2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Toyota Tundra

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  • 2018 Ford F-150

    Grey 2018 F-150 compared against a Silverado

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    2018 Toyota Tundra

    White 2018 Toyota Tundra

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    450 hpMax Horsepower381 hp
    510 lb-ftMax Torque401 lb-ft
    23 GalFuel Tank26 Gal
    13,200 lbsTowing Capacity10,100 lbs
    3,270 lbsMax Cargo Rating1,670 lbs

    They are two of the most revered trucks available on the market today. When it comes time to find a vehicle capable of hauling any type of cargo or trailer you may need to move, it makes sense to have the 2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Toyota Tundra debate. Both trucks offer plenty of power, comfort, safety, and overall capability. But since you have to choose between the two, which one is the best option?

    As America’s number one selling truck, the F-150 makes a strong case for winning this debate. With many options such as different cabs, beds, and drivetrains to consider, it is easy to tailor this vehicle to your personal tastes with a platform starting at $27,610. The Toyota Tundra, on the other hand, focuses on performance and hauling capability with some of the same flexibility in the cabin and bed.

    Both trucks are considered full-sized pickups with several options to choose. They range in trims, engines, optional upgrades, and active safety features. Since they are both top-selling trucks, it is hard to go wrong with either one. However, when you start to look at the small details between the two, it is easy to see how the Ford F-150 edges out its competition.

  • Features

    These days, driving a truck is no different than moving around in a smaller sedan or station wagon. Truck interiors are lined with great features like comfortable seating, active heating and cooling systems, and advanced infotainment systems with large touch-enabled displays. Both the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150 are no different in this regard.

    Both trucks have a lot of similarities in the overall design style in the interior. Higher trims feature all-leather seating with the capability of seating up to five people in the extended or full cabins. Each truck also offers more technology with higher trims or as additional upgrades compared to what comes standard at the base levels.

    Some notable features of the Toyota Tundra include a six-speaker audio system that ties into the radio, CD player, or Bluetooth connection piping in music from a smart device. The truck’s infotainment system uses Toyota’s Entune system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Using the LCD panel, drivers gain access to a number of vehicle settings and features such as the vehicle’s status, system settings and menus, and the optional navigation screens.

    Ford’s approach to extra features is to provide a number of optional upgrades customers can use to customize their personal vehicle with things they actually want. Things like a twin-panel moonroof, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and satellite radio are available through additional packages or as stand-alone upgrades. The infotainment system offers a little bit more than the Tundra with extra perks like Siri Eyes Free control and navigation.

  • Safety

    Trucks have come a long way in the features and safety department in recent years. Along with fuel economy, truck manufacturers have realized modern truck owners need more than just pure performance out of these vehicles. The interior comforts of an SUV mixed with the safety technology of smaller cars can complete the overall package. For the 2018 Tundra vs F-150 debate, this is a tough area since both companies are doing things right when providing new, helpful features each year.

    In terms of safety, both trucks come with the usual mix of standard front and side airbags in the main cabin to protect the front passengers. Rear extended cab models also come with anchor and tie down points to secure child safety seats. With larger frames, both trucks also provide plenty of durability and strategically placed crumple zones to protect the occupants in the event of a crash.

    The Toyota Tundra wins extra points by offering their Toyota Safety Sense package as a standard feature on all of their trims. This package includes several active crash prevention features such as the Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, lane departure warning, and collision prevention systems. All of these systems increase the driver’s awareness while automatically kicking in to aid in response time.

    The F-150 comes with the same typical active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors/collision prevention systems. The truck tries to provide even more increased awareness with the 360-degree camera and split-view display screen. This system enables the driver to see around all sides of the truck while parking or attaching a trailer to the hitch. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) provides extra monitoring coverage when you have a trailer attached as well.

  • Economy

    Once upon a time, most truck owners were lucky enough to get over 15 MPG out of their vehicle of choice. It has always been a widely accepted reality that trucks aren’t known for their fuel efficiency. A large, heavy chassis prevents a truck from ever being on the same level as a small family coupe, but many automotive manufacturers haven’t been satisfied with the usual performance. As a result, fuel economy is now an important consideration for anyone looking at a new truck.

    The Toyota Tundra offers a respectable fuel efficiency that falls into the category of “average” for most modern trucks. Coming with a 26.4 gallon fuel tank, it wins in the size department so you can fill up with more gas. The fuel economy itself ranges around 14 city and 18 highway MPG with the base engine and drivetrain. More powerful engines and an all-wheel drivetrain will decrease this performance.

    Since 2015, Ford has taken the time to maximize fuel efficiency with the F-150. Using a unique all-aluminum chassis, the company has managed to shave several pounds off of the body weight to stretch the economy of its 23-gallon fuel tank. With an MPG rating of 20 city and 26 highway, the F-150 takes the cake for drivers wanting to haul things around without breaking the bank at the gas station.

  • Performance

    Arguably, the number one important quality about a truck is its performance. Trucks are meant to take on tough terrain while hauling cargo and people alike with ease. If the engine and drivetrain are not up to the task, there is no point in driving the pickup in the first place. Since both trucks are considered light-pickups in their base configurations, these two options are good for towing and hauling on a daily basis for the average driver.

    The Toyota Tundra has plenty to offer under the hood. With its top-tier V8 engine, the Tundra has a max horsepower rating of 381 HP with 401 pound-feet of torque. When coupled with a strong, all-wheel drivetrain, the truck offers around 10,100 pounds of towing capability along with 1,670 pounds of hauling in the truck bed. These specs give the truck some respectable performance, but if only the best will do, the F-150 wins top marks.

    At the top of the F-150’s engine options is a solid V8 that runs at 450 HP and 510 pound-feet of torque. The extra horsepower and torque allow the truck to handle heavier loads with less struggle. With a maximum of 13,200 pounds in towing capacity and 3,270 pounds hauling capacity, the F-150 promises to give you all the performance you will realistically need from a light-duty truck. Anything more means you will need to check out the super-duty range.

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