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2021 Toyota Tundra Vs. 2021 RAM 1500: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Jan 8, 2021 9:00 AM

A full-size truck should have everything you need and more, which means it should meet the expectations for horsepower, utility, and dependability. Now that we are into 2021, it is time to take a look at what this year has in store for this kind of truck. When you sort through them all and weigh their pros and cons, it is easy to see that there are only two that really measure up: The 2021 Toyota Tundra and the 2021 RAM 1500.

Both of these trucks are the very definition of rugged and are built to work, regardless of the jobs you throw at them. How do you pick between the two best in class? In order to make that job easier, our Westbury Toyota staff have put together a short and comprehensive comparison guide so that you can see which truck best suits you and your needs.

Mechanical and Performance

In terms of power and utility, both of these trucks stand strong, but the Tundra does pull ahead in several key categories:

2021 Toyota Tundra 2021 RAM 1500

5.7 liter (L) Aluminum i-Force V8 engine capable of 381 horsepower (hp) and 401 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque

3.6 L V6 engine that puts out 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque

6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Maximum payload capacity of 1,660 lbs.

Maximum payload capacity of 2,300 lbs.

Maximum towing capacity of 10,100 lbs.

Maximum towing capacity of 7,730 lbs.

Whether you want a truck for towing, carrying, or just for handling whatever rough roads you need it too, it is safe to say that the 2021 Toyota Tundra is clearly more than up to the task.

Interior Features and Passenger Space

A truck is more than just a workhorse, and because of that it should have plenty of interior features to give you and your passengers the utmost in convenience. It is also ideal if it has extra room for passengers or any cargo you might want to haul. The Tundra has a vinyl 40/20/40 split fold down front bench seat available for the SR5 trim, which allows for easy entrance and exit, and also makes it easier to load any items you will be carrying inside the cab. The rear seats also fold 60/40, giving you additional room. While the RAM 1500 does have a folding rear seat, it does not have folding front seats. Both trucks are capable of seating up to 6 passengers.

In terms of features, the following are options in the Tundra that are not offered in the 1500:

  • Powered sliding rear window with privacy glass (Limited trim)
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start
  • Center console gated shift lever
  • Integrated backup camera

Safety Features

Obviously, safety is paramount, and to that end both of these trucks are outfitted with many safety features meant to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. The RAM 1500 has innovative trailering features, which include blind spot monitoring with rear cross path and trailer detection, as well as electronic stability control. The Tundra also has trailering safety features such as an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller and Trailer Sway Control. Other unique safety aspects of the Tundra are:

  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar
  • Child protector rear door locks
  • Toyota Safety Sense Suite

Which One Is Right For Me?

A quick read of this comparison guide reveals that while both of these trucks have a considerable amount of functionality, power, and convenience, one offers far more than the other. The 2021 Tundra provides you with more raw power and the ability to tow more, in addition to having better interior seating/storage options and more safety features. If you are interested in knowing more about the buying or leasing options for the 2021 Toyota Tundra, please do not hesitate to call or visit Westbury Toyota.

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