2024 Ram 1500 Vs. Toyota Tundra Comparison

2024 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra

There’s only one winner of the Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra comparison, and it proudly stands on the all-American side: the 2024 Ram 1500. This truck needs very little introduction, but if you’re finally ready to upgrade from your Toyota truck, here’s a quick overview: The Ram 1500 is one of the most stylish, luxurious, powerful, reliable, and capable trucks on the market.

Review the details of each model with our 2024 Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra comparison guide below, then enter the world of Ram trucks by visiting San Antonio CDJR.

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Reliability

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Reliability

Before looking at how the Ram 1500 triumphs over the Tundra in capability, know that it has far greater reliability. Of course, a CDJR dealership talking about how Toyota Tundra vs. Ram 1500 reliability ratings are a complete victory for the Ram 1500 can only mean so much, so instead, we’ll point to the automotive experts.

First up are J.D. Power’s Ram 1500 vs. Tundra reliability ratings.

They awarded the 2024 Ram 1500 a “Great” Quality & Reliability score of 88 out of 100,1 which is right at the top of the pack for the full-size truck class.

The 2024 Toyota Tundra trails far behind, perhaps due to its unproven engine. J.D. Power gave it an “Average” Quality & Reliability score of 78 out of 100.2

Additionally, J.D. Power gave the 2024 Ram 1500 a Driving Experience rating that’s nine points higher than the 2024 Toyota Tundra score.1, 2

When we look at RepairPal.com, another expert third-party source for reliability, we don’t even have to compare their specific Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra ratings because they named the Ram 1500 the number-one most reliable full-size truck.3 Regardless of the model facing it in a full-size truck comparison, the Ram 1500 can win.

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Towing & Payload

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Towing & Payload

In terms of both towing and payload capacity, the Ram 1500 rises higher than the Tundra.

Thanks to the available V-8 options, our 2024 Ram 1500 inventory offers you the ability to tow up to 12,750 pounds.4 You can also expect up to 2,300 pounds of payload capacity5 from the new Ram 1500.

How does the Tundra truck compare? Not very well.

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra towing and payload is a shut-out: The 2024 Toyota Tundra lags behind with a 12,000-pound maximum towing capacity6 and a 1,940-pound maximum payload rating.7

The Ram 1500 leads its class. The Toyota Tundra is one of the many competitors that just can’t live up to the pressure of being compared to the Ram 1500.

We’ll also note that the Tundra is the Toyota brand’s strongest truck. The Ram 1500, meanwhile, has several heavy-duty brothers that can step in to help if more towing power is needed.

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Specs & Power

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Specs & Power

Do you love V-8 engines? That’s a trick question – you’re reading a Ram 1500 vs. Tundra comparison, so of course you do. The HEMI rumble has very likely already seated itself in your memory and caused intense cravings.

As you’d expect, the Ram 1500 is the only truck here to offer a V-8. It’s a legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 395 horsepower. If you’re a maniac in the best way possible, you can take on the Ram 1500 TRX and its 702 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8. Otherwise, for value and strength, there’s a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 305 horsepower.

The 5.7-liter V-8 and 3.6-liter V-6 have been refined over decades, which is part of why the Ram 1500 consistently earns such great reliability ratings.

Our Ram 1500 lease offers make use of time-tested power, but going for a Tundra leaves you in unproven territory. The Toyota model has a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 or a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 hybrid, both of which fall below the available HEMI V-8 power ratings. More importantly, neither Tundra engine has been around for more than four years.

Making a truly great engine requires experience. The HEMI V-8 formula was introduced in 1950, and the blueprint for the current 5.7-liter unit was introduced over 20 years ago. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 has been reliably powering Ram trucks since 2012.

We’d prefer a higher-displacement, longer-lived engine in our daily driver. If the reliability scores mentioned earlier aren’t proof enough, we recommend doing your own Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra comparison with a test drive at our dealership.

2024 Ram 1500 2024 Toyota Tundra
Engines 3.6L Pentastar V-6 w/ eTorque
5.7L HEMI V-8 w/ eTorque
6.2L Supercharged HEMI V-8
i-FORCE 3.4L Twin-Turbo V6
i-FORCE MAX 3.4L Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid
Available Horsepower 702 437
Available Torque 650 lb-ft 583 lb-ft
Maximum Towing Capacity 12,750 lbs4 12,000 lbs6
Maximum Payload Capacity 2,300 lbs5 1,940 lbs7
J.D. Power Reliability Rating: “Great” – 88 out of 1001 “Average” – 78 out of 1002
J.D. Power Driving Experience Rating: “Great” – 84 out of 1001 “Average” – 75 out of 1002
RepairPal Full-Size Truck Segment Reliability Ranking: 1st Place out of 17 Trucks3 6th Place out of 17 Trucks8
Bed Width (All Configurations – Maximum): 66.4 in 58.7 in
Bed Depth (All Configurations): 21.4 in 20.9 in

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Cargo Space

Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra Cargo Space

For a final measure when comparing Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra trucks, know that the Ram 1500 offers a larger five-foot bed option: the popular choice for modern pickup truck drivers. This bed measures 67.4 inches long, a maximum of 66.4 inches wide, and 21.4 inches deep, achieving a 53.9 cubic foot cargo space measurement.

The equivalent Toyota Tundra bed is 65.6 inches long, a maximum of 58.7 inches wide, and 20.9 inches deep. Toyota does not publish the cubic-foot cargo space of this bed, but its smaller specs can only mean a smaller cargo capacity.

Considering the Tundra truck’s 360-pound lower maximum payload capacity,5, 7 the choice for cargo capability is clear: the Ram 1500.

Besides that, since this American icon is part of a true truck brand, you can enjoy its spirit in expanded-capability options in our Ram 2500, Ram 3500, and Ram Chassis Cab inventory. The Toyota brand, meanwhile, only has the Tundra and Tacoma in their truck lineup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Ram 1500 more reliable than the Tundra?

Yes, the Ram 1500 has a much higher reliability rating than the Toyota Tundra. The Ram 1500 is RepairPal’s number-one most reliable full-size truck3 and has a “Great” J.D. Power Quality & Reliability rating of 88 out of 100.1 In stark contrast to this great score, the Toyota Tundra was given an “Average” J.D. Power Quality & Reliability score of 78 out of 100.2

How long will a Toyota Tundra last?

The Toyota Tundra has a new hybrid engine with unproven long-term reliability. How long it will last has yet to be seen. Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 used the latest refinements to time-tested engine designs and is capable of lasting for 200,000 miles when properly maintained and cared for. After all, it has a 10-point-higher J.D. Power reliability rating than the Toyota Tundra.1, 2

Does the Ram 1500 or the Toyota Tundra have a bigger truck bed?

The Ram 1500 has a larger truck bed than the Toyota Tundra. The Ram 1500 offers 5-foot 7-inch or 6-foot 4-inch bed lengths, while the Toyota Tundra has 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed lengths. Every version of the Ram 1500 has a 66.4-inch maximum bed width, while every version of the Toyota Tundra has a 58.7-inch maximum bed width.

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1Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this rating, visit https://www.jdpower.com/cars/2024/ram/1500.

2Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this rating, visit https://www.jdpower.com/cars/2024/toyota/tundra.

3Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this rating, visit https://repairpal.com/reliability/ram/1500.

4When properly equipped. See dealer for details.

5When properly equipped. Max payload ratings shown for base configuration. Additional options, equipment, passengers, and cargo weight may affect payload weights. Contact dealer for details.

6Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo. [Calculated with the new SAE J2807 method.] Installation of a tow hitch receiver or other accessories located near the rear bumper or side-door kick sensors may require disabling or removing the kick sensor, and the sensor operation setting in your vehicle should be turned off. See Owner’s Manual for limitations.

7Payload includes the weight of occupants, cargo and options and is limited by weight distribution.

8Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this rating, visit https://repairpal.com/reliability/toyota/tundra.

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