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Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram Power Wagon — 2019 Off-Road Truck Review

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If you have around $60,000 to spend on a large off-road pickup truck, you're going to end up thinking Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Ram Power Wagon. These are the two most off-road-capable trucks from their respective brands, but they go about their business in two very different ways. This video shows the differences and similarities, and it explains the purpose of each truck.

Born for high speeds through loose terrain and high-flying antics, the 2019 Ford Raptor is like an off-road sports car. Its Stadium Super Truck-like stance provides tons of clearance, while the powerful twin-turbo V6 kicks out satisfying acceleration. The width can become a problem when driving the Raptor off-road. It's substantially wider than the Power Wagon, so you have to plan your routes carefully through narrow trails.

Though the Ram Power Wagon is not as adept at high speeds, driving it off-road reveals that its other attributes make up for that deficit. It rides taller and gains articulation through a disconnecting front sway bar. Locking front and rear differentials offer more control, while the integrated winch solidifies this truck's intentions: work. Couple these strengths with strong payload and towing figures, and you have a truck that's ready for any kind of adventure you throw at it.

About the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor:

The off-road-focused F-150 Raptor uses the same high-output version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine as the Limited. It has many of the same features as the XLT, but it offers a reinforced frame, a special four-wheel-drive system, a modified long-travel suspension, Fox shocks, flared fenders, skid plates, 17-inch wheels with upgraded off-road tires, and special interior trim with leather and cloth upholstery. The Raptor offers many of the same options as the XLT and the Lariat, as well as a few exterior styling packages, a Torsen limited-slip front differential and forged, bead-lock capable wheels.

Read more about the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: https://www.edmunds.com/ford/f-150/2019/

About the 2019 Ram Power Wagon:

The off-road-themed Power Wagon is available only in crew-cab 4WD form with the short bed and the 6.4-liter V8. It has some slightly different exterior and interior styling changes, but it's the extensive mechanical upgrades that make a Power Wagon. They include unique 17-inch wheels shod with aggressive all-terrain tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, tow hooks, skid plates, a manual transfer case, electronically locking front and rear differentials with a 4.10 axle ratio, hill descent control, an integrated front winch, and a front anti-roll bar that can be disconnected electronically to improve wheel articulation off-road.

The Power Wagon isn't just a trim level. It's also an option package you can add to a crew-cab Tradesman 4x4 with the 6.4-liter Hemi engine. Here you'll get all of the Power Wagon mechanical bits, including the fender flares, but without any other bodywork styling cues or graphics. It's a stealthy working man's Power Wagon at a lower price.

Read more about the 2019 Ram Power Wagon: https://www.edmunds.com/ram/2500/2019/

Watch our 2019 Ram 2500 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qGxBN0s1OU

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