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The 2021 Ford Raptor vs. the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
We know the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has a V8. That’s a solid argument against the 2021 Ford Raptor. The TRX has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. That’s something Ram won’t let you forget.
The new Ford Raptor has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that provides 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s a huge difference in power, but the 2022 Ford Raptor R will have a V8. Ford won’t be behind in terms of muscle for long.
Plus, even though the Raptor currently lacks a V8, it has a higher rating than the TRX, according to The Car Connection. So, a loud massive engine isn’t the only thing fans are considering with these beastly rides.
Backing up the hardware are software and features that help these trucks and their drivers tackle a variety of jobs, terrain and conditions. Both trucks feature multiple drive modes controlling the suspension, powertrain and four-wheel-drive parameters. Both feature some form of sub-5-mph low-speed crawl control for off-road use: Ford calls it Trail Control, while Ram has Selec-Speed Control. Both also boast some form of hill-descent control and both feature massive touchscreen displays that allow drivers to customize their performance.
The Raptor has a unique feature inherited from the Bronco called Trail One-Pedal driving, which maps both acceleration and braking to the gas pedal. Depress the pedal to move forward but then just lift it to brake — kind of like one-pedal driving in an EV.
These trucks probably have similar water fording depths, but the TRX features a specialized intake for the job that can also sift out dust and sand when blasting through the desert. It’s not exactly high-tech, but it’s still a clever bit of engineering.
The TRX rides atop an adaptive suspension with Bilstein Blackhawk E2 shocks with 2.5-inch-diameter dampers with remote reservoirs, a double-wishbone setup up front and five-link coil-spring system out back. Electronic control can adjust compression and rebound damping with a reaction time of just 20 milliseconds, and Ram claims up to a ton — 2,000 pounds — of damping force absorption per corner when landing a big jump.
Meanwhile, the new Raptor features a revised Fox Live Valve electronic-control suspension, also with remote reservoirs, and with larger 3.1-inch-diameter dampers. This year Ford ditches the Raptor’s old leaf springs, moving to a five-link coil-spring rear suspension to match its double-wishbone front. The Raptor’s electronic damping control is slower than the TRX’s, with an 80-millisecond reaction time, and its claimed max damping force of 1,000 pounds per corner also comes up short. However, the Raptor is also a lighter truck, so maybe it’ll all work out.
The Raptor does have the advantage of overall suspension travel, boasting 14 inches of front axle travel and 15 inches of rear axle travel when rolling on 35-inch tires, compared with the TRX’s 13 and 14 inches, respectively. Trading blows back and forth, this category is too close to call based on numbers alone. Let’s call it a draw.
3. The Raptor has a nicer interior
The 2021 Ford Raptor has bolstered leather seats to comfortably keep you in place with optional carbon fiber or aluminum accents. The Ram 1500 TRX is available with cloth, vinyl, or leather seats and has aluminum finishes.
Both have pretty advanced tech, but the Ram TRX has an old-school analog cluster display, while the Raptor has a digital one. Both trucks have wireless phone charges and plenty of USB ports too.
But the Raptor has a center console that doubles as a work surface. Plus, the Raptor can be equipped with the Ford Pro Power generator. This means that even in the middle of the desert, your truck can provide power.