New Ram 2019 Ram 2500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra – Lexington NC for Sale in Lexington, NC

2019 Ram 2500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra – Lexington NC

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2019 Ram 2500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra - Lexington NC

Vehicle Overview

In the world of heavy-duty trucks, it’s difficult to find a one-size-fits-all approach, especially when taking into consideration the almost infinite amount of choices on the market. Looking at the 2019 Ram 2500, however, puts a somewhat different spin on this sentiment, what with the purposeful truck coming in several configurations with widely varying specialties and capabilities. Case in point: The base Tradesman trim seems perfect as a work truck, while the top-of-the-line Limited model represents the pinnacle of road trip luxury. Somewhere in the middle is the Ram’s Big Horn/Lone Star trim that appears to do something for everyone.

Lexington NC - 2019 Ram 2500's Overview

Exterior – 2019 Ram 2500

With a fresh, bold design, the 2019 2500 conveys refinement and capability in a single glance, owing much of that to its striking LED headlamps and an available class-exclusive Adaptive Forward Lighting System, premium LED tail lamps, dampened and power release tailgate and 15 distinctive available wheel designs, including impressive 20-inch polished aluminum rims sure to turn heads. The 2019 Toyota Tundra features 18-inch BBS five-spoke Satin Black forged aluminum wheels (on the TRD Pro trim), clearcoat paint, power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, newly-designed quarter-inch-thick front skid plate with restyled TRD logo stamped on the aluminum, LED headlights with black accents and a pair of Rigid Industries fog lamps at the outer edges of the front bumper. The Tundra TRD Pro will, however, continue to wear the somewhat tame-looking Michelin all-terrain tires found on other Tundras, so this is an area in which the Ram, with its meaty 20-inch rolling stock, has an advantage.

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Interior – 2019 Ram 2500 in Lexington NC

The interior of the 2019 Toyota Tundra meets all the basic requirements – from materials of mostly good quality to space for passengers and in-cabin cargo – and comes with an attractive list of standard features. Appealing as all this sounds, the Tundra’s cabin still falls behind some recently-redesigned rivals, including the Ram 2500; the primary problem is that while it offers plenty of room for passengers to stretch out, the Tundra no longer outshines the crowd because several competitors now offer gobs of rear-seat space and lavish seating upgrades.

Lexington NC - 2019 Ram 2500's Interior

Mechanical – 2500 specs in Lexington

In its popular Laramie Longhorn guise, the 2500 features a 370-horsepower 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder turbodiesel connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive. Available options with regard to mechanical and tech elements include a Cummins turbodiesel engine, Longhorn Level 1 Equipment Group (17-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, 12-inch infotainment screen, power running boards), rear air suspension, power sunroof and more. The Tundra’s only available engines are in V8 guise – a 4.6-liter unit that puts out 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque or a 5.7-liter version that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. While many buyers like the 5.7-liter’s visceral power, alternative manufacturers are routinely packing their base-model trucks with new six- and four-cylinder turbocharged engine types that yield significantly increased fuel economy numbers and still boast enough “get-up-and-go” to get jobs done.

Lexington NC - 2019 Ram 2500's Mechanical

Powertrain – Ram 2500 specs in Lexington NC

In terms of competition, the 2500 is usually challenged by the likes of Toyota’s Tundra, a V8-powered full-size truck with 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque – but what keeps the Ram holding its own against the Tundra is its head-turning looks, versatile suspension, strong turbodiesel powerplant and the way in which it balances style, comfort and capability very well. Let’s get a couple of things out of the way, off the bat: In pitting the 2019 Ram 2500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra, comfort is definitely one of the Ram’s strong suits, as passengers in the extended cab are able to stretch out considerably more than those in the Tundra. Headroom and legroom are about even between both trucks, something of a standardized metric when talking about vehicles in this class.

Safety – 2019 Ram 2500 dealer

Often dubbed “a refined workhorse” by those in the automotive press, the Ram 2500 is enjoyable to drive and offers advanced safety features for the first time in the model’s existence. In fact, corporate entities at the Chrysler/Dodge corporation have ordered the revision of the 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups for 2019 with an emphasis on making them quieter, more luxurious and smoother-riding, with a splash of increased towing and hauling prowess for good measure. Most often used by commercial contractors, ranchers and farmers during the week and on weekends by folks who haul horses, RV trailers or large boats, Ram’s 2500 can tow an astonishing 35,100 pounds and handle a 7,680-pound payload – including the weight of the passengers in the cabin and the cargo in the bed.

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