Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Vladimir asks: I’m looking to purchase a new truck. Can you please tell me your opinion about the Toyota Tundra truck (2017 model year). Is it the best option comparing with diesel truck Ram 1500? Or what is your suggestion on this subject? Thank you for your very informative article.
My reply: Well, it’s kind of apples and oranges! The Tundra is powered by either of two gasoline V8s (4.6 liters standard, 5.7 optional) while the diesel Ram is powered by a turbo-diesel six. You can also get the Ram with a gas V6 or a gas V8, which I’m sure you know – but since you mentioned the diesel specifically, I’ll focus on that.
What are you looking to do with the truck? If maximum tow capacity is important, the 5.7 liter Tundra has a higher maximum rating (10,500 lbs.) than the diesel Ram (8,240 lbs.).
On the other hand, the diesel Ram should give you about 10 MPG better mileage than the Tundra 5.7, which will average in the mid-high teens in real world driving. But, the diesel option costs a bundle – about $4,000 over the price of the otherwise-the-same 1500 with the gas V6. But, if you compare the price vs. the Hemi V8, the cost difference narrows. And the diesel will probably be more long-lived than the gas engine. You also get a heavier-duty transmission and other upgrades when you buy the diesel, which is a package – and not just the engine.
That said, the Tundra is a fine truck, especially with the 5.7 liter V8 (the 4.6 is a little under-powered) and its only deficit – if it is one – is that it is available in a more limited range of configurations (cab/bed, etc.) than the Ram and Ford and GM 1500s.
Hope this was helpful – and keep us posted!
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