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For your towing and hauling purposes, the 2022 Ram 1500 and the 2022 Toyota Tacoma may be in line with your expectations. However, you won’t know which dovetails with your goals, if you don’t see how they measure up.
LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) of Saline presents this match-up for Saline, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, drivers so that they can choose for themselves.
Out of five engines, which one will you choose for the Ram 1500?
The standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with eTorque generates 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
For best-in-class torque for those harder hauls, the optional 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel engine provides 480 lb-ft of torque. Each engine gets its shifting capabilities from the TorqueFlite® 8-speed automatic transmission.
One of only two engines can be selected for the Toyota Tacoma. The standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine generates 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
Your other choice, the available Atkinson-cycle 3.5L V6 engine, produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. You either get the 6-speed automatic transmission or the optional 6-speed manual transmission.
While the Ram and the Toyota offer similar city gas mileage, the 1500 steals the show from the Tacoma with its highway stats. The Ram with a 4×2 powertrain achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/25 highway MPG. The Toyota achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway MPG, with its 4×2 drivetrain.
Even with a towing capacity for the Ram of 7,730 pounds when properly equipped, it still ousts the Toyota out of the top spot. When you attach a trailer to the Ram with the 5.7L engine with eTorque at the helm, it tows a maximum of 12,750 pounds when properly equipped. The Toyota handles up to 6,800 pounds.
You can carry more aboard the Ram too. If you’re driving a trim with the 4×2 powertrain, it holds up to 2,320 pounds of payload. At 1,440 pounds, you’ve reached the maximum payload for the Toyota.
While you’re working, you want to concentrate on the tasks at hand and keep your eyes on the road. You can do so in the Ram through its available Head-Up Display. This feature reflects information—like your speed—that you’ll find on the 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display onto your windshield.
Your eyes may need to leave the road to take a glimpse at the 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display. Unfortunately, no head-up display exists in the Toyota Tacoma.
In the center of the dashboard, both trucks provide you with a main touchscreen that can show you your apps and the route you plan to take. An enormous, optional Uconnect® 5 NAV 12-inch touchscreen offers a bright, clear display at the center of the Ram dashboard. The Toyota provides a premium touchscreen with available Dynamic Navigation; however, it only stretches out to eight inches.
Between the 2022 Ram 1500 and the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, which truck falls in line with your expectations? Now that you know how they stack up, you may see that the Ram provides a little more than the Toyota does.
To get a taste of what the Ram can do, visit LaFontaine CDJR of Saline, conveniently located near Saline, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, MI, for a test drive.