We like big trucks, and we cannot lie. Especially ones that are equipped to go off-roading. When it comes to off-roading trucks, the Ford Raptor seems to be king, but let’s compare it to another contender, the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Has the Ford Raptor finally met its match?
The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro VS. The Ford Raptor
We have to admit, the Raptor is a cooler name than the Tundra. With the Raptor, you get to think about dinosaurs, but the Tundra brings images of the cold, barren wilderness. Perhaps the name Tundra means that it can dominate challenging landscapes.
But anyway, you shouldn’t choose a vehicle based on its name alone. Let’s look at some specs that matter, like prices.
It will cost less to get started in the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. You can drive off the lot in a brand new one for about $48k, and the highest trim option raises the price to about $52k
The Ford Raptor starts around $53k, and the highest trim option raises the price to around $75k. So, the difference in a few thousand dollars could sway your decision.
Also, both of these trucks have disappointing fuel economies. The Tundra gets about 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.
The Raptor gets up to 15 mpg in the city and up to 18 mpg on the highway.
Big Truck Power
Under the hood of the TRD Pro, you’ll find a 5.7-liter V8 engine with an output of 381 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power gives the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro the ability to tow up to 9,800 lb.
Not only is the TRD Pro a heavy hauler, but it’s fast. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds.
The Ford Raptor is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft torque. This increase in torque is better for crawling, but the Ford Raptor can only tow up to 8,000 lb.
Along with having more power, the Ford Raptor also has a slightly faster pickup. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 5.1 seconds.
The Ford Raptor has a ground clearance of 11”. That’s pretty darn high. It also has an approach angle of 30.2-degrees, a break-over angle of 22.9-degrees, and a 23.1-degree departure angle.
The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has a ground clearance of 10.5,” which is only a ½” less than the Raptor. It also has an approach angle of 31 degrees and a departure angle of 22 degrees, allowing it to compete against the Raptor.
Both trucks are outfitted with skid plates and FOX suspension parts for a smooth ride and undercarriage protection.
However, the Ford Raptor excels in tech with its terrain management system that automatically fine-tunes it’ power and braking pressure to adjust to various changing conditions. For driving in snow, sand, or mud, the Raptor takes the cake.
The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro does not dethrone the Ford Raptor unless you want a comfortable, off-roading capable truck for a few less thousands of dollars. Also, the TRD Pro is the way to go if you need to haul something over 8,000 lb.
Otherwise, the Ford Raptor is the better off-roading option.