Trucks, trucks, everywhere there’s trucks. For anyone shopping for a new pickup truck, it must be a daunting experience; there are a lot of pickup options available, and it’s not easy to cut through the hype and find out what truck will truly meet your needs and budget.
While Ford, Chevy, and Ram like to think of their trucks as “the best”, they obviously haven’t been paying attention to the 2017 Toyota Tundra and just how impressive this pickup truck can be. Read along and find out how the Tundra stacks up to its competition.
The Ford F-150 is a good truck, we can’t deny that. There are a lot of upsides to the F-150, but the 2017 Toyota Tundra is no slouch. When comparing interior comfort, both trucks are pretty much equal, and while the F-150 is a bit more fuel efficient, the Tundra beats the F-150 in a couple of key categories. When you need a lot of room in your truck bed, the 2017 Tundra is the truck you want to consider. The Tundra has larger truck beds than the F-150, offering 8-foot-2-inch, 6-foot-7-inch, and 5-foot-7-inch beds. There’s also the question of reliability. Despite Ford’s claims about their rugged aluminum body trucks, the Tundra is said to be a more reliable vehicle by U.S. News & World Reports.
“The 2017 Toyota Tundra receives a 4 out of 5 predicted reliability score as determined by the J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study. That puts it squarely in the Better Than Most category designation. The Ford F-150 scores 3.5 out of 5 in the same category.” - U.S. News & World Reports
Chevy has made trucks for a long time, but that doesn’t mean they’re leading the pack. While the Ford F-150 is strong competition for the Tundra, the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 just doesn’t stack up. In a recent comparison by CarGurus the 2017 Tundra beat out the Silverado in virtually every category, including cargo capacity, power, handling, back seat design, etc.
“The Tundra is one of the toughest-looking trucks on sale today. Up front is a massive grille and a set of rectangular headlights.” - CarGurus
Generally speaking, the 2017 Ram 1500 is a pretty good truck. If nothing else, it has a smooth ride that most people are quite happy with. It’s not perfect, though, and there are some important areas where the Tundra is simply a better truck. All trucks come in different trims and configurations, so it’s important to know we’re comparing apples to apples.
Two of the most impressive trucks available are the Toyota Tundra 4x4 CrewMax Limited and the Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Rebel SWB. Both trucks are the things of dreams for many people, it just so happens the Tundra will leave you with a bigger smile when you wake up.
Even though the Toyota Tundra 4x4 CrewMax Limited has a slightly lower MSRP, it still beats the Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Rebel SWB in a few key areas. First and foremost, the Tundra generates 381 hp @ 5600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Ram only 305 hp @ 6400 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The Tundra has a maximum tow rating 1,800 lbs more than the Ram, capable of towing 8,900 lbs. The Tundra also comes standard with a navigation system, which is only an option in the Ram, and front knee airbags come standard on the Tundra, yet are not available at all in the Ram.
We feel for you - there really are a lot of pickup truck options out there, but hopefully, we’ve given you a few things to think about when you’re shopping for your next pickup. And, if you ever have questions about the Tundra or any other truck, feel free to contact us anytime, we’re always happy to give honest, friendly advice.