Ford F-150 vs. Toyota Tundra

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, Automotive Editor - June 25, 2021

For decades, the Ford F-150 has reigned supreme as the most popular pickup truck on the market. Offering shoppers with the most towing capacity of any full-size pickup truck, a highly robust lineup of engines, and upscale features, the F-150 manages to be a pickup truck that hits all of the right notes. Ford has also introduced an all-electric version of the F-150, propelling the nameplate to new heights.

The Toyota Tundra languishes as one of the oldest pickups on the market. While that’s expected to change soon, as Toyota will be unveiling an all-new redesigned Tundra shortly, the current model doesn’t have what it takes to be competitive in the full-size segment.

In this comparison, we’ll take a look at how the F-150 stacks up against the Tundra. In the end, we’ll name a winner that will be a better option for the majority of consumers based on key specs and features.

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What the Ford F-150 Gets Right

Despite being the newer model, the F-150 is the more affordable pickup truck of the two options. The F-150 starts at $30,985 with destination, while the Tundra is priced at $35,675. The F-150 may be more affordable than the Tundra, but it comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that’s larger than the Toyota’s standard 7-inch unit.

When properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds and has a payload capacity of 3,325 pounds. The most the Tundra can tow is 10,200 pounds, while the truck’s payload capacity is rated to be 1,730 pounds. The F-150's figures lead the class with the Tundra lagging behind most competitors.

Ford offers a total of six different powertrains with the F-150, which includes a diesel engine, a hybrid powertrain, and a capable V8. Toyota only offers the Tundra with one V8 engine. Power for the F-150 goes up to 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, while the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 is rated at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.

On the tech front, the F-150 offers far more tech features than the Tundra. The F-150 can be equipped with a 12-inch touchscreen, an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, perpendicular park assist, trailer backup assist, and trailer reverse guidance.

What the Toyota Tundra Gets Right

Toyota offers an extensive list of standard safety features on the Tundra. Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection are standard on the truck. The F-150 comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection as standard.

While the F-150 comes with a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine as standard, the Tundra comes with a standard V8. The V6 engine in the F-150 makes 325 hp, while Toyota’s 5.7-liter V8 produces 381 hp.

Who’s the Tundra For?

The Ford F-150 has moved along with the times, while the Toyota Tundra hasn’t. Time has stood still for the Tundra, as Toyota continues to stick with the “older is better” methodology. For consumers that want a durable, no-frills truck, the Tundra continues to linger on.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

In every conceivable way, the Ford F-150 is a far superior truck to the Toyota Tundra. With modern powertrains, more high-tech features, higher towing and payload capacities, and more upscale features, the F-150 is the king of the hill. We’ll have to wait and see what Toyota has in store for the all-new Tundra, but at the moment, these two pickups aren’t in the same league.

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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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