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2023 Ram TRX vs. 2023 Ford-150 Raptor R: Cold-Blooded Cretaceous Combat: Dino Destruction: Fossil Fu(el)ed: Extinction Event: Asteroidamageddon 2023

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2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R vs. Ram 1500 TRX front
  • After last year's lopsided Ram 1500 TRX vs. Ford F-150 Raptor comparison, Ford returns with the Raptor R.
  • With 700 furious horses under the hood, the F-150 finally has a powertrain to match the mighty TRX.
  • Which one earns our recommendation?

This is it, the high-speed off-road comparison to end them all. We thought we had our T's crossed and I's dotted last year when we pitted the Ram 1500 TRX against the Ford F-150 Raptor on a special dirt track version of our U-Drags series. It was admittedly a bit lopsided. You see, the TRX is powered by the obscene Hellcat engine — a supercharged beast of a V8 that pumps out 702 horsepower. The F-150 Raptor was the only true competitor at the time, but its turbocharged V6 was seriously down on power, with only 450 hp on tap.

But today's Raptor R ... that's a different story. It swaps in the Shelby GT500's supercharged V8, which puts out a much more competitive 700 hp. (How much do you think it grinds Ford's gears that its engine is 2 hp in arrears?) Now that these two Baja-lite racers match up in price and power, which one earns Edmunds' recommendation in a direct comparison? Watch the video below to find out.

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Edmunds says

Even though there's only one winner, we think buyers would be happy with either truck. Provided you don't mind putting the local Chevron owner's kid through college.