2020 Toyota Tundra vs 2020 Ram 1500
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2020 Toyota Tundra vs 2020 Ram 1500

By Autolist Staff | September 28 2020

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

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2020 Toyota Tundra score: 6.6/10

Highlights:

-Spacious back seats.

  • Tons of cutting-edge technological amenities.
  • Impressive reliability and resale value.
  • Powerful V8 engine

2020 Ram 1500 score: 8/10

Highlights:
  • Rides more like a car than any of its rivals.
  • High-quality interior with generous space.
  • Wide range of technology options.
  • Efficient engine options.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Toyota Tundra: 7/10

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2020 Toyota Tundra a safety rating of four out of five. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave this truck Poor to Good crash test ratings.

  • All trim levels of this new pickup truck feature the Safety Sense P driver assistance suite of passive and active safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, radar cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking.

  • Each Tundra also comes with anti-lock brakes, eight airbags, a backup camera, stability control, and trailer sway control.

  • The safety features that come with this truck work well. Unfortunately, the vehicle's adaptive cruise control isn't helpful in stop-and-go traffic, since it isn't full-speed.

Ram 1500: 7/10

  • This Ram is one of the few trucks to be awarded the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Top Safety Pick+). The safety agency found the Ram performed well in all regards, including front and side crashes, as well as headlight performance and accident avoidance.

  • It's available with driver assistance technology features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. While these are options on most versions, such features were uncommon on most full-size pickup trucks up until a few years ago.

Value:

Toyota Tundra: 7/10

  • Compared to its rivals in the full-size pickup market, the 2020 Toyota Tundra has an impressive array of features but an outdated design with mediocre handling.

  • Given all its standard features and its solid resale value, the Tundra's starting price of $35,000 is reasonable for this market.

  • Toyota Tundras tend to stay reliable for a long time, so drivers don't need to worry much about premature maintenance costs.

Ram 1500: 5/10

  • The Ram 1500 starts around $32,000 for a basic work truck. There are numerous different trim levels, but the most luxurious ones can surpass $70,000 with options. However, Ram -- like most truck makers -- has been known to offer generous incentives on some 1500 models.

  • Common options on some trims are lumped into expensive option packages, which can quickly drive up the sticker price. Engine choices and four-wheel-drive options can also widely alter the price.

Efficiency:

Toyota Tundra: 7/10

  • Full-size trucks rarely have strong fuel economy, and the 2020 Tundra is no exception. According to the EPA, the rear-wheel-drive version of this truck gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on highways for a combined 15 mpg, whereas the full-wheel-drive version gets 13 and 17 mpg on city roads and highways, respectively, for a combined 14 mpg. Just remember that offroading and cargo hauling can tax your fuel economy dramatically.

  • The base truck's fuel tank can hold 26.4 gallons, while the TRD Pro trim level can hold 38 gallons. Many competitors have mild-hybrid or diesel variants, but the Tundra just has one engine, and, in terms of fuel efficiency, this engine falls short of the V8s available for the Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Ram 1500: 6/10

  • As full-size pickup trucks go, the Ram 1500 is fairly fuel-efficient, achieving up to 32 mpg highway on some versions. Most versions and cab styles don't get quite that high of a rating, but the Ram 1500 is still among the most efficient vehicles of its type.

  • It offers a range of engines, including a V8 with a mild-hybrid system and an available V6 turbodiesel. However, some of these options can be expensive depending on the model, so long-term cost savings largely depends on what the vehicle will be used for.

Driving Experience:

Toyota Tundra: 7/10

  • Just one engine sits in the 2020 Toyota Tundra, a competitive 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 capable of 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission carries over from previous models and shows its age with slow gearshifts.

  • Acceleration isn't bad, though, as the Tundra can reach 60 mph in about seven seconds. The brake pedal feels clunky, but the Tundra can brake down from 70 mph in just 190 feet. Visibility in the new Tundra is impressive.

  • The new Tundra lacks the smooth ride of the Dodge Ram 1500 or Ford F-150, especially when the bed lacks cargo or when the vehicle's riding over a bumpy road. In addition, the truck's large size makes navigating narrow spaces difficult, and parking can be especially tricky.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • There is a wide range of engine choices. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard on many models, while a 5.7-liter V8 is a popular option. This V8 is also available with a special eTorque electric-assist system for more power and efficiency. Finally, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel offers greater efficiency. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

  • The Ram 1500's ride has a car-like quality. It may remind some of a full-size sedan on the highway, which is a significant improvement on even some SUVs, thanks to its distinctive rear suspension design. Available air suspension can make towing easier by keeping the rear of the truck level, or add more ground clearance if necessary. It also makes entry and exit easier because it can be lowered. It's still a large vehicle, though.

Tech Features:

Toyota Tundra: 6/10

  • The 2020 Tundra come standard with a wealth of technological amenities, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a seven-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment system.

  • The Entune touchscreen infotainment system has a smooth, responsive interface but small buttons that some drivers may find unintuitive. Fortunately, menu shortcut buttons flank the display, and you can preset your favorite radio station on Entune for convenience.

  • Three USB ports are available, and all trim levels of this new car are smartphone-compatible. The base trim Tundra features a six-speaker stereo, but the Double Cab Tundra SR5 comes with a seven-speaker stereo, while the CrewMax SR5 stereo has nine speakers.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • Buyers can choose from a lot of in-car technology, including three different touchscreen sizes that include a portrait-style 12-inch screen.

  • Functions such as the climate controls and available navigation system are easy to use, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard on most levels. Most models include USB charging points throughout the cabin.

  • Other features include a surround-view camera and trailer assist system, adaptive cruise control, and a tailgate that can be opened and lowered with a button on the key.

Style & Design:

Toyota Tundra: 6/10

  • Like earlier versions of Toyota's pickup line, the 2020 Tundra's body style may not please everyone. A large grille dominates the front, and bulky, old-fashioned lines characterize the styling. The truck boasts chrome bumpers and a tailgate bearing the word "Tundra."

  • The Tundra comes standard with a 145.7-inch wheelbase, but the long-bed extended cab version of the truck has a wheelbase of 164.6 inches. The Tundra ranges in length from 228.9 to 247.8 inches, depending on the trim. Most 2020 Tundras are 79.9 inches wide and 76 to 76.4 inches tall, with the TRD Pro trim level being 77.2 inches tall. The base model comes with 18-inch steel wheels, but 20-inch alloy wheels are on offer as well.

  • Function precedes form with the 2020 Toyota Tundra. Compared to most rivals in 2020, the vehicle's cabin materials are lackluster, though many people may find the soft surfaces and seat stitching of the leather upholstery comfortable.

  • The truck's interior is roomy. Occupants in the front seats enjoy 42.5 inches of legroom. The back seats offer 34.7 and 42.3 inches of legroom for the Double Cab and CrewMax models, respectively.

  • A six-way power-adjustable passenger seat is available for extra comfort, as is a 10- or 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

  • One unique trick the Tundra has up its sleeve is an optional rear window that rolls down completely, giving far more access and ventilation than most trucks' small sliding window section.

Ram 1500: 8/10

  • Nearly each Ram 1500 trim level offers a different grille or set of wheel designs. The work trucks are minimalistic, while the uplevel Laramie trim comes with lots of chrome trim and big chrome wheels. Also, the Rebel models boast more off-road credentials with large tires, modified suspension, and an aggressive grille. An available Night Edition appearance package on some models adds darkened exterior trim.

  • Options include useful features such as the RamBox built-in lockable storage containers on either side of the bed, which can be operated with the key. And the available multi-function tailgate can open in various ways, rather than only drop down as on nearly all pickups' tailgates, to give various loading and unloading options depending on the need.

Practicality:

Toyota Tundra: 6/10

  • The base Tundra has a towing capacity of 8,800 pounds, though a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 pounds is available for higher trims. The vehicle's payload capacity is 1,520 to 1,730 pounds, depending on the trim level.

  • This full-size truck has ample cargo space, with three bed lengths on offer: 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8.1 feet. Each bed is 22.2 inches deep and 50 inches wide. With each bed comes optional amenities, such as lights, power outlets, tie-downs, and a storage compartment.

  • The Double Cab comes with an extra storage compartment under the back seats. None of the Tundra's seats fold flat, though the rear seats can fold up.

  • Compared to other full-size trucks, the Tundra is about average in terms of practicality and lacks special perks. In addition, the vehicle's towing capacity is below average.

Ram 1500: 9/10

  • The Ram 1500 is available in a Crew Cab or full four-door Quad Cab, depending on how much space inside is needed. Two bed lengths are offered, as well. However, these are somewhat dependent on the trim level. All models offer generous head and legroom in all seating positions.

  • The optional RamBoxes built into the sides of the bed add some useful lockable storage, while the multi-function tailgate can support up to 2,000 pounds. Payload capacity can go up to 2,320 pounds, while the maximum towing capacity is 12,750.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Annual Fuel Costs

$2,327
15k miles at $2.172/gal
$1,916
15k miles at $2.172/gal
Fuel Economy

13 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
17 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
21 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

NHTSA Crash Test Results

Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ram Ram Pickup 1500

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
4X2
Drivetrain
4X2
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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Horsepower
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