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5 Reasons the Toyota Tundra Is Better Than the Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 may be the most sold truck, well, ever. But the Toyota Tundra brings a lot to the table. It’s a trail boss with a utilitarian charm. And let’s not forget about the epic dependability that this truck has claimed for generations. It’s the dream truck for over 100,000 Americans each year for nearly a decade. What makes someone choose the Tundra over the F-150? Here are 5 reasons the 2020 Toyota Tundra is Better than the 2020 Ford F-150.

A Ford F-150 on display
Ford F-150 | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Reliability

This is something that Toyotas, above all, are known for. Dependable reliability is the primary reason these trucks possess their legendary hold on resale value. If longevity is what you’re looking for, go with the 2020 Tundra over the F-150.

The F-150 is popular, and the Ford truck also holds its value well. The Tundra is in the 14th year of its generation and still going strong. Long term, high milage pickup truck companions are found in both the Ford and Toyota options. But the old saying goes “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Toyota holds true to this and is largely unchanged. This makes parts easy to source and repairs cheaper –– when (or if) they’re needed.

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Standard safety

The standard safety of the Ford F-150 pales in comparison to the Toyota safety suite, the 2020 Toyota Tundra gets on its base model. The Ford truck XL trim gets forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, curve control, a rearview camera with hitch assistance, and automatic emergency braking.

The 2020 Toyota Tundra, on the other hand, gets Toyota’s standard safety which includes everything the 2020 Ford pickup has and more. In addition to the basic safety of the base model F-150, the 2020 Tundra is equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Off-roading

It’s no Raptor, but it’s also $20,000 cheaper in the highest TRD pro trim available. The Tundra is a formidable off-roading rock crawler. And, while the Ford Raptor is absolutely dominant as a dune jumping, rock crawling machine with Baja racing roots, the Tundra equipped with the TRD pro off-roading package can definitely compete.

Additionally, the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD pro with its old school V8 can tow nearly 10,000 pounds. The Raptor tows just 8,000 pounds. So, if you want a competitive off-roading pickup truck hauler that’s ready for just about anything the Raptor can handle but you don’t want to spend upwards of $75,000, choose a Tundra.

A white Toyota Tundra on display during an auto show
A Toyota Tundra on display at an auto show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Value

The Ford F-150 starts under 30 grand, while the Toyota Tundra starts at $33,000. However, that $28,495 2020 F-150 is a stripped-down work truck. The Tundra’s standard features give its starting price on the base model way more value.

In addition to more safety features, the 2020 Toyota Tundra also comes standard with an integrated trailer brake controller, Bluetooth, a user-friendly seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. You have to upgrade to the XLT trim to have all of that on an F-150.

A Toyota Tundra TRD Pro on display at an auto show
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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V8

The 5.7 liter V8 is a feature that even Consumer Reports can get behind. Not all pickup trucks come with an option for V8. The 2020 Toyota Tundra is one of the only trucks in its class that actually comes standard with V8 power.

We can appreciate the V8, too. It lends its strenth to towing and gives power to the off-roading TRD pro. Even if the gas mileage is one of the lowest in the segment, a nice robust V8 is a standard feature that few auto enthusiasts will snub.

The 2020 Toyota Tundra

With a standard V8 and a full standard safety suite, the Toyota Tundra is the Japanese-engineered pickup truck competition for the Ford F-150. Its standard connectivity and off-roading options give the Tundra a good fighting chance in the full size lineup. For its reliability, value, and simplicity, around a hundred thousand people choose this Toyota pickup truck every year.