North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford F-150 VS 2012 Toyota Tundra Near Calhoun, GA

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2012 Ford F-150

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2012 Toyota Tundra

Safety Comparison

The F-150’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Tundra doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The F-150 offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tundra doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-150 and the Tundra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Toyota Tundra:





4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

211 lbs.

291 lbs.

Neck Compression

43 lbs.

138 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

110/36 lbs.

546/370 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is safer than the Tundra Regular Cab:





5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

36 g’s

43 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

87 / 150

479 / 446



5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

34 g’s

42 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

540 / 262

545 / 528

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Tundra doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-150 first among large pickups in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The Tundra was rated second.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Tundra:



F-150 3.7 DOHC V6

302 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

360 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

F-150 6.2 SOHC V8

411 HP

434 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 4.0 DOHC V6

270 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 4.6 DOHC V8

310 HP

327 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8

381 HP

401 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 twin turbo V6 is faster than the Toyota Tundra V8:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.4 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Tundra:





17 city/23 hwy

16 city/20 hwy


turbo V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto



16 city/21 hwy


turbo V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

5.0 V8/Auto

14 city/19 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 9.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tundra (36 vs. 26.4 gallons).

The F-150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tundra doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Tundra:



70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

197 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

178 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F-150 offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Tundra’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

The Ford F-150’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Tundra only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed King Ranch SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed STX Regular Cab executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tundra Standard Bed Work Truck Regular Cab (29.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Harley Davidson SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has .8 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Tundra Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150’s cargo box is larger than the Tundra’s in almost every dimension:

F-150 SuperCrew

Tundra CrewMax

Length (short/long)



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tundra doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows available on both the F-150 and the Tundra have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-150 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Tundra prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The F-150’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tundra’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Tundra doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-150’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Tundra Work Truck’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The F-150 Platinum’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tundra SR5/Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-150’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Tundra’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the F-150 and the Tundra offer available heated front seats. The F-150 Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Tundra.

Optional Sync AppLink for the F-150 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Tundra doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Tundra because typical repairs cost much less on the F-150 than the Tundra, including $127 less for an alternator, $101 less for front brake pads, $534 less for a starter, $253 less for fuel injection, $198 less for front struts and $35 less for a power steering pump.

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