Toyota Tundra vs. Ram 1500: Does the Tundra Stand up to the Hard-Charging Ram?
It took a long time, but Toyota finally redesigned the Tundra and brought it into 2022 with a new generation. This upgraded full-size Toyota pickup truck has a lot more to offer than the previous outdated model, but is it enough to stand up to a stalwart like the Ram 1500? Let’s find out.
|2022 Toyota Tundra||2022 Ram 1500|
|Engine Options||3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 | I-FORCE Max hybrid||3.6-liter V6 | 5.7-liter V8 | 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6|
|Horsepower||348 horsepower(SR) | 389 horsepower | 437 horsepower||305 horsepower | 395 horsepower | 260 horsepower|
|Torque||405 lb-ft(SR) | 479 lb-ft | 583 lb-ft||269 lb-ft | 410 lb-ft | 480 lb-ft|
|Transmission||10-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|MPG Rating||18/24 mpg (SR) | 18/23 mpg | 20/24 mpg||20/25 mpg | 17/23 mpg | 23/33 mpg|
The cabin area is comparable in these two trucks
The legroom and headroom in the front seat of the crew cab versions of these two trucks are extremely similar. Where you see a degree of separations is in the rear. The Toyota Tundra Crewmax offers 41.6 inches of legroom, while the Ram 1500 Crew Cab delivers 45.2 inches.
Does the Ram 1500 tow more than that Toyota Tundra?
Autoguide.com tells us the Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and payload numbers reaching 1,940 pounds. Moving to the Ram, we see a maximum towing number of 12,700 pounds and payload capabilities up to 2,300 pounds. This puts the Ram ahead of the Toyota truck regarding capability.
Are these safe trucks to drive?
The Toyota Tundra comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 system, which features:
- Pre-Collision System
- Advanced pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Radar cruise control
- Lane tracing assist
- Automatic high beams
- Road sign assist
The Ram 1500 isn’t a slouch when it comes to safety. You’ll find:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Forward collision mitigation
- Lane departure warning
- Parking sensor system
- Optional safety items on higher trims
While you can have identical safety equipment in the Ram 1500 that comes in the Toyota Tundra, the Toyota truck offers more items in the base trims. You’ll have to climb the trim levels to enjoy the safety features you want in the Ram pickup.
Does styling matter in the truck you drive?
Styling could matter, and picking between these two trucks could be difficult. The Toyota Tundra is newer than the Ram 1500, but both are handsome trucks with bold, attention-grabbing qualities that make you want to take a second look. It’s easy to admire the big size and impressive presence these two workhorses bring to the road.
Should you buy the Toyota Tundra or the Ram 1500?
Toyota took a leap and added a hybrid powertrain and only gives you V6 engines for the Tundra. Ram continues to bring engines with names you know, including Pentastar and Hemi while also offering a diesel engine. If you’re looking for the more powerful and affordable option, the Ram 1500 has the Toyota Tundra beat. When you want the newest truck in the market and the Toyota reputation for reliability, you’ll want to drive the Tundra, not the Ram.
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