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2021 Ford F-150 Beats 2022 Toyota Tundra In New Comparison Test

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.

We’ll have more on the F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson

    Dear Ford, please make a power full sliding rear window for the pickup line.

  2. dohc106

    Also clean up alot of those recalls then you can beat on your chest.

    1. Sam

      Toyota hid safety defects for 12 years. Remember that? The US government told them to stop selling in the US. Their own execs were saying they needed to come clean. Support Japan? Don’t think so.

      1. Mr. Me

        You do know every car manufacturer hides defects and recalls on their vehicles. But I’d rather buy a Toyota any day over a Ford.

  3. Mrknowitall

    So they did no truck stuff. Predictable.
    In a recent camper tow test, the Toyota bested a Powerboost truck by 2mpg.

  4. John Faz

    Please inform me on the 2021 Ford Raptor I ordered one back in June and still waiting for it thank you

  5. Mike

    Who cares about their opinion. In the end the Ford is junk and only worth half it’s value in 5 years. I’ll take reliability and value hands down!
    Good luck.

    1. Doug


  6. 2ethan9

    If you want a truck riddled with recalls and to be treated like garbage from the manufacturer and the dealers, by all means buy an F150. You will feel part of the family if this is your thing.

  7. Luis morales

    Buenas tardes quisiera saber cuando van a llegar a Puerto Rico la Ford raptor 2022 , en especial color anímate blue paquete 35 full loaded . O si se puede hacer un pedido a fábrica con las especificaciones que quiero

  8. Doug

    Yes. Too true. But sorry to say just to be toatlly accurate Is not more basic only necessary for optimal efficiency and relitability? To much tech and bling is so unnecessary and problemaric. Think about it Nissan Frontier’s bare bones reputation my go down with the weak cvt that loaded with problems. Relitability and lower price is what sold these trucks what I interested in. It sits straighter and taller for someone 6ft or taller than the not so comfortable Tacoma. Thus the only truck left is the Tundra though is dream of doing an restoration on a firat gen Tundra witch maybe to most reliable pickup next to 1967-1972 C10 with Coil Springs on the rear of the 2 wheel drive. One sweet ride.

  9. Doug

    Reply to Mikes coment: Yes too true


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