2017 Ram 1500 vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Ram 1500

2017 Ram 1500

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma



Engine Options

The 2017 Ram 1500 is a thoroughbred pickup truck that draws upon an exceptional legacy. In contrast, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma feels more like a toy – it looks like a real truck, but engine power, capability specs, and even onboard features tell a different story. If you need a pickup truck worthy of the title, you need to set your sights on the latest Ram 1500.

For most drivers, all it takes is a look at engine options to decide that the Toyota Tacoma rests far below the Ram 1500. Here’s what the Ram can offer:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8: Makes up to 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6: Generates up to 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque alongside a Best-in-Class 29 mpg on the highway.
  • 3.6L Pentastar V6: Delivers up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

The Toyota Tacoma puts up a pitiful amount of muscle in response. Its standard 159 hp, 180 lb-ft of torque 4-cylinder seems more at home in a sedan – in fact, the 2017 Camry is significantly more powerful as standard. Even with the available V6, power peaks at a dreary 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Exterior Gallery 1

Performance and Capability

The overwhelming power difference between the new Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tacoma is underlined by the latter’s shockingly poor capability:

  • Towing: Up to 10,620 pounds with the Ram vs. just 6,800 pounds with the Toyota.
  • Payload: Up to 1,890 pounds with the Ram vs. just 1175 pounds with the Toyota.

The Toyota also misses out on most of the Ram’s more advanced capability features, including Class-Exclusive Active-Level™ Four-Corner Air Suspension.

2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Exterior Gallery 2

State of the Art Technology

You probably expected the legendary Ram 1500 to outpace the Toyota Tacoma in terms of power and capability, but you might be surprised to learn that it also goes the distance in terms of comfort and convenience features.

Here are just a few amenities you can enjoy with the Ram but not with the Toyota:

  • 8.4-Inch Touchscreen
  • Heated Second-Row Seats
  • 10-Way Power Driver’s Seat
2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Exterior Gallery 4

The Toyota Tacoma Feels Insubstantial Next to the Ram 1500

Comparing the Toyota Tacoma against the Ram 1500 is like bringing a knife to a gun fight and then finding out your knife is actually a frozen fish. For true performance and capability, schedule a test drive today or feel free to contact Findlay CJDR to explore financing options.