2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs Ford Raptor, in numbers

Ford and FCA have been throwing punches lately, and the new Ram TRX is another right hook in the fray. It started with the Ford Bronco, a product clearly designed to take on the Jeep Wrangler, and now the TRX has arrived to fight back against Ford’s alpha off-road pickup, the Raptor.

How close did the engineers at Ram come to making the TRX a true Raptor killer? Let’s take a look at every aspect of these two trucks to see how they compare.

There is one caveat that should be mentioned before we dive in: there is no 2021 Raptor yet. We’ve seen the 2021 Ford F-150, but the new version of the Raptor is still a secret. So for now, we have to compare the TRX to the existing 2020 Raptor, knowing that Ford is planning a new version of its desert fighter.

Powertrains

Each brand certainly approaches the powertrain differently. The Raptor uses a twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 450 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 510 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, sent through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Under the hood of the TRX is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 702 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4 p.m., sent through an eight-speed automatic.

Both trucks have a two-speed transfer case that uses a 2.64:1 ratio in the low range, although the axle ratios in the Raptor are 4.10:1, while the TRX uses 3.55:1.

What you really need to know is this: the 2020 Raptor can run from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 5.1 seconds, while the new TRX is capable of the same feat in 4.5 seconds.

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The suspensions under these two trucks are designed to do the same thing – tackle rough terrain at crazy speeds – but each has its own way of doing it. The new TRX uses independent double wishbone front suspension and a Dana 60 solid rear axle, while keeping the Ram’s five-link coil spring suspension at the rear. This allows for 13 inches of travel in the front and 14 inches in the rear.

The Raptor shares the TRX’s independent front suspension with a dual-A-arm setup, but the rear continues to use leaf springs, though of course they’re tuned specifically for off-road use. Travel numbers are almost identical here, with the Raptor having 13 inches of total front travel and 13.9 inches in the rear.

Shocks are a big part of any off-road package, with Ford tapping Fox for their 3.0 Live Valve units with remote reservoirs, while Ram has gone with 2.5-inch Bilstein E2 Blackhawk shocks, also equipped with remote reservoirs. Both shocks can adjust their damping on the fly, resulting in trucks that are both comfortable off road and keep things firm and easy to handle on the road.

Off-road gear and numbers

With off-roading as their stated goal, the TRX and Raptor share much of the same gear for tackling tough terrain, and the numbers are quite similar too.

Differentials is one area where the Raptor gets a clear win, with a Torsen limited-slip front differential superior in off-road situations to the TRX’s open front differential that uses brake-based traction control to mimic a locker . Both trucks have an electronic locker in the back.

Ground clearance favors the TRX at 11.8 inches, compared to 11.5 in the Raptor. It is clear that Ram was very aware of the Raptor’s numbers and made sure the TRX beat its rival in every category.

For more proof, here are the angles: both trucks have an approach of 30.2 degrees, the departure favors the TRX by 0.5 degrees to a total of 32.5, and the breakover is also only 0.1 degree better on the Aries, which tops out at 21.9 degrees.

Tires are similar, though the rim goes to the larger 325/65R18 rubber fitted to the TRX, which measures 34.8 inches (usually rounded up and called 35) in diameter, while the Raptor offers a 315/70R17 , measured at 34.4 inches (usually rounded down and referred to as 34). BFGoodrich is supplying a set of K02 all-terrains for the Raptor, while the TRX is shod in the new Goodyear Territory all-terrains designed specifically for the new truck.

Size and configurations

Ram has opted to offer the TRX in only one body style, Crew Cab with a 5.5-foot bed, while the Raptor gets two different body styles, the SuperCab and SuperCrew. That means rear seat passengers in the TRX are treated to 45.2 inches of legroom, while the Raptor offers 43.6 inches in its largest model.

The smaller SuperCab Raptor offers 33.5 inches of rear legroom, with this model’s biggest difference being a 134.2-inch wheelbase, compared to the TRX’s 145.1-inch wheelbase. The SuperCrew Raptor has the longest wheelbase of the bunch at 146 inches.

If we compare crew to crew, these trucks are basically the same size. TRX is 232.9 inches long, 88 inches wide and 80.9 inches tall, compared to the Raptor at 231.9 inches long, 86.3 inches wide and 78.5 inches tall.

Weight is another point that matters when off-roading, and the Raptor remains the lighter truck. A SuperCrew Raptor weighs 5,697 lb, compared to the much heavier TRX, which weighs 6,350 lb. lb-ft torque.

Interior Technology

The Ram TRX introduces a number of technologies previously unavailable in Ram trucks. For now, the brand says they’re specific to the TRX, but it probably won’t be long before they make their way to other Rams. The TRX can be had with a rear-view camera mirror, head-up display, trailer reversing guidance system and front-facing camera – the latter two also offered by the Ford.

Electronically controlled driving modes are a staple in off-road trucks these days, and both rigs offer them, with Ram even calling their most aggressive off-road mode Baja Mode, just like in the Raptor.

Price and availability

In Canada, the Raptor starts at $78,749 including destination for a Raptor SuperCab, while the SuperCrew model starts at $81,249 with destination.

The TRX has larger numbers in most areas, and that includes the price tag. This Ram starts at $93,995 in Canada.

General impressions

The Ford Raptor finally has real competition, and that’s a good thing for everyone, because competition always leads to better products. While the spec sheet tips the scales towards the new TRX, we’ll reserve judgment on which is ultimately better until we can get behind the wheel. For now, we’re just happy to see another high-speed off-road monster hit the roads and trails.


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