2018 Ford F-150 vs. 2018 Toyota Tundra Comparison
2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Starting Price: $35,640 | Price yours
Above Average: Capability, comfort, luxury amenities, high-tech towing aids
Below Average: Near-luxury features can mean near-luxury pricing
Consensus: Best-selling truck (and vehicle) in America for a reason
2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Starting Price: $36,545 | Price yours
Above Average: Ride comfort, reliability
Below Average: Infotainment, fuel economy, not best-in-class capability
Consensus: A proven track record helps make it a resale value champ
The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are designed to work hard and play hard, but each pickup has a different approach to appeal to truck buyers. The F-150 ranges from utilitarian work truck to a lavish luxury ride with a cowboy-influenced interior. Ford’s F-150 also tends to be on the leading edge of technology that makes it easier to tow, haul and enjoy a comfortable interior. They took the daring steps of switching to a military-grade aluminum body and offering turbocharged V6 engines, moves that make the F-150 more efficient without sacrificing capability. Toyota also offers a range of various trim levels, but its option list isn’t quite as long. The Tundra is the older-school (and older) truck of the two – it uses a steel body and only V8 engines, but boasts rock-solid reliability and resale value.
Ford F-150 Advantages
Fantastic towing and payload capacity put the F-150’s capability at the top of the segment, one of the factors that keeps the F-Series the best-selling vehicle in America. Ford added in cool driver assist aids that make it easier and safer to tow; as an example, the truck’s available blind-spot monitoring also covers anything that’s in your trailer’s blind spot. There are easy ways to access cargo, such as the tailgate-mounted side step. The F-150 makes it easy to get as bare-bones or as ultra-lux as you want, with a wide array of trim levels. The Ford’s smaller-displacement turbocharged engines are efficient yet powerful, but for those who want more traditional options, there’s a non-turbo V6 and V8. There’s even a diesel option. And if you want a Baja-tested off-road tough truck, there’s the awesome Raptor.
Toyota Tundra Advantages
The Toyota Tundra is a comfortable, high-quality all-around hard-working truck. It isn’t flashy like the F-150; what the Tundra excels at is doing a fine job at everything. It can tow more than 10,000 pounds. It can comfortably seat six, whether you pick the Double Cab or roomier CrewMax configuration. Toyota’s full-size truck has multiple high-lux trim levels. The Tundra comes standard with V8 power. It offers an off-road package for exploring dirt trails or navigating poorly maintained fire roads. The Tundra is well-built, reliable, and offers excellent resale value, a combination that appeals to a large percentage of full-size truck buyers.
Both offer a compelling choice of cab sizes, wheelbase and bed length, and trim levels that range from bare-bones to extra fancy. These trucks can do hard work, but are also well tailored to be pleasing family vehicles. Both have also developed a loyal following, and both are recognized for strong resale values.
Both trucks deserve to be on your shopping list, but the Ford F-150 has earned KBB’s Pickup Truck Best Buy award four years in a row because of its combination of best-in-class capability, innovation, engine choices, ease of use and comfort, and it’s our choice here, too.
|2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew||2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax|
|Engine||2.7-liter turbo V6||4.6-liter V8|
|Horsepower||325 hp @ 5,000 rpm||310 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm||327 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 10-Spd||Automatic, 6-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||22 mpg (20 city/26 hwy)||16 mpg (15 city/19 hwy)|
|Also Available||3.3L V6, 5.0L V8, 3.5L turbo V6, 3.0L diesel V6||5.7L V8|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||4 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||145.0-156.8 inches||145.7 inches|
|Overall Length||231.9-243.7 inches||228.9 inches|
|Width||79.9 inches||79.9 inches|
|Height||75.6-77.3 inches||75.8-76.2 inches|
|Headroom, Front||40.8 inches||39.7 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||40.4 inches||38.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.9 inches||42.5 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||43.6 inches||42.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||66.7 inches||65.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||65.9 inches||65.5 inches|
|Max Payload (Crew Cab)||2,890 pounds||1,660 pounds|
|Max Towing (Crew Cab)||13,200 pounds||10,100 pounds|