2016 Truck Lineup: Tundra VS F-150

Let The Battle Of The Specs Begin: Ford F-150 Vs Tundra

Updated October 4, 2018

A good hard-working pickup truck is essential for any hard-working man or woman. Lately, the lines telling us which truck is best have been blurred by the truck manufacturers, causing people to abandon their favorite brand for another. But, if we were to compare two of them, say the 2016 Toyota Tundra and the 2016 Ford F-150, which one would reign supreme? Read on…

The Toyota Tundra:

2017 Tundra vs F150

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Toyota has come a long way from being the red-headed stepchild pickup maker they once were. They were looked down upon by the rest of the pickup truck world simply because they were “imports.” And, every red-blooded American knew that imports take away jobs. However, rarely is a modern vehicle produced primarily in America these days, with a lot of components being made overseas. In other words, it’s hard to judge a pickup truck based on where it’s made.

The 2016 Tundra is available with a couple of different engine packages, both of which are V8s. The smaller of the two is a 4.6 liter, capable of making 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful engine is a respectable 5.7 liter V8 that produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The extra torque in the later option is no doubt reserved for those with more towing requirements.

Speaking of towing, perhaps one of the most important aspects of owning a truck, is knowing how much you can haul with it. The following numbers are the max payload and towing numbers for the highest optioned truck available from Toyota: Maximum payload capacity is 2,060 lbs, while maximum towing is rated at 10,500 lbs.

The Ford F-150:

ford f150 vs tundra

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The F-150 has been America’s award winning sweetheart for many years. These trucks are built to high standards, and Ford really seems to be trying to take care of the environment lately with their lineup of economical Ecoboost engines.

There is a more diverse range of power plants available for the F-150 than there is for the Tundra. So, if you want a pickup that sips fuel, instead of guzzling it, chances are good that you’d go with the Ford. Engines range from 2.7 and 3.5 liters, up to the famous 5.0 liter V8. The smallest of those engines, the 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost, produces an amazing 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. Power numbers generally go up from there with the V8 giving up a generous 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to towing capacities, we used the same metrics we did for the Toyota: Maximum payload capacity with a properly optioned truck is 3,250 lbs, with the maximum towing capacity being 12,200 lbs.

The Verdict:

The pickup trucks are comparable in almost all other regards. They offer similar warranties and are both attractive looking vehicles. The Ford is slightly cheaper, but nothing to write home about. One area where they do stand at odds, is fuel economy. The Toyota gets a best estimate from the EPA of 15/19, while the Ford gets a best estimate of 19/26 when optioned out with the 2.7 liter V6.

The clear winner, at least in my eyes, is the 2016 Ford F-150. Ford gives more engine options giving you the ability to more with less. Not only does the truck cost slightly less to buy, but you’ll save money in the long haul because you won’t have to stop at the gas pump anywhere near as often. That, coupled with those big towing numbers, make the F-150 the better option.

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Calvin Escobar
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