Truck Wars: 2022 Toyota Tundra Vs. 2021 Ram 1500

The 2022 Toyota Tundra release is shaking things up for the full-size truck vehicle class. The Ram 1500 pickup truck has reigned supreme as the best full-size pickup truck for years. Its only real competition has been the Ford F-150. How does the new 2022 Toyota Tundra stack up against the class-leading 2021 Ram 1500?

The 2022 Toyota Tundra release means trouble for the competition

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is groundbreaking. The Tundra has not been redesigned in over a decade. It has finally got a refresh and is ready to compete.

The Toyota Tundra has long been dominated by the likes of Ram and Ford pickup trucks. Thanks to its lack of a redesign, it has struggled to move up in rankings for years. Now, the Toyota Tundra has a new powertrain, features, and specs.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra used a Toyota 3.5-liter twin-turbo i-FORCE engine that makes 389 horsepower. It has a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds. The new Tundra’s gas mileage has yet to be released. It is expected to start at about $35,000.

The new Toyota Tundra also comes in a hybrid option that makes a whopping 437 horsepower using a 3.5-liter V6 i-FORCE MAX engine and dual electric motors. The Tundra that has long been criticized for being uncomfortable now features a resigned cabin that can include a panoramic moonroof. The cabin also got a significant tech upgrade with a massive 14-inch audio multimedia touchscreen infotainment system. It’s even got some cool easter eggs to look forward to.

The 2021 Ram 1500 is king of the hill

A white 2021 Ram 1500 parked in a field in front of a barbed wire fence separating it from a herd of cows.

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The Ram 1500 is no stranger to 1st place rankings. According to MotorTrend, the 2021 Ram 1500 is the best full-size pickup truck to buy in 2021. Ram has found the perfect balance of power and comfort for its full-size pickup truck.

The 2021 Ram 1500 makes 305 horsepower using its 3.6-liter V6 engine. It has a towing capacity of 7,740 pounds. The 2021 Ram 1500 gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. It starts at $32,795. The Ram has been the undisputed best full-size pickup truck for years, but the Tundra is far from the same truck that it was just a short year ago.

Will the Ram 1500 lose sales after the upcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra release?

A gray 2022 Toyota Tundra  pickup truck.
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It’s good to be at the top, but comfort can also bring complacency. The 2021 Ram 1500 is the best full-size truck out now, but after the 2022 Toyota Tundra release, that may not be the case anymore. The 2022 Toyota Tundra could quickly climb in full-size truck rankings.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra can tow more than the current Ram 1500. It has a more impressive powertrain and a dynamic hybrid option. Toyota gave the Tundra’s cabin a fresh new look that rivals the Ram 1500 cabin. It sounds blasphemous, but the new Tundra may just be the better truck. Ram better watch its back. There’s a new full-size truck in town.

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