Ram is a tough truck, the 2021 Ford F-150 can pull up to 12,400 lbs when equipped with the max towing package for the hybrid PowerBoost version earning it best in class towing. 

Even though the Ford out pulls the Ram, the two trucks are basically neck and neck until it comes to the ride and comfort aspect of these pickup trucks. 

The ride and cabin comfort is where Ram 1500 Classic pulls ahead by just a nose. As we have mentioned many times, Consumer Reports highly values comfort and cabin finishing. The Ram and Ford are so close in so many ways. In fact, the Ford even beats on things like towing and fuel efficiency, but the Ram has a lovely cabin. 

Comfort matters even in pickup trucks

In this category, the Ram 1500 Classic review clarifies that it is the best of the two pickup trucks. CR says the road noise is subdued, the ride is the most comfortable on the market, and the steering is direct and relatively direct for a pickup truck. 

The Ford F-150 doesn’t completely fall apart here, but it struggles to hang with plush Ram. CR says that the 2021 F-150 is a bit clumsy, and the steering gives a bit less feedback than the Ram’s.

Although the 2021 Ford F-150’s ride is much better than the outgoing model’s, the driving experience is still a bit jittery and harsh. However, the cabin is said to be wonderfully quiet. In fact, CR says, “the F-150’s cabin is quiet enough to shame some luxury cars.” 

The 2021 Ram 1500 Classic review proves which is better

CR gives the slightest edge to the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic. Although it isn’t as strong as the F-150, CR sees more value in the comfort and reliability discrepancy between them. The truth is, picking the best full-size pickup truck between these two is a difficult undertaking because of how similar they are. 

If you want something more civilized and comfortable, the 2021 Ram 1500 Classic seems to be a wise choice. 

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