2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra
The Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra are an interesting matchup. The Tundra is a bit more old-fashioned with a basic design that some might claim is due for an update. On the other hand, the Ram 1500 gets quite a bit of attention for its modern styling and sometimes-elaborate interiors. At a glance, you might expect the rough-and-tumble Tundra to rank first in capability, but we’re here to put both models to the test.
Don’t let its upscale options lead you astray, the Ram 1500 keeps its priorities straight with a line of potent engines that push past industry standards. See how the newest editions from each lineup compete when we put them to the test in this 2020 Ram 1500 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra comparison.
2020 Ram 1500
2020 Toyota Tundra
|2 Gas, 1 Diesel||Engine Options||1 Gas, 0 Diesel|
|395 hp, 410 lb-ft||Max Power Ratings (Gas)||381 hp, 401 lb-ft|
|12,750 lbs.||Max Tow Rating||10,200 lbs.|
How Do the 2020 Ram 1500 and 2020 Toyota Tundra Compare in Performance and Capability?
Regardless of which trim level you opt for, the 2020 Toyota Tundra sticks to a 5.7-liter V8 engine rated for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Ram 1500 is powered by one of three choice engines available, including:
- 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque – 305 hp, 269 lb-ft
- 5.7L HEMI® V8 (eTorque optional) – 395 hp, 410 lb-ft
- 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 – 260 hp, 480 lb-ft
Crafted for cost-efficiency, the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 of the Ram 1500 earns up to 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway. The Tundra’s V8 is no less than appalling in terms of fuel efficiency, gulping gasoline at a rate of 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway. On the bright side, it does manage to beat the Ram pickup’s standard V6 in power ratings.
But if power is really what you want, you’re probably better off with Ram’s 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 anyways. The V8 tops the Tundra’s in power ratings and is more fuel efficient, rating with up to 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway.
When optioned with eTorque, the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine boasts a best-in-class towing capacity of up to 12,750 lbs., plus a max payload rating of 2,300 lbs. The Tundra is a bit more limited with a 10,200-lb. max tow rating and 1,730 lbs. max payload.