Comparison between the 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2021 Toyota Tundra
The new 2021 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab has many cutting edge features, while the 2021 Toyota Tundra CrewMax continues its momentum with a host of compelling features. We watch to see how they stack up.
Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab 2021
Above average: Best-in-class power, towing and payload; new high-end interior; Powerboost Hybrid now available.
Below average: High-end models come at a high price; larger models difficult to park; The 450 horsepower V6 is no longer available.
Consensus: For 43 years, the truck against which others are compared. But as the market continues to mature, the competition is fiercely pursued. The F-150 consistently delivers capability, innovation, value, and a wide variety of configurations.
Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2021
Above average: Impressive reliability; great resale value; choice of muscular V8 engine; made in the USA.
Below average: Choice of single engine; limited towing and payload; limited technical features; poor fuel economy.
Consensus: The Toyota Tundra can boast an excellent reputation for durability, quality, reliability and resale value. But resting on one’s laurels can be a fatal flaw. This generation of Tundra dates back to 2007, resulting in an aging platform.
F-150 vs. Tundra: the story of two trucks
At 43, the Ford F-150 is the dean of the segment. For 2021, it’s a brand new truck. A new style and a redesigned interior are the main points and are now joined by updated infotainment, storage and work solutions. A new hybrid powertrain option is available, as is an on-board generator to power other tools. Ford has also reworked almost every engine in the lineup, pushing the performance envelope even further.
In addition to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, a myriad of V6 engines vary in terms of horsepower and induction configurations. There’s even a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 in the mix. But in the end, the most powerful is the 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid V6 that produces an impressive 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid can tow up to 12,700 pounds, but if you need the maximum towing capacity of the F-150, your engine of choice will be the standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft. of couple. The Max Trailer tow package has a 14,000 pound rating.
Facing the Ford F-150, the Toyota Tundra looks a bit long in the tooth. Using a platform introduced in 2007 isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially when your competition is doing the same. Except that they are not. In order to stay relevant, Toyota equips the Tundra with a number of standard safety features (like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams), as well as tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are luxury features that help make the Tundra look less like a work truck.
The Tundra is powered by Toyota’s 5.7-liter V8 engine that develops 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It is the only motor available and it is capable of pulling, pulling and accelerating. It is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that enjoys an excellent reputation for reliability. Rear-wheel drive models include an automatic Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for better traction in slippery conditions. Unlike a traditional LSD, the Tundra uses its brakes to limit wheel slip. The 4WD system uses an on-demand system with a high / low range. As capable as it is, the Tundra suffers from others in terms of ride quality, handling and noise levels.
Variety of cabins, beds and luxury amenities; available 4WD; Power V8.
Advantages of the 2021 Ford F-150
Towing capacity; hybrid available; on-board generator / inverter; 10-speed automatic.
Advantages Toyota Tundra 2021
Reliability; resale value; two years of free maintenance.
The Toyota Tundra has all the creature comforts inside, but hasn’t quite kept up with the competition when it comes to towing and hauling capabilities. Ford’s F-150 is the old reliable one, but along the way it has learned a lot of new tricks. For this reason, we recommend the Ford F-150 2021.
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|2021 Ford F-150||Toyota Tundra 2021|
|Motor||3.3-liter V6||5.7-liter V8|
|Powerful||290 hp at 6,500 rpm||381 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Couple||265 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm||401 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm|
|Transmission||10-speed automatic||6-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||21 mpg (20 city / 24 highway)||15 mpg (13 city / 17 highway)|
|Also available||2.7 and 3.5 liter turbo V6; 5.0-liter V8; 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6; hybrid; 4×4||4×4|
|guarantee||3 years / 36,000 miles||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||4 stars||4 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||145 inch||145.7 inch|
|Total length||231.7 inch||228.9 inch|
|Width||79.9 inch||79.9 inch|
|Height||75.6 inch||76.0 inch|
|Turning diameter||47.8 feet||44 feet|
|Headroom, forward||40.8 inch||39.7 inch|
|Headroom, aft||40.4 inch||38.9 inch|
|Legroom, front||43.9 inch||42.5 inch|
|Legroom, rear||43.6 inch||42.3 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||66.7 inch||65.7 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||66.0 inch||65.7 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||n / A||n / A|
|Maximum payload||1,745 to 2,238 lbs||1340 to 1520 pounds|