2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford F-150

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    Starting at

    $28,495

    2020 Toyota Tundra

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    Starting at

    $33,425

    450 HPHorsepower381 HP
    13,200 lbs.Towing Capacity10,200 lbs.
    3,270 lbs.Payload 1,730 lbs.

    You could say that the full-size, light-duty pickup market is a bit crowded, but that just means you have a lot of options to choose from when you go to buy a truck. Not all of those options are equal, however, which is why it is so important to compare what is out there and see what would work best for you. When you look at the 2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra, for example, you can quickly see that the Ford F-150 blows away the Tundra in some very important ways.

    For starters, you can choose between six different engines in the F-150, while the Tundra has only one engine available and no options to change either it or the transmission. That might be alright if the engine and transmission in the Tundra were the finest pieces of engineering ever created, but they are not. You get more choices with the Ford F-150, and those include options for much more power and torque than the 2020 Tundra can muster. And that greater power comes through in some very practical ways: the 2020 Ford F-150 can be configured for greater towing capacity and greater payload than any version of the Tundra.

    There are quite a few different trims to choose from the Toyota Tundra, which is nice, and it has some good options inside and concerning safety. But the 2020 Ford F-150 is simply a better full-size truck, offering greater power and superior performance, with fantastic features that make towing a breeze. There is a reason the Ford F-Series of trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in America for decades. Come and see the impressive 2020 F-150 and the rest of the Ford lineup for yourself here at Kings Ford – we will not rest until you drive away completely happy.

  • Performance

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    Engines and Transmission

    When you are comparing two trucks like the 2020 Ford F-150 and the 2020 Toyota Tundra, the engine is a great place to start. Right off the bat, the Ford pickup takes an advantage because it has six engines available while the Tundra has only one. Fortunately, the Tundra’s engine is pretty good, but that is still a serious issue for a lot of our customers.

    Rather than detail every single engine available on the F-150, we will just look at a few of them and see what they have to offer. 

    The starting engine in the Ford truck is a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine that provides up to 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. There is also an available 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine that offers up to 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque; as well as a 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel V6 engine that offers up to 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

    High-Output Engines on the F-150

    Finally, there is an available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with two versions to choose from: a standard model that offers up to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and a High-Output one that provides you with up to 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Many of these engines come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that makes for a fantastic driving experience and really lets you take advantage of everything they have to offer.

    Toyota Tundra Engine and Performance

    By comparison, the only available engine in the 2020 Toyota Tundra is a 5.7L V8 engine that provides up to 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Now, if you look at this compared to the starting engine in the Ford F-150, then the Tundra certainly comes out on top with more horsepower and torque. However, when you compare it to the most powerful engine in the Ford pickup, then the F-150 gives you an additional 70 hp and more than 100 lb-ft of torque more than the Toyota.

    It should also be noted that the 2020 Toyota Tundra is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Even if you want to pay more for a nicer transmission in a higher trim level, you are still stuck with a 6-speed. Compared to the 10-speed automatic in a lot of the 2020 Ford F-150 models, that really falls short.

  • Towing and Payload Capacity

    A blue 2020 Ford F-150 is towing a large horse trailer on a farm.

    Towing and Payload

    While towing and payload might not be as important with a light-duty pickup as they are in a heavy-duty model, they are still worth considering. If you choose a full-size truck, then it should be able to handle any work you need it to. Once again, Ford comes out on top here as the F-150 is simply more powerful overall than the Tundra.

    Towing Capacity

    The 2020 Ford F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 13,200 lbs when properly configured and with the right engine. By comparison, the 2020 Toyota Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,200 lbs when properly configured. That is a huge difference; with the Ford F-150, you can haul more than an additional ton of weight behind your truck than you can with the Tundra.

    In terms of how much weight you can load onto your truck, the 2020 F-150 has a maximum payload capacity of up to 3,270 lbs when properly configured. The Toyota Tundra, on the other hand, has a maximum payload of up to 1,730 lbs. Once again, the F-150 is the clear winner, offering almost double the maximum payload than the Tundra can handle. If you are looking to pile up a lot of stuff in the back of your truck, like sheets of drywall or lumber, then this difference can be a big issue and really matter over time.

  • Interior

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    Interior Options on the F-150

    Both the 2020 Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra have great interior features and options, depending on which trim you choose. For example, the highest trim of the F-150, which is the Limited, has an 8-inch driver productivity display, ambient lighting, and numerous USB ports and power outlets. The Limited has power-adjustable pedals with driver memory, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also comes with Navigation and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.

    Interior Options on the Tundra

    The 2020 Toyota Tundra Platinum features dual-zone automatic climate control and a 4-inch driver information display. The Tundra Platinum also has heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and USB ports and power outlets. With the Platinum, driver’s get an 8-inch touchscreen display with Navigation and a 12-speaker JBL sound system. Inside, these are both great trucks, and this is one area where Toyota came through to match what Ford has to offer.

  • Safety

    A silver 2020 Ford F-150, which wins when comparing the 2020 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra, is driving under a bridge near Cincinnati, OH.

    Safety Features on the F-150

    Both the 2020 Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra are great trucks in terms of safety features, though the F-150 is a better option for easier towing. The Ford has available features that include a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, auto high-beam headlamps, and adaptive cruise control. You can also get a lane-keeping system and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking on the F-150. The available Pro Trailer Backup Assist lets you use a knob in the cabin to adjust the direction your trailer moves when backing up while towing, which makes it much easier to park in a precise location.

    Safety Features on the Tundra

    Although the 2020 Toyota Tundra has some good safety features, it still comes up short. Toyota Safety Sense on the Tundra includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a lane departure alert, and numerous airbags. The Tundra has brake assist with smart stop technology and automatic high beams very much like those found on the F-150. You cannot get the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature on the Toyota Tundra, however, which is just one more way that the Ford F-150 is a superior choice for towing. 

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