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Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Ford’s light and nimble Raptor goes against Ram’s heavy hitting TRX Concept

The Ford F-150 Raptor has been the high-speed off-road champ since its introduction in 2010. That all might change should Ram green-light the TRX Concept it debuted at the 2016 Texas State Fair. This beast is Hellcat-powered, boasts 37-inch tires, and a suspension system that rivals the Raptor’s underpinnings.

Both trucks have upgraded engines above their average counterparts. The Raptor boasts a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, while the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept sports a detuned version of the famed Hellcat V-8. Don’t let the “detuned” term fool you – this engine still makes 575 horsepower.

Both trucks also wear unique bodywork that differs from their mundane counterparts. Unique front fascias, hoods and bumpers are found on both trucks, as well as wider fenders that cover each trucks’ expanded track. Both also feature knobby tires mounted on beadlock wheels (an option of the Raptor).

Nevertheless, there’s still plenty that separate these two prehistoric beasts. Let’s have a look.

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2016 Ford F-150 vs. 2016 Ram 1500

2016 Ford F-150 vs. 2016 Ram 1500

America’s top trucks square off

The Ram pickup has long been a major player in the full-size pickup segment, though it usually trails the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 in overall sales. Nevertheless, the Ram continues to push innovation, design, and interior development within the segment. Likewise, the F-150 has been highly competitive with those criteria, introducing its all-aluminum body, EcoBoost line of engines, and a large number of useful technologies.

Ram’s laundry list of innovations includes the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, the eight-speed automatic transmission, and its multi-link coil spring rear suspension. Both trucks have far more to boast about, but these are the ones most often seen in advertisements.

Of course, brand loyalty plays a huge role in pickup sales. Customers fiercely defend their purchase decisions, backed by automaker’s quibbles over tow ratings, fuel economy, and “other mines-better-than-yours” talking points. However, there are plenty of customers who don’t have an established brand loyalty. That’s who we’re targeting here – the undecided buyer wanting to know all the options between the Ram and F-150.

Let us know what you think of the two trucks in the comments below. You can also check out our comparison between the F-150 and the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 here.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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