Trucks & SUVs

The 2020 Toyota Tundra Beats the Ford F-150 in 1 Important Area

The Ford F-150 usually hovers up in the top three on every list of full-size pickup trucks. The Toyota Tundra is another favorite. It’s a pickup truck often praised for its longevity and good resale value. However, the Ford F-150 has been an American best-seller for decades. In fact, according to US News and World Report the 2020 Ford F-150 pickup gets one over on the Toyota Tundra truck in nearly every way. But in one important area, the 2020 Toyota Tundra beats the legendary Ford F-150.

closeup view of a red grille on the 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck
2020 F-150 | Ford

The 2020 Ford F-150 wins in almost every category

In a head to head comparison by US News and World Report, the Ford F-150 is the winner basically across the board. From power to fuel economy and price, several important factors come into play. So where does the F-150 dominate?

“Last year alone, Ford sold more than 900,000 F-150s in the U.S. With that kind of dominance, does a rival like the Toyota Tundra stand a chance? Even more to the point, can nearly one million truck shoppers be wrong?”

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Blue Ford F-150 Raptor pickup driving on gravel desert road
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford

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The first category is the price. The 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck starts a few grand cheaper than the Tundra. The base model Tundra is certainly more equipped. The F-150 base model is little more than a bare-bones work truck. The Tundra tops out around $53,000, according to US News, while the F-150 range-topper reaches up into the $70,000 range. Still, due to the fact that Ford offers the low priced utility truck, US News named the F-150 winner in terms of pricing.

Pickup truck powertrain and fuel economy

The Ford F-150 comes with a standard 3.3 V6 engine. According to US News, this model gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck also has an available 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine that gets about 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

An army green Toyota Tundra off-roading
Toyota Tundra | Toyota

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The 2020 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on the other hand has one engine option––a powerful V8 that gets up to 381 horsepower. But it’s thirsty. According to US News, the Tundra is rated for only about 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. The Ford Raptor––the F-150’s secret weapon that wins the powertrain contest between the two pickup trucks––still boasts better fuel economy with an EPA rating of 15 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway.

Toyota Tundra vs Ford F-150 interior

In terms of both seat comfort and infotainment, US News deemed the F-150 a clear winner. Due to the fact that the Ford F-150 features a more user-friendly system, the Toyota Tundra loses in one more category. Plus, the Ford pickup features extremely plush interior options as you climb up the trim levels.

2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place
The 2020 Toyota Tundra | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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The 2020 Toyota Tundra wins in an important area

For some people, how long your truck will last is a huge factor. In addition, resale value is also typically something to consider when buying a new truck. The Toyota Tundra is the winner here. In terms of reliability, US News gives the 2020 Toyota Tundra the win. For predicted reliability, J.D. Power rates the Tundra 4.5 out of 5––nearly perfect.

On the other hand, the 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck earned a 3 out of 5 rating for predicted reliability. The Ford F-150 may eek by when it comes to safety, cargo, towing, and hauling, but for reliability, the Tundra takes the prize. Although it’s just one area in which the Tundra beats the F-150, for some shoppers, it’s at the very top of the pickup truck priority list.