2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Ford F-150

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford F-150 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Tundra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The F-150 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the F-150 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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the Ford F-150:

 

Tundra

F-150

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

15

22

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

120 lbs.

174 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

 

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

396

414

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

42 G’s

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

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the F-150.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tundra’s reliability 32 points higher than the F-150.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8 is faster than the Ford F-150 EcoBoost:

 

Tundra

F-150 2.7

F-150 3.5

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.5 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.5 sec

12.2 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.5 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

89.5 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The F-150 with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tundra’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-150’s optional fuel tank (38 vs. 36 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Tundra stops much shorter than the F-150:

 

Tundra

F-150

 

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tundra has larger standard tires than the F-150 (255/70R18 vs. 245/70R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the F-150.

Suspension and Handling

The Tundra TRD Sport has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tundra TRD Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The F-150’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra’s wheelbase is longer than on the F-150:

 

Tundra

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145.7 inches

145 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.6 inches

163.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

145.7 inches

145 inches

The Tundra Short Bed Platinum CrewMax 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the F-150 Raptor SuperCab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tundra’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

 

Tundra

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

47.1 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

53 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

44 feet

47.8 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

47.1 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

53 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

44 feet

47.8 feet

Chassis

The Tundra is shorter than the F-150, making the Tundra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Tundra

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

228.9 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

228.9 inches

231.9 inches

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Tundra Short Bed Platinum CrewMax 4x4 is quieter than the F-150 Raptor SuperCab:

 

Tundra

F-150

Full-Throttle

74 dB

86 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space

The Tundra Double Cab has .1 inches more front hip room and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tundra CrewMax’s rear seats recline. The F-150’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Tundra Double Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCab 6.5 ft. Bed (66.3 vs. 62.3 cubic feet). The Tundra Double Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCab Long Bed (82.5 vs. 77.4 cubic feet).

The Tundra CrewMax has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew 5.5 ft. Bed (56.1 vs. 52.8 cubic feet).

The Toyota Tundra has a standard Easy Lower and Lift Tailgate, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Ford F-150.

Payload and Towing

The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (6400 vs. 5000 pounds).

The Tundra CrewMax has a higher standard payload capacity than the F-150 SuperCrew:

 

Tundra

F-150

Crew Cab

1560 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

1440 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Ergonomics

The Tundra’s standard driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The F-150’s basic optional power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Tundra Limited has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The F-150 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The F-150 only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford charges extra for heated mirrors on the F-150.

When the Tundra Platinum/1794 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The F-150’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 53.8% to 78.42% of its original price after five years, while the F-150 only retains 44.4% to 75.6%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the F-150 because typical repairs cost less on the Tundra than the F-150, including $93 less for a water pump, $198 less for fuel injection and $197 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tundra will be $2350 to $5872 less than for the Ford F-150.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

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