There are lots of options on the road for your next truck. If you're on the hunt for a reliable truck, the team at Thompson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) of Harford County wants to give you an exclusive look at two of the most popular models: the 2021 Ram 1500 and 2021 Toyota Tundra.

Read through this comparison to see which vehicle matches your Edgewood, Bel Air, or Aberdeen, Maryland, lifestyle best. Contact us if you have any questions along the way.

2021 Ram 1500 vs Tundra: Engine Options

When it comes to choosing your next pickup, it's nice to have options under the hood, so you can choose the perfect blend of power, efficiency, and capability to tackle all your worksite demands.

The baseline motors in the 2021 Ram 1500 and 2021 Toyota Tundra will help you get the job done by generating over 300 horsepower for impressive pulling capabilities and a commanding ride.

If you're looking for more options, you'll probably prefer the Ram 1500 since it offers three additional powertrains. Choose the available 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine (available with or without eTorque) for extra towing power or the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine for better fuel economy to help you explore the road for longer.

For the most robust and brawny of the selections, go for the 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI® V8, which delivers incredible horsepower and torque.

Unfortunately, you're stuck with the baseline motor in the Tundra, so you won't be able to customize your drive to your liking.

Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Engine Options Simplified

With a variety of engine options comes a selection of towing capacities in the 2021 Ram 1500:

Engine Option



Maximum Towing Capacity

3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 with eTorque


269 lb-ft

7,740 pounds

5.7-liter HEMI® V8


410 lb-ft

11,610 pounds

3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6


480 lb-ft

12,560 pounds

5.7-liter HEMI® V8 with eTorque


410 lb-ft

12,750 pounds

6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI® V8


650 lb-ft

8,100 pounds

Whether you need to haul your water skis, boat, or heavy machinery, the Ram 1500 has a powertrain to get the job done.

You may have to leave your large camping trailer or recreational boat behind with the Toyota Tundra since it can only handle towing of up to 10,200 pounds when properly equipped.

2021 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Towing Capacity

Despite coming up short of its competitor, the Tundra is still able to haul a 25-foot-long camper with ease, so you want to make sure the towing is easily done throughout the drive.

Both the 2021 Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra are armed with helpful towing features to help you haul with confidence. However, the Ram 1500 offers some class-exclusive features to take towing to the next level.

In the Ram 1500, you'll be treated to an available Active-Level™ Four Corner Air Suspension. This feature helps to reduce drag and improve efficiency on the open road by lowering your pickup on the highway. You can also easily climb into the bed to grab gear, and you can efficiently hitch your trailer at a lower height.

Unfortunately, this feature isn't found in the Tundra, so you may not have as easy of a time hitching up and hitting the road.

Changing lanes in your Ram 1500 may be easier, too, with the help of available Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection. This system keeps an eye on your side blind zones and warns you when another vehicle is detected, so you know when it's safe to leave your lane. The best part is it automatically accounts for the length of your trailer, so you can carry your camper around with added peace of mind.

The Tundra has a blind spot monitor as well, but it doesn't take into account your trailer's length.

2021 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Interior and Technology

In addition to being able to tow a 2-horse trailer, your next truck needs to have ample space to carry your equipment and tools.

The 2021 Ram 1500 and 2021 Toyota Tundra both come with different cargo box options of varying lengths, so that even longer building materials will be a breeze to carry around.

However, with the Ram 1500, you may have an easier time accessing your cargo thanks to the multifunction tailgate. This available feature allows your tailgate to open downwards or swing open 88 degrees to make loading, unloading, and cleaning simpler. The best part is that it makes reaching your gear easier, even when your camper is attached.

This design is unique to the Ram 1500, though, so you won't have this convenience in the Tundra.

The Ram 1500 is also available with a RamBox® Cargo Management System. It places two cargo boxes on either side of your truck bed so that you can still maintain its cargo width. These drainable and weatherproof storage containers are perfect for creating a cooler for a tailgate or camping trip and can also hold smaller items securely during your travels. It even sports a 115-volt auxiliary outlet for different electrical equipment and gear.

This is another class-exclusive feature of the Ram 1500, so you won't have this amenity with the Tundra.

2021 Ram 1500 vs Toyota Tundra: Test Drive the Right Truck for You

While the competition was close, we think hardworking drivers in Edgewood, Bel Air, and Aberdeen, MD, will prefer what the 2021 Ram 1500 has to offer over the Toyota Tundra. Packed with class-exclusive features and four commanding powertrain options, this truck truly stands out from the crowd.

Don't just take our word for it, though. Stop by the showroom at Thompson CDJR of Harford County today to schedule a test drive of the Ram 1500 and see this pickup in action! A member of our sales team would be happy to answer all your questions and show you the features you're most interested in. We'll also take the time to match you up to one of the six available trim levels, so you can get the blend of performance and comfort you desire.

To assist you every step of the way during your car-buying journey, we also feature an on-site finance center staffed with experts in the field. Our team boasts years of experience, so you'll get the support you need at every turn.

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