A number of new Blue Oval products have enjoyed tremendous success in recent comparison tests, including the 2022 Ford Maverick beating out the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the 2021 Ford Bronco triumphing over the Jeep Wrangler, and the Ford Bronco Sport taking down both the Toyota RAV4 and the Wrangler, interestingly enough. Now, with the new from the ground up 2022 Toyota Tundra launching, MotorTrend decided to pit it against the segment stalwart – the 2021 Ford F-150 – to see how well the totally redesigned pickup stands up.
In this particular test, MotorTrend chose a 2021 Ford F-150 XLT fitted with the Max Trailer Tow Package and FoMoCo’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which touts a sticker price of $58,575, as well as a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited with the TRD Off-Road Package, the automaker’s new twin-turbo 3.5L V6, and a $60,188 price tag.
In the looks department, MT notes that the F-150 “is the slightly better-looking truck in our eyes,” pointing to the Tundra’s “giant, gaping grille, which reminds us of a jet plane missing its nose cone,” as well as its vertical taillights, which “don’t seem to be as integrated into the truck’s overall design.” The Tundra’s interior is “more modern in execution,” while the “F-150’s stereo, A/C, and steering wheel controls, with their dials and plastic buttons, look old-fashioned by comparison, but they’re arguably easier to use.”
Out on the road, MT noted that the “F-150 provides a lot of go for the extra dough,” thanks to its 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – 11 and 21 more than the Tundra, as well as the fact that it weighs nearly 500 pounds less, making it nearly one full second quicker to 60 miles-per-hour from a standstill while also getting one extra mile-per-gallon in fuel economy across the board.
Despite its coil-spring rear suspension, the Tundra’s ride quality was worse than the leaf-sprung F-150, too, particularly on rough surfaces. MT also found the F-150’s steering and lane centering to be far superior, while the Ford was the clear winner in terms of payload and towing, with ratings of 2,100 and 13,900 pounds, respectively, versus the Tundra’s 1,740 and 11,120-pound ratings.
In the end, the 2021 Ford F-150 retained its title for a number of reasons. “The F-150 is the better and more comfortable truck to drive,” MT concluded. “The Ford’s interior is marginally nicer and easier to use,” it “carries a lot more cargo,” has “more capacity and a better trailer-backing system,” and “has a look we think will age better.” To us, that sounds like a pretty clean sweep, as far as trucks go.