New Ram 2021 Ram 1500 vs 2021 Toyota Tundra near Fort Wayne in Wabash IN near Fort Wayne
2021 Ram 1500 vs 2021 Toyota Tundra near Fort Wayne
The Ram is one of the most popular pickup trucks in America, and Car and Driver magazine recently wrote that it excels because it does everything well rather than chase accolades for best in class. As it is one of major American pickups, we and others spend a lot of time comparing it to the Ford F-150, the Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500. But what of the trucks from the Asian automakers? The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup that has proved quite popular in its own right, and we thought it would be fun to compare the 2021 Ram 1500 vs 2021 Toyota Tundra and see how these two trucks stack up.
Exterior – Ram Dealer serving Fort Wayne IN
The 2021 Toyota Tundra is available in three body styles overall. Toyota offers a double cab with either a 6.5-foot bed or an 8.1-foot bed, but note that the longer bed is limited to the SR5 trim level. Toyota also offers its CrewMax cab with a 5.5-foot bed. The Tundra double is an extended cab, but it only has two doors. The CrewMax is a traditional crew cab with four full-sized doors. The 2021 Ram 1500 is available with either a quad cab or a crew cab. Both are extended cabs, but the crew has four full-sized doors whereas the quad has smaller rear doors. The quad cab is paired with a 6.3-foot bed, and the crew cab is available with a 6.6-foot bed. For those considering either the quad or double as opposed to a crew cab, we feel that the Ram model has a significant advantage in offering four doors rather than just two.
Both the Ram 1500 and the Tundra can seat either five or six. This is true of all cab styles, but seating availability does depend on trim level. When it comes to comparing spaciousness, there is an interesting difference in approach. Toyota seeks to find a balance between the front and rear seating. Front legroom is 42.5 inches. Rear legroom in the double is 34.7 inches, and rear legroom in the crew is 42.3 inches. Ram adheres to a more traditional American design philosophy, which in in a nutshell is that about 41 inches is enough for the front row and the more the better in the second. The 2021 Ram 1500 provides 40.9 inches up front. The quad provides 35.6 inches in the rear, and the crew provides 45.2 inches, which is among best-in-class. Ram also offers about an inch more headroom across the board.
Ram 1500 Mechanical specs
All 2021 Toyota Tundra models have the same powertrain. It combines a six-speed automatic transmission with a 5.7L V8 that delivers 381 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard. Four-wheel drive is available with all trim levels. Ram has an advantage in catering to a wider audience because it offers powertrain options. All Ram 1500 models have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive are available. The base engine is a 3.6L V6 that delivers 305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. This engine also features eTorque, which helps to improve fuel performance, and striking a balance between performance and fuel economy is the primary goal here. Those who want the V8 have the option of a 5.7L V8 that delivers 395 hp and 410 lb.-ft. and which can be had with or without eTorque. Drivers who prefer a diesel powertrain can opt for a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 that delivers 260 hp and 480 lb.-ft.
Tech – Ram Dealership in Fort Wayne IN
The base model in both cases features a 7.0-inch color high-definition touchscreen with a rearview camera system and Apple and Android device integration. Ram adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the Laramie trim along with a frontal collision mitigation system. The Longhorn adds integrated navigation. The Limited adds a 12.0-inch touchscreen and integrated navigation. Options include a head-up display, a digital rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera and lane keeping. Toyota does not offer many of the advanced technologies Ram does, such as the HUD, digital mirror and trailering assists. But one thing it does have in its favor is that it adds the basic driver assists standard.
You can test-drive the 2021 Ram 1500 at our Ram dealership serving Wabash Fort Wayne Kokomo Marion Logansport. No appointment is needed. You can also contact Wabash Valley Chrysler by phone or via email and text. You can also shop with us online, and we have customer service reps available via live chat to provide custom quotes and whatever assistance you may need.