Video: We Paid $77K for the Ram TRX & Ford F-150 Raptor – Here’s Which Truck Is A Better Buy!

Here's what you can get at the top of Ford and Ram's off-road truck lineup

The Ram TRX is officially here to seize the Ford F-150 Raptor’s off-road crown, but is it really a better truck? We bought both to compare over the next year. (Photo: Ram)

Surprisingly, we paid almost exactly the same price for our 2020 Ford Raptor and our 2021 Ram TRX – $77K!

Both the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor are pricy trucks – for good reason. They both have ridiculously beefed up underpinnings and extraordinarily powerful engines. In many ways the Raptor and TRX are like the Ferrari and Lamborghini of off-road trucks. In fact, when you think about it, $77K isn’t that bad – considering what you get for the money.

We are fortunate enough to have the finances in place to buy TFL Studio trucks every year. At the end of each cycle, we sell them off to buy a new truck. That way, we maintain the value, keep our truck fleet fresh and we keep viewers from getting bored. Over the next year or so, we will do dozens of videos featuring these trucks, and we will use them AS trucks – hauling equipment and towing projects.

We’ve already subjected our long-term Ford F-150 Raptor to a few tests, and will put it up against the TRX throughout the year. (Photo: TFLtruck)

They will be used well.

Yes, we paid about the same amount of money for both vehicles. While the 2021 Ram TRX was slightly above a base model, the Ford Raptor was loaded up to its gills. Things like a panoramic sunroof, high end camera system and top-of-the-line stereo system were just some of the amenities that came on the Raptor. For the money, it gave us a lot of goodies.

Neither truck was easy to get at this price. believe it or not, some dealerships would be unscrupulous enough to jack up the prices on both. We’ve seen dealerships ask for over $100K on Raptors. Ridiculous. We had to work hard to find the Raptor we just acquired, but it was a fair price, and we still had to quantify the fact that it had a lot of miles and a few defects.

The 2021 Ram TRX we purchased is the very first TRX to be bought – period. We sent Roman to Michigan to get the TRX and drive it home on December 31, about a week before most people got one. We’re very proud, and we paid a “paltry” $77,095 for it – which is just above their entry level price.

The two most extraordinary half-ton trucks are now in our fleet – and we own them. Wow, it’s quite a feeling. Now, we need to put them both to the test. In this video, we count the numbers and talk about which one we feel is the better deal.

Check it out!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.