Ford F-150 vs. Toyota Tundra

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, Automotive Editor - January 14, 2022

In the full-size pickup truck segment, the Ford F-150 continues to reign supreme. At the time of writing, no other truck offers the same well-rounded powertrains as the F-150. From a burly V8 to a high-performance twin-turbo V6, Ford also offers the F-150 with a hybrid powertrain and in an all-electric model. Additionally, the F-150 continues to lead the class for towing capacity and work-friendly features.

Toyota rolled out an all-new Tundra for 2022. The Japanese pickup enters the competitive segment with a bold design, updated engines, and more capability than before. Additionally, the Tundra offers some of the most high-tech features of any full-size pickup truck. Has Toyota done enough with its full redesign to make the Tundra beat the F-150? We’ll answer that question in this comparison.

What the Toyota Tundra Gets Right

The 2022 now comes standard with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Toyota’s standard V6 is one of the more potent standard engines in the segment and easily beats the F-150’s standard 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.

The Tundra offers some of the best available tech features in the full-size segment. Available features in the Tundra include a 14-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The F-150 can be fitted with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen, but these aren’t as big as the Tundra’s available features.

When it comes to standard safety features, the Tundra comes with far more technology than the F-150. Standard safety features that you won’t find on the F-150 include lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition.

Both the Tundra and F-150 are available with hybrid powertrains. The Tundra's hybrid powertrain is more powerful than the F-150’s. Toyota offers the pickup with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 Hybrid has a similar powertrain, but it generates 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.

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What the Ford F-150 Gets Right

Ford continues to offer the F-150 in a work-truck-oriented trim with the XL. It doesn’t come with a lot of standard equipment but starts at $30,985 with destination. The most affordable Tundra SR costs $37,645. The Tundra may come far better equipped than the F-150, but $6,660 is a large amount of savings in favor of the F-150.

For shoppers that want a variety of powertrain choices, the F-150’s extensive list of engines blows the Tundra’s out of the water. There are a total of six different powertrains with the F-150. The engines include two twin-turbo V6 motors, a V8, a diesel, and the all-electric F-150 Lightning. While it’s possible that Toyota may offer the Tundra with more electrified powertrains in the future, it can’t match the F-150 now.

When properly equipped, the F-150 leads the full-size segment for towing and payload capacity. The F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds and has a payload capacity of 3,325 pounds. The best the Tundra can do is tow up to 12,000 pounds and haul up to 1,940 pounds. For consumers that plan to get some serious work done, the F-150 is the better choice of the two.

Because of their size, full-size pickup trucks aren’t the first vehicles we recommend for off-roading. But, the F-150 Raptor is a high-performance truck that’s meant to hit high speeds on rough terrain. With a burly exhaust system, a high-tech all-wheel-drive system, sophisticated suspension, 37-inch all-terrain tires, and a rugged body kit, the Raptor offers more capability than the Tundra TRD Pro.

Read Our Overview of the Ford F-150

How Do You Plan To Use Your Truck?

These two pickup trucks may compete in the same class, but they appeal to different shoppers. The Tundra has a better list of standard features, offers a better standard engine, and has a more powerful hybrid powertrain. It can’t match the F-150’s capability, off-roading prowess, or luxurious feel, though. If these things don’t matter to you, the fully redesigned Tundra is a great option.

Our Verdict

For the majority of people, the Ford F-150 is a better choice than the Toyota Tundra. With more engines to choose from, more available body styles, and more capability, the F-150 is a truck that can cater to people looking for a simple work truck up to shoppers that want a six-figure luxury car. At the same time, the F-150 can out-tow anything in the segment.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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