Learn How the New 2019 Ram 1500 Compares to its Toyota Tundra Rival

The Ram 1500 received a makeover for the 2019 model year, with the all-new pickup coming out both longer and lighter than previous generation models. Even with its reduced weight, the Ram 1500 is stronger than ever, making it an even-more attractive choice in a highly competitive segment.

We thought it would be interesting to see how the new Ram 1500 pickup fared it a heat-to-head competition with one of its more popular class rivals, the Toyota Tundra. Let's see how things turned out, shall we?


For our comparison, we took a look at entry level models of each truck, with two-wheel drive capability. The Ram 1500 does start at a slightly higher Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, but that savings of a few hundred dollars is quickly erased when you consider the Ram 1500 delivers much better estimated fuel economy both in the city and on the highway. Plus, the Ram 1500 includes standard features that aren't included with the base Tundra, so when we look at comparably equipped trucks the Ram 1500 clearly offers the better total value.


The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that powers the Ram 1500 features eTorque mild hybrid technology to deliver 90 pounds of supplemental torque, helping the pickup to deliver nearly the same performance as the Tundra's standard 4.6-liter V8 engine makes. However, as we noted earlier, the Ram 1500 is able to deliver an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway; the Tundra is only capable of achieving 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

If you're looking for more power, each pickup has optional engines available. The Ram features an available 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 -- with or without the eTorque mild hybrid technology -- that generates 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The Tundra offers a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. That difference shows up when we look at maximum towing capability, with the Ram rated to tow up to 12,750 pounds -- while the Tundra tops out at 10,200 pounds.


While these are base models that we're comparing, don't make the mistake of thinking that they're stripped-down, no-frills work trucks. Both feature standard amenities like intermittent wipers, heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, auto-off headlights, power steering, auxiliary audio input, and an MP3 player. However, the Ram 1500 includes standard keyless start, variable speed intermittent wipers, privacy glass, and a passenger vanity mirror, none of which are available for the base Tundra model.


Base models of each pickup come with multiple standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, brake assist, rearview camera, wireless cell phone connectivity, child safety locks, and tire pressure monitoring. Daytime running lights come standard on the Ram 1500, but are an added cost for the Tundra.

Explore the 2019 Ram 1500 at our Torrington Showroom

We hope that you're as impressed by the Ram 1500 and its many advantages offered when compared to the Toyota Tundra. When you have some free time, why not stop by our showroom and take a closer look at our Ram 1500 inventory? Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have, explain features in greater detail, and arrange for you to take an informative test drive.


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