F-150 Destroys Tundra in Head-to-Head Comparison

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U.S. News Pits F-150 Against Toyota Tundra, Further Solidifies Ford’s Dominance

Ford’s F-Series pickups have held the crown as America’s best-selling truck for so long it’s hard to imagine them ever falling from grace. But sustained success in a hyper competitive market doesn’t come from resting on your laurels. Ford continuously improves their best selling truck, often taking risks and pushing new technology to stay ahead of the pack.

So while the competition struggles to catch up, trucks like the Ford F-150 keep raising the bar. That much is evident any time you see a new full size trucks comparison by any publication or web site. And it’s very much evident in U.S. News and World Report‘s latest head-to-head match-up pitting the F-150 against the Toyota Tundra.

The 2017 F-150 already ranks as U.S. News’ #1 full size truck, so the results of this comparison should surprise no one. But what is surprising is just how far behind the Tundra lands in almost every category. It starts with engine choices. Not only do you get more options with the F-150, but its base 3.5 liter V6 makes almost as much power as the Tundra’s 4.6 liter V8. Opt for the 5.0, and Ford’s V8 produces an astounding 75 more horsepower.

Ford doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy in the process either. The 2.7 liter Ecoboost returns 19 mpg’s in the city and 26 on the highway. The Tundra, which isn’t offered with a V6 option, can only muster a best of 15/19. And despite being down 75 horsepower, it still can’t match the 5.0 V8’s 15/22 rating. To top things off, U.S. News found the Tundra’s ride quality and brakes to be worse than the F-150’s as well.

The F-150 features better towing and payload capacity to boot. Inside, the F-150’s “luxurious and durable” materials trump the “extremely dated” threads of the Toyota. F-150 buyers get a plethora of technology and convenience options that the Tundra simply doesn’t offer. To rub salt in the Tundra’s wounds, the F-150 is also safer and cheaper.

If anything, it’s quite clear that Toyota needs to head back to the drawing board with the Tundra. There’s really no compelling reason to buy one, unless you simply want to be different. And in this case, individuality comes at a major disadvantage.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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