2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Ram 1500 Classic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ram 1500 Classic has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Tundra has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Toyota Tundra has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Tundra’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Tundra (except SR/TRD Pro)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Tundra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Ram 1500 Classic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

178

254

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

33 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

474/515 lbs.

751/404 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

291

306

Neck Stress

205 lbs.

224 lbs.

Neck Compression

70 lbs.

93 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

15

16

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

147 G’s

Hip Force

120 lbs.

192 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

19 G’s

25 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

24 inches

HIC

396

483

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

48 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Toyota Tundra has a better fatality history. The Tundra was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 26.1% lower per vehicle registered than the Ram 1500 Classic, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ram doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 1500 Classic.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Tundra has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500 Classic.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tundra’s reliability 32 points higher than the Ram 1500 Classic.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tundra third among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 Classic isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ram is ranked 26th.

Engine

The Tundra’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 76 more horsepower (381 vs. 305) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 269) than the Ram 1500 Classic’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra is faster than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

1500 Classic V6

1500 Classic V8

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.5 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

13.3 sec

12.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

86.7 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram 1500 Classic with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Tundra’s optional fuel tank has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500 Classic’s optional fuel tank (38 vs. 32 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Tundra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

1500 Classic

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.2 inches

The Tundra stops much shorter than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

199 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Tundra’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram 1500 Classic’s optional 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145.7 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.6 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145.7 inches

140.5 inches

The Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 handles at .72 G’s, while the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tundra’s turning circle is tighter than the Ram 1500 Classic’s:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

45.1 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

45.4 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the Tundra Short Bed CrewMax has 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ram 1500 Classic (10.4 vs. 9.2 inches), allowing the Tundra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the Ram 1500 Classic (10.6 vs. 9.2 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Tundra Short Bed Platinum CrewMax 4x4 is quieter than the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 (67 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space

The Tundra CrewMax has 1.5 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tundra CrewMax’s rear seats recline. The Ram 1500 Classic’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Tundra Double Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab (82.5 vs. 57.5 cubic feet). The Tundra Double Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Classic Quad Cab (66.3 vs. 57.5 cubic feet).

The Tundra CrewMax has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab (56.1 vs. 50.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Tundra. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500 Classic’s (9800 vs. 4430 pounds).

The Tundra has a higher standard payload capacity than the Ram 1500 Classic (1560 vs. 1500 lbs.).

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Tundra Platinum/1794 offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Tundra Platinum/1794, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tundra’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500 Classic Quad/Crew Cab’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Tundra’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Consumer Reports rated the Tundra’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Ram 1500 Classic’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tundra detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Ram 1500 Classic only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ram charges extra for heated mirrors on the Ram 1500 Classic.

When the Tundra Platinum/1794 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ram 1500 Classic’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tundra Platinum/1794 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tundra has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tundra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Tundra and the Ram 1500 Classic, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2015 issue and the Toyota Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 won out over the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4.

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