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Compare the New 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck to the 2016 Toyota Tundra

Safety

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Ram 1500. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Tundra.

The Ram 1500 Big Horn/Lone Star/Sport/Laramie offers optional UConnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tundra doesn't offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you're involved in an accident and you're incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Tundra 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, front parking sensors and available rearview cameras.

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


Ram 1500

Tundra


Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

27%

41%

Neck Stress

353 lbs.

367 lbs.


Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

44%

50%

Leg Forces (l/r)

597/346 lbs.

557/390 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ram 1500 is safer than the Toyota Tundra:


Ram 1500

Tundra


Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

681 lbs.

682 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Ram dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 1500's warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ram 1500 second among large light duty pickups in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Tundra isn't in the top three.

Engine

The Ram 1500's optional 5.7 V8 produces 14 more horsepower (395 vs. 381) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 401) than the Tundra's optional 5.7 DOHC V8.

The Ram 1500's 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 327) than the Tundra's standard 4.6 DOHC V8. The Ram 1500's 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 401) than the Tundra's optional 5.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 gets better fuel mileage than the Tundra:



Ram 1500

Tundra


4x2

5.7 V8/8-spd Auto

15 city/22 hwy

15 city/19 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto


5.7 V8/6-spd Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

5.7 V8/8-spd Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto


5.7 V8/6-spd Auto

13 city/19 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine's cylinders helps improve the Ram 1500 V8's fuel efficiency. The Tundra doesn't offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 HFE's engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn't accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tundra doesn't offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ram 1500, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tundra.

Brakes and Stopping

The Ram 1500 stops much shorter than the Tundra:


Ram 1500

Tundra


70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

197 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

154 feet

178 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Tundra (265/70R17 vs. 255/70R18). The Ram 1500 Sport's tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tundra (285/45R22 vs. 275/65R18).

The Ram 1500 Sport's tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794 Edition's 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Tundra's largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Ram 1500 has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The Tundra's suspension doesn't offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Tundra, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tundra doesn't offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Tundra doesn't offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ram 1500's drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tundra doesn't offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G's, while the Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .67 G's of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ram 1500 short bed Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend's "Figure Eight" maneuver quicker than the Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 (29 seconds @ .56 average G's vs. 29.5 seconds @ .56 average G's).

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


Ram 1500

Tundra

Regular Cab Standard Bed

39.5 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

39.5 feet

44 feet

Regular Cab Standard Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

39.8 feet

44 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

45.4 feet

n/a

Chassis

The Ram 1500 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Toyota Tundra.

The front grille of the Ram 1500 (except Rebel) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tundra doesn't offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4:


1500

Tundra

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tundra (125.3 vs. 117).

The Ram 1500 Regular Cab has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front hip room than the Tundra Regular Cab.

The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra Double Cab.

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity

The Ram 1500 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tundra doesn't offer stake post holes.

The Ram 1500 has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the Tundra is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck's chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Tundra is limited to 10,500 pounds. The Ram 1500 Regular Cab offers up to a 10,640 lbs. towing capacity.

The Ram 1500 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Tundra:


Ram 1500

Tundra

Extended Cab 1500

1890 lbs.

1585 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

1690 lbs.

1540 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1710 lbs.

1485 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1500 lbs.

1430 lbs.

The Ram 1500 has higher optional payload capacities than the Tundra:


Ram 1500

Tundra

Extended Cab 1500

1890 lbs.

1715 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

1830 lbs.

1650 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1710 lbs.

1620 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1640 lbs.

1555 lbs.

Servicing Ease

The Ram 1500 offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The Tundra doesn't offer an under hood light.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Ram 1500 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn't offer a maintenance reminder on the Tundra.

Ergonomics

The Ram 1500 Laramie's standard easy entry system glides the driver's seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tundra doesn't offer an easy entry system.

The power windows available on both the Ram 1500 and the Tundra have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ram 1500 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Tundra prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Keyless Enter 'n Go optional on the Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie allows you to unlock the doors and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Tundra doesn't offer an advanced key system.

The Ram 1500's standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Tundra SR's standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The Ram 1500 Sport/Laramie's optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tundra SR5/Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD's manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Tundra has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Platinum/1794 Edition.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 Sport/Rebel/Laramie detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tundra doesn't offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ram 1500's optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Tundra's power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Ram 1500 and the Tundra offer available heated front seats. The Ram 1500 Crew/Quad Cab Laramie also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren't available in the Tundra.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Ram 1500's optional (except Tradesman/Express/HFE/SLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tundra doesn't offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Ram 1500 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ram 1500 will cost $560 less than the Tundra over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ram 1500 is less expensive to operate than the Tundra because typical repairs cost much less on the Ram 1500 than the Tundra, including $49 less for a water pump, $95 less for an alternator, $16 less for front brake pads, $532 less for a starter, $177 less for fuel injection, $453 less for a fuel pump, $57 less for front struts, $1387 less for a timing belt/chain and $380 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its February 2015 issue and they ranked the Ram 1500 short bed Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 higher than the Toyota Tundra Short Bed Platinum CrewMax 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ram 1500 second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner's expectations. The Tundra isn't in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Ram 1500 is ranked third in the Full-Size Pickup category. The Toyota Tundra is ranked below average.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2014 Truck of the Year. The Tundra was Truck of the Year in 2008.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine's "All Stars" for 4 of the last 6 years. The Tundra has never been an "All Star."

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The Tundra has never been chosen.

The Ram Pickup outsold the Toyota Tundra by almost four to one during the 2015 model year.

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