2018 Toyota Tundra vs 2018 Ford F-150
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The 2018 Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup with a choice of two powerful V8 engines, excellent towing capacity and outstanding off-road capability. Tundra buyers at the Toyota Dealer Serving Caldwell like the Tundra’s versatility, because it can be configured in a number of ways to meet their needs: as a brawny work truck, a comfortable and well-appointed daily driver, or a rugged off-roader. The Tundra is available in Double Cab and CrewMax cab styles with three bed lengths. The 2018 Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup that competes on the same playing field as the Toyota Tundra. We’ll examine these two trucks closely to determine which will come out ahead.
The starting MSRP of the 2018 Toyota Tundra is $31,120, while the Ford F-150, has a starting MSRP of $27,705. This might seem like a slam dunk for the F-150, but let’s look a little closer. If you buy a well-equipped F-150, it will cost more than $40,000. But at the base price of $31,120, the Tundra already comes with the features that cost more on the F-150. So, the Tundra is really the best value.
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The F-150’s base V6 engine is smaller and less powerful than the Tundra’s powerful V8. The base engine for the 2018 Toyota Tundra is a 4.6-liter V8 that develops 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. The F-150’s base engine is a 3.3-liter V6 that generates 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque.
Looking at the top of each lineup, Motor Trend tested the Toyota Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 and the Ford F-150’s 3.5-liter V6 and found the Toyota’s V8 was faster. The Toyota Tundra made the dash from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds, while the Ford F-150 took 6.1 seconds.
F-150 owners will be making more trips to the gas pump, because the standard fuel tank in the F-150 holds 23 gallons, compared with 26.4 gallons for Tundra. Move up to the Tundra’s upper trims and you get a fuel tank with a capacity of 38 gallons, which is two gallons more than the F-150’s optional 36-gallon fuel tank.
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The 2018 Toyota Tundra comes loaded with standard features, many of which are advanced safety features only offered on the F-150’s more expensive upper trim levels. The Tundra’s standard features include automatic high beams, lane departure alert with a sway warning system, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, trailer sway control, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise controland a backup camera.
Both the 2018 Toyota Tundra and the 2018 Ford F-150 come with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. But Toyota’s warranty includes scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for two years and 25,000 miles. This includes oil changes, lubrication and any other routine maintenance. You won’t get complimentary maintenance with the Ford F-150.
Reliability is an important factor when buying any vehicle, but even more so when buying a work truck, where downtime may cost money. In Consumer Reports testing, the Ford F-150 ranked 56 points lower than the Toyota Tundra for reliability. In its 2017 Initial Quality Study, J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Tundra third in the large light-duty pickup category. The F-150 didn’t make it to the top three.
In The End
When you put it all together, it makes more sense to buy the 2018 Toyota Tundra than the 2018 Ford F-150.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.