For your busy life in the Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg areas, you'll need a pickup truck that can keep up. You'll be happy to hear that there's not one but two pickup trucks on the market today that can do much more than keep up.

To give you an idea of how the 2020 Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra stack up when it comes to performance, capability, technology, and more, our team at Ray Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram put together this in-depth comparison.


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Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Truck Personalization

In order to ensure that your next truck is the perfect fit for you, you'll want to have plenty of customization options. You'll get this with both the 1500 and the Tundra thanks to their various trim levels and cab options.

The Ram 1500 has six trim levels to choose from, each with their own unique features. Decide how many rows of seats you need, how big of a bed you need, and how powerful of an engine you need. Additionally, all six trim levels can be equipped with either a 4x2 drivetrain or a 4x4 drivetrain.

     

You'll also be able to customize the Toyota Tundra. Choose between a 2-door or 4-door model and between Rear-Wheel Drive and 4WD. Ultimately, you'll have six trim levels to choose from as well.

Where the Ram 1500 pulls ahead of the Toyota Tundra is with the various packages and accessories you can select from. For instance, with the available Off-Road group, you'll get:

  • Electronic locking rear axle
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Heavy-duty shock absorbers

1500 vs Tundra: Engine Options

The new Ram 1500 has four powerful engine configurations in its lineup, giving you far more customizability than the Toyota Tundra, which offers a single motor.

The base motor in the 2020 Ram 1500 would be the reliable 3.6L Pentastar® V6 that comes with eTorque technology. From there, you can move to the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine.

Lastly, there's the 5.7L HEMI® V8, which essentially serves as two motors depending on whether you equip it with eTorque technology. A standard 8-speed automatic transmission will be mated to whichever engine you choose.

The Toyota Tundra can't keep up with the many engines offered in the Ram 1500. The lone option for Toyota is a 5.7L V8 and the accompanying 6-speed automatic transmission.

Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Media & Technology

Both the Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra are just as smart on the inside as they are powerful on the outside.

Available in the Ram truck is the Uconnect® 4C NAV system, which comes with a 12-inch touchscreen, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and turn-by-turn navigation. Similar features can be found in the Tundra's available infotainment system.  

However, the Ram comes armed with active noise cancellation, a system that reduces ambient sound. That way, you can fully enjoy your favorite podcasts, songs, and shows without interruption from the noises of the outside world.

Plus, the Ram 1500 has a 12-inch touchscreen as we previously mentioned. The largest touchscreen for the Tundra? It only comes to eight inches!

If you enjoy listening to music, the Ram 1500 again outdoes the Toyota Tundra. While the Tundra offers a sound system with just 12 speakers, your Ram 1500 can be upgraded with the Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System, which includes 19 speakers and genuine stainless-steel speaker grilles.

Maximum Towing Capacity and Payload

When it comes to on-the-job capability, both trucks are trustworthy; however, the 2020 Ram 1500 has a higher ceiling than the Toyota Tundra.

When properly equipped with the right engine and towing equipment, the Ram 1500 towing capacity can reach a maximum of 12,750 pounds. In addition to towing, the payload is a robust 2,300 pounds.

Comparatively, the Toyota Tundra peaks at 1,730 pounds of payload. As for the towing capacity, the most you can pull is 10,200 pounds.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Technology

Both the Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra rely upon cutting-edge safety technology to keep you protected on worksites and highways.

The Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite that provides Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Alert, and other features. The Ram 1500 is similarly well-stocked at the standard level with the following systems:

  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Hill Start Assist
  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Ready-Alert Braking
  • Trailer Sway Damping

One system that is unique to the Ram 1500 would be the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. Once you've engaged the proper gear position and have lined the truck up correctly, all you have to do is work the brake and accelerator as the truck automatically steers itself into position.

Another practical system of the Ram 1500 is the available 360° Surround View Camera. Not only will you get an unprecedented view of your truck as you reverse out of the driveway, but you'll also see any obstacles or barriers that are around you.

While the Toyota Tundra offers comparable systems, such as the front and rear parking assist sonar, they're not as comprehensive as the Ram 1500's features.

Finally, the Ram 1500 has an exceptionally resilient structure and responsive brakes with massive stopping power. These brakes are standard and check in at 14.9 inches. Their overall power will quickly lessen the momentum of your truck, whether you have a trailer attached or are just moving at a high speed.

To provide resistance during collisions, the Ram 1500 has a high-strength steel body. In fact, 98% of the structure is made of steel, which not only improves resistance to collisions but will help your truck deliver reliable performance even as you travel off-road or work in inclement weather.

An Eye Towards Efficiency

While power is typically the main draw for folks looking in the truck segment, it's still appreciated to have a model that doesn't require constant stops at the pump. The 2020 Ram 1500 makes a concerted effort to improve efficiency, while the Toyota Tundra lags behind in this regard.

It all starts with the EPA-estimated fuel economies. For a 2020 Ram 1500 equipped with the 3.6L V6, your truck will receive an impressive EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG. Those numbers dwarf the Toyota Tundra, which reaches just 13 city/18 highway MPG according to EPA estimates.

Beyond the MPG, there are other systems in place that will boost the efficiency of your Ram 1500. Once the model passes 30 MPH, the active front air dam system will automatically drop 2.5 inches. The goal here is to reduce drag.

Also factoring into efficiency is the aerodynamics of the sleek Ram 1500. For instance, the hood is elevated, optimizing air deflection from the wiper area and front windshield. The sculpted roof design can't be forgotten either as it plays a key role in directing air to the rear spoiler.

In total, the drag coefficient of the Ram 1500 is an astounding .357, a number that is even more impressive when considering how large the truck is.

Comparing the Beds of Both Trucks

Everyday work is a little easier when you have a truck with helpful exterior features throughout the bed. The Ram 1500 has always been a leader in this area-and that again holds true for 2020 when compared to the Toyota Tundra.

It's not that the Tundra has a difficult-to-work-with bed. The deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats is plenty handy, for example. It's just that the Tundra can't match the cutting-edge versatility of the Ram 1500.

The RamBox® Cargo Management System is a good place to get started. This class-exclusive feature embeds versatile, lockable, and illuminated storage bins into each side of your truck's bed. This added storage is helpful for long road trips or long days on the worksite.

A pair of 115-volt outlets can also be found in the rear, giving you the chance to charge your many battery-powered tools.

Getting into the bed or storing and removing cargo is much simpler in the Ram 1500 as well. The Ram truck touts a multifunction tailgate with 60/40 split swing-away doors. With this unique gate, you can either open your bed like a traditional truck or open these swinging doors as wide as 88°.

You won't have to be around your truck to open the tailgate, either. With a power-releasing capability that is activated using your key fob, you can open up the bed without having to be in the vicinity.

Finally, the available nitrogen and oil-charged dampened tailgate has been rigidly tested to ensure smooth accessibility no matter the climate that you find yourself in. Neither excessive heat nor frigid cold will stop your Ram 1500 from completing its job!

Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: The Verdict

Now that you have a better idea of what the Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra have to offer, we hope you're feeling confident about which truck would be the best fit for you.

However, we believe drivers in Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Stroudsburg, and East Stroudsburg will appreciate the Ram 1500's potent engine lineup, exceptional towing power, and upgraded entertainment technology.

The only way to know for sure is to get behind the wheel of the new Ram 1500. Give us a call at Ray Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today and we'd be happy to set you up with a test drive!

 

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