Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Toyota Tundra Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford F-150

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2017 Toyota Tundra

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Tundra doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F-150 Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Tundra doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the F-150. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Tundra.

The F-150 (except XL/XLT)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Tundra doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-150 Lariat/Raptor/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tundra only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The F-150 offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tundra doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-150 and the Tundra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Toyota Tundra:

 

F-150

Tundra

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

30%

41%

Neck Stress

301 lbs.

367 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

119/121 lbs.

474/515 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

121

291

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

50%

Neck Stress

150 lbs.

205 lbs.

Neck Compression

4 lbs.

70 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

469/233 lbs.

557/390 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford F-150 SuperCab is safer than the Tundra Double Cab:

 

F-150

Tundra

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.6/3.1 kN

1.9/3.4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/1%

0%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.58/.49

1.4/.8

Tibia forces R/L

2.5/1.8 kN

5.8/6.7 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford F-150 is safer than the Toyota Tundra:

 

F-150

Tundra

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

85 G’s

101 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

11 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

460 lbs.

682 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the F-150 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Tundra is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Tundra doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The F-150 has more powerful engines than the Tundra:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-150 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

375 lbs.-ft.

F-150 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

F-150 5.0 DOHC V8

385 HP

387 lbs.-ft.

F-150 Raptor 3.5 turbo V6

450 HP

510 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 4.6 DOHC V8

310 HP

327 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8

381 HP

401 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F-150 twin turbo V6 is faster than the Toyota Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8:

 

F-150

Tundra

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

19.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Tundra:

 

 

F-150

Tundra

 

RWD

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

15 city/19 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/23 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 gets better fuel mileage than the Tundra:

 

 

F-150

Tundra

 

4x2

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

15 city/19 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

 

5.0 V8/6-spd. Auto

15 city/22 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

 

5.0 V8/6-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-150 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tundra doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tundra doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops much shorter than the Tundra:

 

F-150

Tundra

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tundra (315/70R17 vs. 275/65R18).

The Ford F-150’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Tundra only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-150 is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tundra.

The F-150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 pulls only .66 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 (28.5 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 30.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Tundra Regular Cab’s (40.7 feet vs. 44 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 Raptor SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tundra (11.5 vs. 10.6 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 850 pounds less than the Toyota Tundra.

The F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Tundra Regular Cab, making the F-150 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the F-150 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Tundra doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 Regular Cab has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front hip room than the Tundra Regular Cab.

The F-150 SuperCab has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra Double Cab.

The F-150 SuperCrew has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tundra CrewMax.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ford F-150 offers an optional Tailgate Step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

The F-150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tundra doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Tundra doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows available on both the F-150 and the Tundra have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F-150 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Tundra prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-150 XLT/Raptor/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Tundra doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access optional on the F-150 (except XL/XLT) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The F-150’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tundra SR’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The F-150’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tundra SR5/Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The F-150 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Tundra has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Platinum/1794 Edition.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-150 (except XL/XLT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tundra doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The F-150’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Tundra’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the F-150 and the Tundra offer available heated front seats. The F-150 SuperCrew also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Tundra.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F-150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tundra doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the F-150’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Tundra doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-150 (except XL/XLT) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Tundra doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The F-150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tundra doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F-150 is less expensive to operate than the Tundra because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F-150 than the Tundra, including $178 less for a water pump, $35 less for an alternator, $367 less for a starter, $238 less for a fuel pump, $94 less for front struts, $206 less for a timing belt/chain and $249 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford F-150 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

F-150

Tundra

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2015 issue and they ranked the Ford F-150 5.5 ft. bed XLT SuperCrew 4x4 first. They ranked the Toyota Tundra Short Bed TRD Pro CrewMax 4x4 seventh.

Motor Trend selected the F-150 as their 2012 Truck of the Year. The Tundra was Truck of the Year in 2008.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the F-150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The Tundra has never been chosen.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Toyota Tundra by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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