2019 Ford F-150 vs. Toyota Tundra

July 22nd, 2019 by

Ford F-150 pickup truck

Big, Durable, Reliable.

Mid-sized trucks such as the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are known to be powerful workhorses able to handle heavy loads and long hours. But there are always differences, and some models seem to have the edge over others.

Performance and Handling

One big difference between the F-150 and the Tundra is in engine options. The Ford F-150 offers up to six different V6 engines including a 2.7-liter, a 3.0-liter, and a 450-horsepower turbocharged model that offers the driver a great deal of raw power under the hood. By contrast, the Tundra offers two options — a 4.6-liter and a 5.7-liter V8. The Ford F-150 comes out ahead in terms of both increased options and horsepower.

Steering has always been an issue with large trucks, and in this area, the two are similar; both take some handling especially in tight situations. However, the Tundra has a tendency to not return to center easily following turns, an issue the F-150 doesn’t have.

Interiors and Technology

Truck interiors, on the whole, are usually not on the luxurious side. However, some are more up-to-date and have more ease of use than others. In the case of the F-150 and the Tundra, both vehicles have large, logically placed, easy-to-use controls that most drivers will be able to use with little difficulty. In addition, both have a great deal of roominess on all sides. Passengers would find either truck well outfitted in this area.

On the other hand, many will find the F-150 easier to get into and out of, as the Ford truck has a standard grab handle not included on the Toyota Tundra, as well as standard running boards. The Tundra has steps available for easier climbing, but running boards and grab handles (standard on all four doors in the F-150) may well be crucial for those who find it difficult to climb into a high vehicle.

The Tundra has issues with smartphone connectivity, and multiple attempts to make calls may be necessary with this model. On the other hand, the Ford F-150 uses the Sync 3 system that allows connection through Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth systems.

Both vehicles have electronic driver aids and voice control, but by contrast, the Tundra’s voice control system is not as easy to use; it can only be used through a very specific and exacting set of menu options. Overall, the F-150 seems more user-friendly in terms of its technology features.

Comfort

Generally, comfort is not among the first considerations that go into the design of a pickup truck. But if one is driving a truck often along the streets of Purcell, Oklahoma city, and Norman, comfort will certainly come into the thoughts of the driver. In this, the 2019 Ford F-150 for sale at Zeck Ford Oklahoma seems the clear winner.

Although both trucks feature large and roomy seating areas, the seats themselves are quite different. The F-150 features ergonomic, comfortable leather seats that can help ease the physical stress and tension of long jaunts.

By contrast, the Tundra’s seats are on the rigid side, not ergonomically shaped, and do not allow for back adjustment for comfort. In addition, the height can only be lowered to a certain point, unlike the F-150’s seats, which are fully adjustable.

Another aspect of vehicular comfort is the smoothness of the ride. Trucks have never been smooth ride vehicles due to their size and construction, and most buyers don’t really expect the level of comfort they might expect from something like an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Still, when drivers are on the road for long periods, this also becomes a concern in terms of physical stress.

Both trucks can be stiff and bouncy on the road, but the F-150 has a tendency to absorb shocks a little more readily on rough surfaces. The Toyota Tundra often has more of a tendency to bounce or rock from side to side with uneven surfaces, which can add to stress on the driver’s body on the road.

Utility

For all this, however, the reason most customers turn to a pickup truck is simply utility. They want cargo space, hauling, and towing. In this, both trucks are more than useful and should provide years of reliable service.

Cargo space tends to be easier to access with the F-150. Its rear seat flips up to allow for ease of cargo loading. The Tundra, on the other hand, has a good deal of space, but its rear seat does not move and takes up a lot of space that could be devoted to cargo hauling. The F-150 makes it much easier to load and carry large items. It also has an advantage in terms of small items, as the Tundra tends to have less room where the glove box, cup holder, and similar small-load areas are concerned.

The two trucks have similarly large capacities when it comes to the bed and hauling. The hauling capacity is comparable and both can take large payloads. However, the F-150 does offer another crucial ‘extra’ not found in the Tundra: it has a set of tailgate steps that can be folded away after load-in or load-out is completed. This makes it much more useful for those planning to load and haul often.

The third important function of any useful pickup is towing. In this, the Toyota Tundra has a slight edge, as it is capable of towing a maximum of 10,000 pounds to the F-150’s maximum of 9,000. Most towing jobs will probably not push a pickup truck to the edge of its capabilities, however, so this difference may not mean much in practical terms.

Summary

To sum up, both the 2019 Toyota Tundra and the Ford F-150 are top rated, worthy, capable, reliable entries in the mid-sized pickup truck market. Both are large and have powerful engines, both have good hauling and towing capacity, and both have modern styling. However, the F-150 has advantages in technology, handling, horsepower, and cargo space that makes the Tundra seem outdated in crucial areas.

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