North Georgia Ford Compares 2021 Ford F-150 VS 2021 Toyota Tundra Near Calhoun, GA

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2021 Ford F-150

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2021 Toyota Tundra

Safety Comparison

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The F-150 offers optional Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Tundra doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The F-150 offers optional Reverse Brake Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Tundra doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the F-150. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Tundra.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F-150 4x4’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Tundra doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The F-150 (except XL) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tundra only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the F-150 and the Tundra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

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The F-150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 19 more horsepower (400 vs. 381) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 401) than the Tundra’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 19 more horsepower (400 vs. 381) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (500 vs. 401) than the Tundra’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The F-150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (430 vs. 381) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (570 vs. 401) than the Tundra’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

The F-150’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 401) than the Tundra’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 V6 hybrid gas is faster than the Toyota Tundra:

F-150

Tundra

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.7 sec

19.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.3 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

F-150

Tundra

4x2

3.5 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

25 city/26 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.5 turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

24 city/24 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

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

F-150

Tundra

4x2

3.3 V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/24 hwy

n/a

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

18 city/24 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

4x4

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel/10-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

3.3 V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/22 hwy

n/a

2.7 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

3.5 twin-turbo V6/10-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the F-150 PowerBoost’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Tundra doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tundra doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The F-150’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tundra’s optional 55 series tires.

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

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The F-150 5.5-foot Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .72 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.

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5-foot Regular Cab’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s (41.2 feet vs. 44 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 1150 pounds less than the Toyota Tundra.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-150 SuperCab has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Ford F-150 offers an optional Tailgate Step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tundra doesn’t offer stake post holes.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Tundra doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-150’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 F-150’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Tundra’s parking brake has to released manually.

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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Tundra doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Intelligent Access optional on the F-150 (except XL) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Tundra’s available Smart Key System doesn’t unlock the tailgate.

The F-150’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Tundra’s power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The F-150’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tundra SR’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The F-150’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tundra SR5/Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the F-150 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Tundra doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-150 (except XL/XLT) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The F-150’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Tundra’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

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

On extremely cold winter days, the F-150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tundra doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT/Lariat) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Tundra.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tundra doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The F-150 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 4 years. The Tundra has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2018 Truck of the Year. The Tundra was Truck of the Year in 2008.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Toyota Tundra by over eight to one during the 2020 model year.

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