2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 Toyota Tundra



Pickup trucks are often associated with hard work-and make no mistake, both the 2018 Ram 1500 and the 2018 Toyota Tundra work as hard as you do-but the right pickup truck can be so much more than just a work truck. It can haul and tow, sure, but it can also be a family vehicle, a fun vehicle, even a mobile office. The Ram nameplate is pretty much synonymous with trucks, and that's definitely the case with the new 2018 Ram 1500. The Toyota Tundra offers some nice competition, but at the end of the day, the Ram 1500 leaves all of its competition in the dust.


The 2018 Ram 1500 starts off with an MSRP of around $26,495. For that you'll get a V6 engine that can turn out 305 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, a rearview camera, and more. That's a lot for the money, especially considering that the 2018 Toyota Tundra hits the road at around $31,120 without the added bonus of a larger cab, a longer bed, or anything beyond the standard features. To see more of what you're getting when you get behind the wheel of a 2018 Ram 1500, come see your Ram truck dealer in Kansas City for models and pricing or to take a test drive today!

Styling & Options

If you're looking for a 2018 Ram 1500 to fit your job, your lifestyle, or your budget, there are plenty of options to choose from. Available in a huge number of trim packages, you can choose from the Ram 1500 Tradesman, which offers a 305-horsepower V6 engine and a rearview camera, to name a few of the features, the Ram 1500 Sport, which can be upgraded to the more powerful 395-horsepower V8 engine, the Ram 1500 Laramie, which features dual-zone automatic climate control and ventilated front seats for added comfort, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, which comes with the V8 engine standard plus heated rear seats and more, or the Ram 1500 Limited, which boasts, well, just about everything you could want.

The 2018 Toyota Tundra doesn't offer the same wealth of options, though it is available in two body styles and three bed sizes, as well as a handful of trim levels such as the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and a 1794 Edition.


The 2018 Toyota Tundra comes standard with a 310-horsepower V8, while a 391-horsepower V8 is also available. That's a fair bit of muscle, though you'll need to upgrade to the more powerful engine if you want to do a lot of towing or hauling. When it comes to performance, however, the 2018 Ram 1500 presents a much more versatile suite of available engines and options, starting with a 305-horsepower V6 and working its way up to a 395-horsepower V8. There's also an available turbodiesel engine, which provides a jaw-dropping 420 pound-feet of torque on demand.

Use of Space

When it comes to pickup trucks, space is really somewhat reliant on how you configure the cab size and bed length. By upgrading to Quad or Crew Cab models, you can seat up to six people comfortably in a 2018 Ram 1500, with plenty of legroom even in the rear seats. You can also choose from three different bed lengths, depending upon your needs, and the shorter beds can integrate the exclusive RamBox storage system for extra space. By comparison, the 2018 Toyota Tundra will seat five or six people, depending on which seats you choose, but it doesn't offer a ton of bed features compared to the Ram 1500.


Both the 2018 Ram 1500 and the 2018 Toyota Tundra offer plenty of tech, giving lie to the notion that pickup trucks are all brawn and no brain. The Ram 1500 comes standard with a USB port and a six-speaker sound system, but you can add in plenty of additional features, including upgraded speakers and audio systems, satellite radio, a sunroof, and the Uconnect infotainment system. While the Toyota Tundra also offers a number of tech add-ons, the cabin isn't the most comfortable, and it lets in a lot of outside noise when you're driving.

Gas Mileage

In part because the 2018 Toyota Tundra only offers V8 engines, its fuel economy can't match other trucks in its class, and it certainly can't keep up with the 2018 Ram 1500. At its best, the 2018 Ram 1500 can manage an impressive 21 miles per gallon during city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with the turbodiesel engine. Compare that to the Toyota Tundra's 15 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway at its peak. Even the Ram 1500's base V6 engine gets a respectable 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 during highway driving. Unfortunately, the Toyota Tundra just can't keep up.

Safety and Security

Both the 2018 Ram 1500 and the 2018 Toyota Tundra are solid, reliable trucks that are safe enough to use at work or with your family. They both received four out of a possible five stars in overall crash safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thanks to active safety features such as a rearview camera that comes standard in both trucks. However, the 2018 Ram 1500 also offers other available safety features such as front and rear parking sensors to help keep you and your truck safe in any situation.


If you're looking for a solid truck for work or play, it's our opinion that the 2018 Ram 1500 beats the 2018 Toyota Tundra across the board. When you consider a lower MSRP, more engine and trim options, a more comfortable cabin, and better use of space, the Ram 1500 is just the better choice overall.

You don't have to take our word for it, though. The new 2018 Ram 1500 is available for sale at State Line Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. So whether you're coming in from Lee's Summit, Odessa, Independence, or Kansas City, you can stop by and take a new Ram 1500 for a test drive today!

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