2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2020 Ram 1500

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Safety

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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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Ram 1500 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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.

Reliability

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

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 57 points higher than the Ram 1500.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tundra third among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Ram 1500 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.

Engine

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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’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid.

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

Tundra

1500 V6 hybrid gas

1500 V8

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.9 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

8.5 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

14.6 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.5 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

84.5 MPH

93.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ram 1500 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 standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tundra’s optional fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank (38 vs. 33 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Tundra higher (5 out of 10) than the Ram 1500 (1 to 5). This means the Tundra produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ram 1500 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tundra stops shorter than the Ram 1500:

Tundra

Ram 1500

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

Tundra

Ram 1500

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

144.6 inches

The Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 handles at .72 G’s, while the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .71 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 1 seconds quicker than the Ram 1500 short bed Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

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

Tundra

Ram 1500

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

46.2 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

44 feet

46.2 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.2 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.2 feet

Cargo Capacity

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The Tundra Double Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Quad Cab shortbed (66.3 vs. 61.5 cubic feet).

The Tundra CrewMax has a much larger cargo box than the Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (56.1 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

The Tundra’s cargo box is larger than the Ram 1500’s in almost every dimension:

Tundra CrewMax

Tundra Double Cab

Ram 1500 Quad Cab

Length (short/long)

66.7”

78.7”/97.6”

76.3”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

66.4”

Min Width

50”

50”

51”

Height

22.2”

22.2”

21.5”

The Toyota Tundra has a standard Easy Lower and Lift Tailgate, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ram 1500.

Towing

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The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500’s (9800 vs. 6390 pounds).

Ergonomics

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

Economic Advantages

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The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 61.26% to 68.55% of its original price after five years, while the Ram 1500 only retains 52.84% to 59.35%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Ram 1500 because typical repairs cost less on the Tundra than the Ram 1500, including $56 less for front struts and $45 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tundra will be $6795 to $7637 less than for the Ram 1500.

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