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Ram Plow Truck vs. Subaru Crosstrek







Are you pulling my leg? 
This comparison is a bit of a segment buster.  But the information is all accurate.
 


Did you know that Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has a sister store in Hanover, Massachusetts named
Planet Subaru
?  It shares "your undealership" philosophy.  When Planet Subaru needed a new plow truck to replace rusting Ford, of course we bought the best plow truck on the market, a heavy-duty Dodge Ram 2500.  And we thought comparing these dissimilar vehicles might be fun. 
 

BEFORE WE GET STARTED, LIST EVERYTHING THEY HAVE IN COMMON: 

  • They're both orange;
  • And, well, that's about all they have in common


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:


Crosstrek offers the utility and all-weather prowess of a sport utility vehicle without the sacrifices in cost, fuel economy, and ride.  Plowtruck is a piece of finely-crafted construction equipment that we use for plowing Planet Subaru's eleven-acre facility in the winter and delivering really big autobody parts the rest of the year. 




Four Minute Summary Video filmed at Planet Subaru:
        
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Review
 









Which one is wider?
You be the judge.  











Length
Plowtruck won't fit in any normal garage.  Trust me, we've tried it



  





Height
Believe it or not, the camera is level with the truck bed.  Good thing Crosstrek has roof rails or you wouldn't even be able to see it.  

 




 




Crosstrek 




 

Plowtruck






Ride Quality

Crosstrek wins this one.
Plowtruck has more suspension travel, but it rides like a work truck.


 
There's less "dead cat space" between the top of the tire
and the bottom of the wheel
well.  (That's the technical
industry term, believe it
or not.)

 

Lots of travel up and down.
 






Price
Including the plow, Plowtruck is about $15,000 more. 


 
Visit planetsubaru.com
for models and pricing
 


Image Perception

If you want to impress your neighbor who works for the highway department, Plowtruck wins.  But the Crosstrek comes free with a driving dog!  (Just kidding). 







 












 


Standard Engine

Plowtruck engine is almost three times as large!


 2.0 liter, four cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission 


 5.7 liter, V8 mated with
five-speed automatic
 transmission



Fuel Economy
Crosstrek wins.  Considering the Ram thunders with a 5.7 liter Hemi V8, weighs three tons, and has the drag coefficient of a shoe box, 19 mpg ain't bad. 




 

25 city, 33 highway

Fuel tank:  15.9 gallons



14 city, 19 highway


Fuel tank:  35.0 gallons. 

Horsepower   
Plowtruck wins, barely. 



148


383




Ground clearance

Crosstrek wins, believe it or not.  Subaru packages things very efficiently down there.  (Overall there's a lot more room under the Ram, but "ground clearance" measures the distance from the ground to the lowest point on the vehicle, so all it takes is one low spot to reduce the measurement).











8.7 inches












7.8 inches

Vehicle Weight

We'll give this category to Plowtruck. 






3164 pounds




6050 pounds 

In case you're doing
 the math, that's three tons. 


C
argo space
Dogs prefer Plowtruck, because what dog doesn't love riding around in the back of a pick-up? 


 



Towing Capacity

Plowtruck narrowly ekes out another victory in this category.






1500 pounds

(small trailer)






8800 pounds

(small house)











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at our sister store,
Planet Subaru in Hanover







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