Toyota Tundra Vs. Dodge Ram Battle in Philly
The full-size 2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4X4 is the better choice compared to the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab, according to a head-to-head comparison test that was conducted by Philly.com. A Philly.com reviewer recently took the two full-size pickup trucks for a spin, paying close attention to powertrain options, cabin and cargo space, the way the trucks drive and how easy the trucks are to maneuver.From the start, the 2012 Toyota Tundra had the advantage. Although it has a slightly more expensive base price of $30,560 compared to the 2012 Dodge Ram’s base price of $30,010, the 2012 Toyota Tundra’s final out-the-door price of $34,000 is $1,900 less than the 2012 Dodge Ram’s final price of $35,900.
The Toyota Tundra pulls ahead of the Dodge Ram 1500 when it comes to hauling capabilities. The Texas-built Tundra has an available 8-foot bed for storing and hauling things in. The Dodge Ram 1500 is only offered with either a 5-and-a-half or 6-and-a-half foot truck beds.
The Tundra has more engine power over an comparably equipped Ram. An available six-cylinder engine for the Tundra has 270-horsepower. The six-cylinder engine that’s available in the Ram has 210-horsepower.
The Tundra gets better fuel economy than the Ram. During city and highway road tests, the Philly.com reviewer recorded 18 mpg in the Tundra. The Ram returned 16.8 mpg during the test drive.
When it comes to dependability and reliability, the Toyota brand is well known. The Tundra is no exception. J.D. Power and Associates rated the full-size pickup truck the best. J.D. Power and Associates has no recent ratings for the Ram. However, the Ram was rated below average by Consumer Reports.
Although both pickup trucks are behemoths, the Tundra was easier to maneuver into parking spaces.
In the end, Toyota’s storied history of making dependable vehicles gets high marks. It’s handling is not one of its strong attributes, but buyers should keep in mind that it’s a tough, full-size pickup truck that serves it’s intended purpose.
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