If you’re searching for a pickup truck that not only delivers performance but is also equipped with the latest technology and engineering, you’re faced with several options – and the final decision is certainly a hard one.
We’ve put together a comparison for both the Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tacoma – two of the most popular pickup trucks in America – giving you both models’ pros, cons and features to help you decide which pickup truck is best for you.
The Ram 1500 is available in a variety of trims (Tradesman, Tradesman/Express, HFE, SLT, Sport, Laramie, Rebel and Longhorn) as well as three different bed and cab types. Most trims come with a 3.6 L six-cylinder engine; however, there is a V8 option available that raises horsepower from 305 to 395.
In addition to optional engines and trims, the Ram 1500 also allows buyers to choose between six and eight-speed transmission. Depending on which 1500 you choose, this truck can tow up to 10,650 lbs – meaning that no job is too small.
Pros for the Ram 1500 include a smooth ride and an upscale interior that doesn’t compromise performance. However, low gas mileage on the V8 engine is certainly something to take note of if you are considering a 1500.
As far as options go, the Toyota Tacoma falls just short of the 1500 with seven trim levels (SR, SR5, SR5 V6, SR V6, TRD, Sport, TRD Off Road and Limited) as well as two bed and cab types to choose from. Base trims come with a four-cylinder 2.7L engine; however, a V6 engine is optional on higher trims. The V6 option offers a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 lbs, so smaller loads are no problem.
Great handling, an upscale interior and optional enhanced off-road capabilities are what sets the Tacoma apart from the rest. However, its underpowered base engine and noisy ride are definite cons.
If you’re still deciding on your next pickup model, Platte City-Airport Chrysler has the options and availability you need. Check out our online inventory or visit our dealership (just north of Kansas City) to schedule a test drive today!