Do-Everything Trucks: Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150

November 26th, 2014 by

Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150

Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150

Full-size trucks are one of the most competitive segments of the American automotive marketplace. Trucks are expected to be able to do everything – from comfortably carrying passengers to towing the heaviest loads.  It’s a tall order that not every truck model will be able to fill. So here is a comparison of two of the most popular trucks on the market today: the Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150.

To begin with, the Ford F-150 has been around for what seems like forever. That, in part, is what makes the F-150 popular.  The F-150 has been a leader in its category in towing, payload capacity and in-cab amenities.

Beyond those features, the Toyota Tundra is the more versatile truck of the two.

When considering the Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150 price will be a key component.  The Toyota Tundra retails for around $3-$4K below the F-150 for similarly equipped trucks and that includes the latest updates, upgrades and refreshed styling of the 2014/2015 edition of the Tundra.  Also, the Tundra can be expected to produce better gas mileage in town than the F-150.  The Tundra is estimated to get 15 miles per gallon in the city and around 20 mpg on the highway.

Toyota’s Tundra trucks are nimbler than the Ford offerings, with better turning radius, more horsepower, and an improved power and suspension. They both are available with multiple Cab options: Regular Cab, Double Cab/Super Cab, Crew Max/Super Crew.  The terminology is different but each offering is relatively similar. The Tundra in all configurations provides more interior space than the F-150.

The towing capacities of each truck are comparable. The Tundra (5.7-liter V-8) can easily tow over 10K. The F-150 can also tow 10K but is pulling with a much smaller 3.5L V6.  One also needs to consider the cost of ownership – KBB suggests that the Tundra is significantly the cheaper of two when considering the following: insurance, repairs, maintenance, depreciation, and financing.

Ford has begun utilizing aluminum for its engines, body panels and soon for its frames. This offers a decrease in weight and may lead to better fuel economy down the road.  It also begs questions about truck ownership realities. If using your truck for “truck-like,” “truck needed” activities what are the ramifications of aluminum parts, their capabilities, their repair/replacement costs, etc. This is a discussion for another blog in the future.

So, when you are looking for a “do-it-all full-size truck,” be sure to take a gander at the Toyota Tundra.