There’s eight inches snow throughout your state, your city, your block and your driveway.
You’ve gotten two large, dangerous, brawny pickups to check.
All is effectively, no matter consequence.
We’re testing the 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited Crew Max and RAM 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4X4 which, in these trims, are neck-and-neck style-wise and price-wise. (Try the numerous and good-looking 2022 trim decisions for the RAM and the Tundra right here.)
What’s essential about these large boys is that they each have the power to giggle at ice and snow and might most likely tow your own home just a few inches to the best in a pinch. It’s no query they’re each worthy machines that do exactly what you paid to have them do. However somebody’s received to come back out forward.
Let’s have a look and evaluate, point-by-point, and will the perfect lug win.
It’s not that the Tundra’s homely – it isn’t. However the RAM has a may and an authority to it that’s not as profound as in its rival. It’s simple to be charmed by the RAM’s 18-inch black wheels, all-terrain tires, E-locker rear axle, heavy-duty shocks, skid plates and tri-fold tonneau cowl. The RAM additionally has railings for passengers to help themselves getting out and in; the Tundra doesn’t.
The 2022 RAM 1500 Massive Horn is supplied with luxurious leather-trimmed seating choices, very beneficiant legroom and storage, plus the tech you count on from a premium pickup truck. The Tundra’s cockpit would have matched the RAM’s had been it not for the Tundra’s contact display which we didn’t like for causes defined beneath.
Heart console: RAM
The RAM’s contact display is positioned vertically and is seamlessly intertwined with its surrounding good-looking sprint. The display may also be shut off when you don’t need it in any respect – thanks! The sound system, too, continues to play after you shut off the engine, which means you don’t have to take a seat there and waste fuel whereas a comic book finishes a set or a music performs by to the tip.
The Tundra’s contact display looks as if they completed the dashboard and, on the finish, mounted this intrusive, gargantuan horizonal display whose fonts are absurdly massive. The whole unit, too, calls for your consideration the second you’re within the automobile. My kingdom for an “off” button.
Whereas the Tundra supplies a blistering 479 lb-feet of torque, its 3.5 litre twin turbo 389 horsepower V6 engine had fewer enamel than the RAM’s 5.7L V8 Hemi 8-Pace.
Each had been brawny, each have Variable Valve Transmission (VVT) however just one had that scrumptious, merciless energy we crave in vans.
The Tundra has a pleasant fats stalk positioned ahead of the middle console, the place it belongs. The RAM provides a knob for a gearshift, which is type of like giving somebody a Rolls-Royce with a thimble as a hood decoration. You need that stalk.
The Drive: Tundra
The large RAM was simple sufficient to navigate and its consolation is appreciable, however I felt the Tundra extra in my wheel, all the time a fantastic factor when there’s snow all over. Naturally, the smaller Tundra was simpler to park as effectively.
Our 1500 introduced in about 20 MPG metropolis, 25 MPG freeway versus the predictably thirstier Tundra with its V-8 bringing in barely much less with 18 freeway, 23 metropolis.
Each machines are dear with good purpose, however the Tundra’s loaded value of $60, 273 offers it the sting over the RAM, whose base value of $44,900 inflates to $63,760 with all choices.
Crash security: Tie
The RAM receives virtually 100% prime scores in all classes on the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security – however so does the Tundra. That’s nice information, regardless. There has by no means been a safer time in historical past to drive a pickup.
Winner: RAM. It was extra enjoyable to drive, its nav sys didn’t blind us and we felt extra manly in it.