2018 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra

Drivers all across the Detroit area, from New Baltimore to Richmond, love their light duty pickup trucks. For many years, Ram has been a mainstay name in this class, offering superior performance and a driving experience that’s nothing short of luxury. Now, the Toyota Tundra has stepped up to the mat to challenge the top dog spot.

Can the Tundra stand against this legacy? It’s a solid pickup, but Ram has been a class leader for a long time, for very good reason. Check out what happens when the 2018 Ram 1500 goes against the new Toyota Tundra in a battle of light-duty pickup trucks, and where to test drive one today.

2018 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra

Both the new 2018 Ram 1500 and the current model of Toyota Tundra hit showrooms with a number of new changes. The Ram gives you a number of new trim levels, including the agricultural-themed Harvest Edition and the luxurious Limited Tungsten Edition. It also comes with a new version of the Uconnect infotainment interface that delivers a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot as well as improved touchscreen and full smartphone app integration.

The Tundra gets the Toyota Safety Sense package that gives a range of active safety features like lane departure and lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, and crash warning functions, but it’s an add-on, and the safety features it adds are largely standard. Also available on some trim levels is the new Sport package.

Performance Ratings

Performance is what a pickup truck is all about, and in this area the Ram really shines. The base engine on the ram is a 3.6-liter V6 which is capable of 305 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Also available are two upgraded engines, a 5.7-liter V8 with 395 horses and 410 pound-feet for torque, and a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that gives you 240 horses with a powerful 420 pound-feet.

This all comes together to give you a maximum towing capacity, properly equipped, of 10,620 pounds. Toyota, by comparison, has only two V8 engine options, and neither offer the kind of power that the Ram’s V8 does. Even properly equipped, the Tundra’s best configuration only offers 10,100 lbs. of towing capacity. It’s a solid pickup, but it can’t measure up to the Ram offering.

Technology and Infotainment

Again, Ram has really upped its game in the technology area this year. The new 1500 is available with the Uconnect infotainment system featuring an 8.4-inch touchscreen, GPS navigation, full Android and Apple smartphone app integration, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi integrated hotspot to connect your devices.

Toyota, on the other hand, gives you a good package, but it’s only got a 7-inch touchscreen and fewer features than Ram offers. Specifically, there is no available wi-fi hotspot on the new Toyota Tundra at any level.

Test Drive the Ram 1500 at Dick Huvaere’s CDJR

If you’d like to check out the winner of this battle, it’s the 2018 Ram 1500. Stop in to Dick Huvaere’s CDJR today and ask about getting out on the roads of New Baltimore, the Detroit area or Richmond today!