Detroit Trucks go against each other in the second round of the MI Auto Times Competition May the Best Truck Win. This time, the Dodge Ram 1500 SLT takes on the Toyota Tundra Regular Cab.
Online PR News – 28-June-2010 – – DETROIT, M.I. -- Detroit trucks are tough but how would they handle going up against a competitor outside of their big three home base? MI Auto Times selected two more popular trucks for the second round of the “May the Best Truck Win” competition, this time the Dodge Ram 1500 SLT and the Toyota Tundra Regular Cab.
The first round of competition featured the GMC Sierra SLE overtaking the Ford F150. The editors at MI Auto Times worked many tireless nights to see that an objective winner between the two Detroit trucks was selected in the first round, and the second round of competition was no cakewalk.
The MI Auto Times May the Best Truck Win Competition rates Detroit trucks based on a set of categories, and awards stars based on each truck’s specifications provided by each truck’s automaker. The categories are value, power, comfort, and factory warranty. The highest possible rating in each category is four stars.
The value category assigns a star rating based on the national promotions offered and estimated cost of ownership. The power category awards stars based on payload, towing, horsepower, engine size, and torque. The comfort category judges by looking at the truck’s interior, safety equipment and integrated, user-friendly technology and entertainment features. The final category, factory warranty, assesses how automakers back their trucks.
In the power category both the Dodge Ram and the Toyota Tundra earned 3 ½ stars, making it a tie. With its 4.7-liter V8 engine, the Dodge Ram has more displacement capacity and therefore more power to its engine than the 4.6-liter V8 of the Toyota Tundra. Both vehicles kick out the same amount of horsepower at 310, but the Dodge Ram has more torque than the Toyota Tundra.2 At these model levels, the Toyota Tundra was the champion tower with a towing capacity of 7,500 and also had a larger payload capacity of 1,795. The Dodge Ram had a 6,650 towing capacity and 1,340 payload capacity, which comes out to 850 pounds less towing ability and 455 pounds shy of beating the Toyota Tundra.
In the value category the Toyota Tundra’s earned 3 ½ stars against the Dodge Ram’s 3 stars. Though there are no national offers currently listed for the Toyota Tundra, even with the Dodge Ram’s GMAC bonus cash of $1,000 on all Ram 1500 models still puts it at $100 higher than the Toyota Tundra. Also, the Toyota Tundra lists a better miles-per-gallon rating of 15 city/20 highway against the Dodge Ram’s 14 city/19 highway. That equates to 17 combined mpg for the Toyota Tundra versus 15 combined mpg for the Dodge Ram1. Furthermore, estimated annual fuel cost of the Toyota Tundra is $323 less than the Dodge Ram.
In the comfort category the Dodge Ram earned 3 ¼ stars against the Toyota Tundra’s 3 stars. The Dodge Ram has more standard comfort features than the Toyota Tundra and they include: power door looks, power mirrors, power windows, power sliding rear window, cruise control and heated mirrors. Both have standard MP3 capability but only the Dodge Ram offers one year of SIRIUS satellite radio service for free; the Toyota Tundra requires a monthly fee for satellite radio and $449 cost3.
In the warranty category the Dodge Ram earned 3 ½ stars against the Toyota Tundra’s 3 stars. The Dodge Ram is now backing its trucks with a new 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, plus a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty which provides bumper-to-bumper coverage from the body to the electric system. The Toyota Tundra also shares a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty but only has a 60-month/60,000 mile Powertrain warranty. Corrosion coverage on the Toyota Tundra is for unlimited miles but ends after 60 months compared to the Dodge Ram, which has corrosion coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.
The second round winner is: Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, The most awarded Ram truck ever.
**Details compiled by visiting automotive manufacturer websites and viewing specifications for each model. Any error made was unintentional and through no fault of MI Auto Times, as information listed on vehicle specification web pages of auto manufacturers was taken at face value by MI Auto Times.
1Information from www.fueleconomy.gov
2Dodge Ram 330 pound-feet torque at 4,000 RPM. Toyota Tundra 327 pound-feet torque at 3,400 RPM.
Owners of Detroit Trucks who want to find the full details of the MI Auto Times competition can visit http://www.miautotimes.com to read more or watch the video.
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