2023 Ram 1500 vs 2023 Toyota Tundra
If you’re in the market for a full-size pickup truck that can handle your work and play needs, the 2023 Ram 1500 and 2023 Toyota Tundra are both strong contenders. Both trucks are renowned for their power, utility, and comfort.
Price Comparison: Ram 1500 Vs. Toyota Tundra
When it comes to pricing, the 2023 Ram 1500 ranges from an MSRP of $37,410 for the Tradesman trim to $84,555 for the performance-based TRX. The 2023 Toyota Tundra begins at a slightly higher price point of $38,965 and can go for as high as $77,645 for the Capstone trim. Additional options and regional incentives can also affect pricing.
Which Truck Ranks Higher?
According to U.S. News scores, the 2023 Ram 1500 outperforms the Toyota Tundra in several categories:
- Overall score: The Ram 1500 scored a 9/10, while the Toyota Tundra received an 8.1/10.
- Critics’ rating: The Ram 1500 was favored by critics with a score of 9.6/10, compared to the Tundra’s 7.9/10.
- Performance: Both trucks have similar performance scores, with the Ram 1500 earning an 8.5/10 and the Toyota Tundra an 8/10.
- Interior: The Ram 1500 has a more impressive interior rating of 9.2/10, while the Toyota Tundra lags at 8/10.
In terms of reliability ratings from J.D. Power, the Ram 1500 scores an impressive 86/100, whereas the Toyota Tundra falls short with a score of 70/100.
Performance and Handling Comparison
Engine Options and Fuel Efficiency
The Ram 1500 offers several choices of engine, including a fuel-efficient diesel option. The standard 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine with eTorque technology achieves an impressive fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the two-wheel-drive model. In contrast, the Toyota Tundra’s standard twin-turbo V-6 engine achieves slightly lower fuel efficiency at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on open highways.
Towing Capacity and Payload Ratings
When it comes to towing capacity, the Toyota Tundra underperforms the Ram 1500, offering up to 12,000 pounds of towing capacity compared to Ram’s maximum tow rating of 12,750 pounds.
Interior Comfort and Convenience Features
Ram 1500 Interior Highlights
The Ram 1500 boasts an elegant and spacious cabin, offering best-in-class rear legroom of 45.2 inches and a model-exclusive available reclining rear seat. Additionally, the Ram 1500 features an intuitive infotainment system with a large 12-inch touch-screen display available. The truck also offers innovative storage solutions, such as the RamBox Cargo Management System and in-floor storage.
Toyota Tundra Interior Highlights
The Toyota Tundra offers a comfortable and upscale interior with features such as SofTex-trimmed power-adjustable front seats and a user-friendly infotainment system with an available 14-inch touch-screen display.
Technology and Infotainment Systems
Cutting-Edge Tech in the Ram 1500
The Ram 1500 is well equipped with advanced technology features, including a new 12-inch digital cluster with full-screen navigation and customization options. The truck also offers an available head-up display, TomTom navigation with Uconnect 5 NAV, a digital rearview mirror, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and SiriusXM availability. Voice recognition and hands-free calling make it easy to stay connected on the go while the Ram app with Ram Connect services provides remote vehicle control.
Advanced Features in the Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra offers equally impressive technology features, such as a standard 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touch screen with an available upgrade to a 14-inch display. The Tundra also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and a trailer merge warning system.
Trim Options for Both Trucks
Available Trims for the 2023 Ram 1500
The 2023 Ram 1500 is available in multiple trim levels, ranging from the entry-level Tradesman to the performance-focused TRX. Here are the keys specs and MSRPs for each:
- Tradesman (starting at $37,410): Entry-level trim with Quad or Crew Cab options, featuring a 305 hp 3.6-liter V-6 with eTorque mild hybrid starter/generator. Optional upgrades include four-wheel drive, a 260 hp 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, and a 5.7-liter eTorque Hemi V-8 (395 hp).
- Tradesman HFE (starting at $39,047): Limited-options version of the Tradesman, available only in two-wheel drive with the Quad Cab and a 6-foot-4-inch bed.
- Big Horn/Lone Star (starting at $42,825): Featuring an extensive list of available equipment for customization, the Lone Star is sold exclusively in Texas.
- Laramie (starting at $52,775): Luxurious work truck with Crew Cab only and standard driver aids, including forward collision mitigation and automatic emergency braking.
- Rebel (starting at $53,390): Off-road-ready trim available in Crew Cab only with a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
- Limited Longhorn (starting at $60,130): Offshoot of the Laramie trim, available in Crew Cab only.
- Limited (starting at $64,000): Feature-filled version of the Limited Longhorn with a standard 5.7-liter V-8 and four-corner air suspension.
- TRX (starting at $84,555): Performance truck, off-road adventurer, and capable pickup with a Crew Cab-only configuration featuring four-wheel drive and a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine that gives 702 hp.
Available Trims for the 2023 Toyota Tundra
The 2023 Toyota Tundra comes in a variety of trims, and each offers unique features and capabilities:
- SR (starting at $38,965): Base trim with 18-inch wheels, composite bed, 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Smart Key system, and Toyota Safety Sense 2.5.
- SR5 (starting at $44,470): Adds alloy wheels, a tow hitch receiver, an integrated trailer brake controller, selectable driving modes, a power rear window, and optional TRD Off-Road or Sport Packages.
- Limited (starting at $50,565): Features 20-inch wheels, a 14-inch touch screen, SofTex seats, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and trailer merge warning, and the optional TRD Off-Road Package.
- Platinum (starting at $61,105): Includes dark-gray wheels, a panoramic roof, leather seats, 12.3-inch digital meter display screens, and available Adaptive Variable Suspension and load-leveling rear air suspension.
- 1794 Edition (starting at $61,460): Offers machined-finish wheels, chrome accents, premium interior with wood-grain trim, Trailer Backup Guide with Straight Path Assist, and the optional TRD Off-Road Package.
- TRD Pro (starting MSRP $70,920): Off-road trim with BBS wheels, Falken tires, TRD Pro suspension, FOX shocks, a heritage grille with LED light bar and marker lights, a JBL audio system, Multi-Terrain Select/Crawl Control, and locking rear differential.
- Capstone (starting at $77,645): Top trim with 22-inch wheels, two-tone interior with wood-grain trim, a head-up display, power running boards, and available Adaptive Variable Suspension.
Choosing the Right Truck: 2023 Ram 1500 Vs. 2023 Toyota Tundra
Both the 2023 Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra come with their own set of impressive features, performance capabilities, and advanced technology. Ultimately, the choice between these two trucks comes down to your personal preferences and needs.
At Yaklin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Angleton, our team is here to help you explore our extensive inventory of new Ram trucks and used vehicles to find the perfect one for you. Feel free to contact us, or visit our dealership to learn more about our available options so you can make an informed decision.