Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tacoma

2021 RAM 1500


When you sit behind the wheel of a truck, how do you feel? Do you feel powerful as you tighten your grip around the steering wheel? Do you feel exhilarated as the truck launches forward in gusto? Do you see limitless possibilities through the open view of the windshield?

When you sit at the helm of the 2021 Ram 1500 or Toyota Tacoma, you can feel the true power that a truck holds. Which truck is perfect for your travels around Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Farmington Hills, MI, though? Our team at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walled Lake finds out. Keep reading below.


Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tacoma: Which Is More Powerful?

2021 RAM 1500 TowingIf you’re looking for a powerful performer, you can find impressive power outputs in the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tacoma. In fact, both offer a handful of engine configurations to help you achieve the performance of your dreams. The Ram offers four engines, while the Toyota can equip two available engines.

For starters, you can find one of these four engines in the belly of the Ram 1500:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine (also available with eTorque): 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine: 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine: 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque
  • Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 engine: 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque

The Toyota Tacoma’s two available engines are powerful; however, their power output falls way behind compared to the Ram 1500. Check out the Tacoma’s power options below:

  • 2.7L engine: 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.5L V6 engine: 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque

If you need to tow heavier items, like large boats or campers, the Ram 1500 is your better option due to its outstanding range of power. Check out their respective maximum towing capacities when properly equipped!

  • Ram 1500: 12,750 pounds
  • Toyota Tacoma: 6,800 pounds

Are the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tacoma Good for Tailgating?

2021 Ram 1500 PerformanceTrucks are great companions for tailgating because their tailgates can hold lots of equipment. However, when it comes to convenience, the Ram 1500 has the Toyota Tacoma beat.

The Ram 1500 offers a multifunction tailgate, which features 88-degree swing-away doors. When you open up these 60/40-split tailgate doors, you’ll be able to easily load up equipment, unload boxes, or wash out the bed after a bustling event. The Tacoma’s composite bed is durable, but it doesn’t offer a similar swing-away door feature.

You can also hold more items in the Ram. This truck features a 2,300-pound maximum payload, while the Toyota can carry up to 1,440 pounds in its truck bed. The Ram’s larger figure can aid your tailgating needs by being able to accommodate more truck-bed riders or by carrying bulkier items.

Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tacoma—Bring on the Adventurers

You can find spacious cabins in either the Ram 1500 or Toyota Tacoma. However, your passengers in the front and rear may feel more comfortable in the Ram 1500, thanks to its 117 cubic feet of passenger volume. See how their dimensions pan out:

2021 Ram 1500

2021 Toyota Tacoma

Headroom (front/rear)

40.9/39.2 inches

39.7/38.3 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.9/35.6 inches

42.9/32.6 inches

Hip room (front/rear)

63.4/63.4 inches

57.2/56.3 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

66/65.7 inches

58.3/58.9 inches


Are You Test Driving the Ram 1500 or Toyota Tacoma?

Did you find the Ram 1500’s powerful engines, innovative tailgate, and spacious cabin impressive? If so, stop by LaFontaine CDJR of Walled Lake near Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Farmington Hills, Michigan, today for a test drive.


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