Lots of people have compared this Tundra unfavorably to our Four Seasons Ram, but the first thing I noticed was the Tundra's running boards, which was one feature our $52,000 Ram lacked. Let me tell you, when you're barely 5'3", running boards are practically a necessity for stepping up into the cabin of a full-size pickup.
I think that one of the reasons this Tundra suffers in comparison to the Ram is that it is equipped with the 4.6-liter V-8, rather than the more powerful 5.7-liter unit. That means it puts out only 310 hp, as opposed to 381 with the larger V-8. It also has 18-inch wheels, which seem to perform fine but don't fill out the wheel wells as well as the 20-inch wheels on the Ram. On the plus side, the Tundra costs $10,500 less than our Ram. Even with the larger V-8, the price differential would be about $9000.
I do agree that the quality of the materials in the Tundra are more of the workaday variety, with more plastic and less wood-grain, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you're going to use this truck as a utility vehicle. There's lots of storage in the center console, with room for hanging folders. Plus there's a backup camera, another item our much more expensive Ram lacked.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor