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Compare the2024 Toyota TundraVS 2024 Ram 1500 Classic

2024 Toyota Tundra
2024 Ram 1500 Classic

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer pretensioners for its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tundra are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Toyota Tundra has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The Tundra has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tundra has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Tundra has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tundra (except SR) offers an optional Parking Support Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor for objects to the rear and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tundra 4x4’s optional Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

The Toyota Tundra has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Tundra’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tundra (except SR) offers an optional Panoramic View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ram 1500 Classic only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Tundra (except SR)’s optional Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses sensors in the rear to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side and Parking Support Brake automatically engages the brakes to help avoid a collision. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a rear cross-path warning system.

Both the Tundra and the Ram 1500 Classic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

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

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

254

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/316 lbs.

751/404 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

225

306

Neck Injury Risk

37.4%

44%

Neck Compression

86 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

436/400 lbs.

597/346 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra Crew Cab Pickup is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab:

Tundra

1500 Classic

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

27 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.2/1.2 kN

4.6/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.75/.42

1.33/.59

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

102 lbs.

147 lbs.

Hip Force

129 lbs.

192 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

Hip Force

123 lbs.

156 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

24 inches

HIC

449

483

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

48 G’s

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Tundra earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Tundra’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Ram 1500 Classic was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

The Toyota Tundra achieved a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2024 model year. This recognition was based on its impressive performance in the small overlap frontal crash test, updated side impact crash test, headlight evaluations, and pedestrian crash prevention testing. The Ram 1500 Classic is not a “Top Safety Pick” for 2024.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, cabin filter replacement, brake fluid replacement, inspections, and any other required maintenance. Ram doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 1500 Classic.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Tundra have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Ram 1500 Classic.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tundra has a standard 776-amp battery. The Ram 1500 Classic’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota above average in long-term dependability. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Ram is rated below average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2024 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in overall reliability. Ram is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Tundra has more powerful engines than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Horsepower

Torque

Tundra SR 3.4 turbo V6

358 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 3.4 turbo V6

389 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 3.4 turbo V6 hybrid

437 HP

583 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 Classic 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Ram 1500 Classic 5.7 V8

395 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra turbo V6 is faster than the Ram 1500 Classic V8:

Tundra

1500 Classic

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.7 sec

12.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

20.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.4 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Tundra

RWD

3.4 turbo V6 Hybrid

20 city/24 hwy

SR 3.4 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

3.4 turbo V6 (389 HP)

18 city/23 hwy

AWD

3.4 turbo V6 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

SR/SR5 3.4 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

Limited/Platinum/1794 3.4 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

TRD Pro 3.4 turbo V6 Hybrid

18 city/20 hwy

Ram 1500 Classic

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

15 city/21 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/23 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

15 city/20 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Tundra i-FORCE MAX’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tundra’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. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Tundra Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a power remote release convenient to the driver. The fuel filler door is not lockable on the Ram 1500 Classic. A locking fuel door helps prevent fuel theft and vandalism, such as sugar in the tank.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Tundra, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ram 1500 Classic.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tundra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

1500 Classic

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.2 inches

The Tundra stops much shorter than the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

199 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tundra 5.5-foot bed TRD Pro Crew Cab Pickup’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ram 1500 Classic (285/65R18 vs. 275/60R20).

The Tundra Capstone’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ram 1500 Classic’s optional 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Ram 1500 Classic. The Tundra Capstone’s 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Toyota Tundra’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram 1500 Classic only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Tundra has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tundra offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Ram 1500 Classic’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Tundra Platinum/1794/Capstone has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ram 1500 Classic:

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145.7 inches

140.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.6 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145.7 inches

140.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157.7 inches

149.4 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tundra is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra 5.5-foot bed TRD Pro Crew Cab Pickup handles at .73 G’s, while the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tundra 5.5-foot bed Limited Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 (28.5 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The design of the Toyota Tundra amounts to more than styling. The Tundra has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Ram 1500 Classic (.36 to .363). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tundra get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Tundra 5.5-foot bed TRD Pro Crew Cab Pickup is quieter than the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 (32 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Tundra Crew Cab Pickup has .2 inches more front legroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Ram 1500 Classic Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Tundra. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

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The Tundra’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ram 1500 Classic’s (8300 vs. 4350 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram 1500 Classic Regular Cab is only 10620 pounds. The Tundra Extended Cab Pickup offers up to a 12000 lbs. towing capacity.

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

Tundra

Ram 1500 Classic

Extended Cab half ton

1940 lbs.

1930 lbs.

Crew Cab

1830 lbs.

1610 lbs.

Extended Cab half ton 4x4

1885 lbs.

1740 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

1820 lbs.

1430 lbs.

The Tundra Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Ram 1500 Classic short bed Crew Cab 4x4 (1820 vs. 1560 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Tundra Platinum/1794/Capstone offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro/Capstone, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro/Capstone’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Tundra (except SR/SR5/Limited/TRD Pro) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Tundra’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Ram 1500 Classic’s parking brake has to be released manually.

The Tundra’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ram 1500 Classic’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Tundra the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Ram 1500 Classic can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tundra’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks cost extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra has a standard Smart Key System that allows you to unlock the doors from either front door handle, unlock the tailgate, and start the engine, all without removing the key from the pocket or purse. Keyless Enter ‘n Go costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Ram 1500 Classic’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tundra Platinum/1794 Edition/Capstone’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ram 1500 Classic’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Tundra’s LED headlights produce a whiter, brighter light (up to 3x) using five times less power than the Ram 1500 Classic’s halogen headlights. LED lights also light instantly and last over twenty times longer than halogen.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tundra’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Ram 1500 Classic’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tundra detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Tundra to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Ram 1500 Classic only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ram charges extra for heated mirrors on the Ram 1500 Classic.

When the Tundra with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ram 1500 Classic’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Tundra and the Ram 1500 Classic offer available heated front seats. The Tundra Platinum/1794/Capstone also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Ram 1500 Classic.

The Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro/Capstone has standard front air conditioned seats and the Tundra Platinum/1794/Capstone also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tundra has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tundra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ram 1500 Classic.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Tundra (except SR/SR5) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Tundra (except SR) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Ram 1500 Classic doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 61.93% to 73.91% of its original price after five years, while the Ram 1500 Classic only retains 56.37% to 60.86%.

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