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Ford F-150 Obliterates Toyota Tundra In A Head-To-Head Comparison

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck in North America for an astonishing 40 straight years now, and it seems as though nothing can topple it from its perch atop the hill. Of those pickups that try, we tend to hear more about the Ford F-150’s American competition – the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and the Ram 1500 – than the full-size trucks of Japan.

But how does, say, the 2017 Toyota Tundra fare in a head-to-head shootout with the 2017 Ford F-150? In so many words: not well.

US News & World Report recently published a comparison between the two full-size trucks, split up into eleven distinct categories. Of those categories – which included things like Powertrains, Towing & Hauling, and Interior – the Ford F-150 either beat or tied with the Toyota Tundra in each, save for one: Reliability.

That’s because, according to a Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power & Associates, the Toyota Tundra has a predicted-reliability rating of four out of five stars. The Ford F-150, meanwhile, earned three-and-a-half stars in the same study. (We assume these ratings came from the 2016 Vehicle Dependability Study; 2017’s results are still pending, and will become available on February 22nd.)

Meanwhile, two of the categories that US News & World Report examined resulted in a tie between the 2017 Toyota Tundra and 2017 Ford F-150: Bed, and Seating. The Tundra does offer larger cargo beds in each cab configuration than the F-150, but the latter truck offers nifty features like stowable ramps and an integrated tailgate step. Seating was a wash because “the two trucks have so many similar offerings,” says the website.

For the full pickup truck comparison, head on over to US News & World Report.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Patrick

    A bit misleading in some points in the report. Price and Gas milage was comparing base classes. Since the Ford comes in a (basically worthless) V6 and there is no such option for the Toyota then they should not have done a comparison. What is the price difference and gas milage between similarly classed V8 trucks, — not much different. Biggest issue for most consumers– which one will hold its resale value? In 5 years when I need a new truck, which one is going to worth almost nothing? Ford wins hands down.

    1. Ken

      I think a lot to do the with resale is selection. I just bought a used F-150. I was originally looking for a Toyota but the selection was slim and they were over priced. Toyota holds value I’ll give you that, even if the frames rot badly.


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