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Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tacoma

When we compare the Ram 1500 to the Toyota Tacoma, the Ram 1500 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and base engine power. The Toyota Tacoma has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Ram 1500 versus the Toyota Tacoma, the Ram 1500 is a better car than the Toyota Tacoma.

Ram 1500 versus Toyota Tacoma Pricing

A used 2023 Ram 1500 ranges from $52,954 to $110,521 while a used 2023 Toyota Tacoma is priced between $31,994 to $50,230. For a new model, the Ram 1500's price is between $49,414 and $85,397, with the Toyota Tacoma priced between $30,726 and $48,936.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ram 1500’s base engine makes 305 horsepower, and the Toyota Tacoma base engine makes 159 horsepower. The 1500 is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 575 miles. The Tacoma is rated to deliver an average of 21 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 485 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ram 1500 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Toyota Tacoma has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ram 1500 has the advantage of higher towing capacity and payload capacity, while the Toyota Tacoma has the advantage of higher ground clearance.

Available Cab Types and Bed Lengths

The Ram 1500 is available in a Crew Cab or an Extended Cab configuration, and the Toyota Tacoma is available in a Crew Cab or an Extended Cab configuration. The Ram 1500 offers bed lengths of 67.4 and 76.3 inches, and the Toyota Tacoma offers bed lengths of 60.5 and 73.7 inches.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Toyota Tacoma has an average safety rating of 4 out of 5 Stars.

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2023 Toyota Tacoma

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$49,414 - $85,397

Used Asking Price:

$52,954 - $110,521

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,726 - $48,936

Used Asking Price:

$31,994 - $50,230

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

13.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

Not available

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

Not yet available

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7 / 10

Summary Review

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Summary Review

Toyota’s Tacoma has been the sales leader in the midsize segment for decades. While other brands quit this market, Toyota continued to polish the gem that is the Tacoma pickup.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Wide range of trim levels and styles from affordable barebones to serious off-road
  • Best in class retained value
  • Strong track record of overall reliability
  • Composite bed eliminates corrosion concerns

  • Beware the recent few used years with transmission issues with some recent models
  • Interior oddities like a low, flat seat
  • Not as refined as most competitors, overdue for a full update
  • Towing capability less than segment best

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

67.4 inches, 76.3 inches

Available Bed Length(s)

60.5 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Biodiesel, Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Big Horn, Laramie, Limited, Limited Longhorn, Lone Star, Rebel, Tradesman, TRX

Trim Levels

Limited, SR, SR V6, SR5, SR5 V6, Trail Special Edition, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, TRD Sport

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

269 foot-lbs @ 4800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

7740 lbs

Max Payload:

2300 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.041 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1685 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4, AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 25 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

460 / 575 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 23 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

422 / 485 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

66 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

65.7 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

117.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

34.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

24.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4765 lbs

Width:

82.1 inches

Height:

77.6 inches

Length:

228.9 inches

Wheelbase:

140.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3915 lbs

Width:

74.4 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

212.3 inches

Wheelbase:

127.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

275/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P245/75R16