2020 Tundra vs. F-150 Comparison

Truck owners want a reliable vehicle that won't quit even with a heavy load. Since Toyota introduced the Tundra in 1999 for the 2000 model year, it has achieved a lot including being the first V8 engine to get a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) classification from the EPA.

The Tundra's counterpart, the Ford F-150, has a rich history as well. It got its start in 1917 when Ford saw their customers asking for a vehicle that could haul heavy loads. They called this mechanical workhorse the Model TT.

However, when compared side by side, the 2020 Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab with a 6.5-Ft. Bed offers an impressive 10,200 lbs. towing capacity and 381 HP V8 engine. With a 290 HP 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 Engine and a 7,700 lb. towing capacity, the otherwise comparable 2020 F-150 XL 4x2 Regular Cab falls behind.

Besides a powerful engine to get drivers moving, new Toyota vehicles come standard with ToyotaCare to keep your truck in top shape. This feature includes factory-scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance. Ford does offer 24/7 roadside assistance, but scheduled maintenance does not come as a standard feature.

Let's look further into the categories of reliability, safety, and performance to see which truck is built for you.

Publish Date: 08/26/2020

2020 Tundra taking a turn on a wet road

Reliability

  • The 2019 Tundra received a higher overall score in terms of Quality and Reliability from J.D. Power.
  • In terms of resale value, the Tundra has won many awards from KBB meaning your truck has been recognized for retained value.
  • ToyotaCare comes with factory-scheduled maintenance plus roadside assistance, while Ford only offers maintenance at an additional cost.

When you look for a new truck you want assurance that it will perform how you want it to. With a plethora of awards, the Toyota Tundra gives new customers confidence in their purchase.

Award Winning Reputation

In terms of Quality and Reliability, the 2019 Tundra got an above-average rating from J.D. Power. With a score of 87 out of 100, it outranks the 80 out of 100 given to the 2019 F-150. The 2020 models have not yet been rated.

For a truck that's built to last, the 2019 Toyota Tundra also received Best Resale Value: Top 10 by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. The 2020 Tundra also took the number three spot for the KBB 10 Best Overall Resale Value: Cars, Trucks and SUVs.

You can also count on Toyota's ToyotaCare which provides standard factory-scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance.ToyotaCare 24-hour Roadside Assistance lasts for 2 years, unlimited mileage, and factory-scheduled maintenance is provided for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Comparatively, Ford has a roadside assistance program that lasts for up to 60,000 miles or five years, whichever comes first. Although this program lasts longer than Toyota's, it does not include factory-scheduled maintenance.

Interior of 2020 Tundra

Safety

  • All new Toyotas come with Toyota Safety Sense TSS-P, a standard suite of active safety features.
  • The Toyota Tundra comes standard with eight airbags while the F-150 has six.
  • Both trucks received 4-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHTSA.

Another part of reliability is knowing that your truck has the latest features to help keep you and your family safe.

Standard Safety Features

One of Toyota's greatest attributes is its commitment to safety. The 2020 Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P(TSS-P) which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Ford CoPilot360™ Technology features on the base F-150 XL are limited to Automatic High Beams and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. It misses out on Lane Departure Alert.

You also get more airbag coverage with the Tundra which comes equipped with eight airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags that the F-150 XL does not have. For its part, the F-150 has six airbags.

Both vehicles also received 4-Star Overall Safety Ratings by the NHTSA.

2020 Tundra towing a boat out of the water

Performance

  • The Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab can tow an impressive 10,200 lbs. compared to the 7,700 lbs. of the F-150 XL 4x2.
  • When considering the base engine option, you get more horsepower from Tundra than the F-150.
  • For more ground clearance the Tundra has 10.4-in. and 18-in. styled steel wheels.

To tow your favorite toys, trucks need a powerful engine with lots of horsepower and torque. Tundra delivers. The Tundra has 381 HP across all trim levels. Looking at the base model F-150 4x2 5.5-ft. Styleside, drivers can expect just 290 HP. Or, if F-150 drivers want to upgrade to the available 5.0L V8, they can expect 395 HP - but it comes at an extra cost.

Towing and Horsepower

When you buy a truck, you want it to be able to handle whatever you throw in the back.

The Toyota Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab 5.7L V8 with a 6.5-Ft. Bed can haul up to 10,200 lbs., while the F-150 XL 4x2 Regular Cab with a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 Engine can only tow up to 7,700 lbs.

No matter where you go, the Toyota Tundra can help get you there. A minimum ground clearance of 10.4-in. and 18-in. styled steel wheels provide Tundra SR drivers with higher ground clearance to get through tough terrain. The low-pressure nitrogen gas-filled shock absorbers also make a bumpy ride smoother. Comparably, the F-150 XL Regular Cab 6.5-ft. Styleside comes standard with a ground clearance of 8.8-in. and 17-in. Silver Steel Wheels.

2020 Tundra parked against a wooded background

Conclusion: Tundra vs. F-150

  • The Tundra offers more standard active safety features than the F-150 with TSS-P.
  • 2019 Tundra scored 87 out of 100 for the J.D. Power Quality and Reliability. The 2019 F-150 received 80 out of 100.
  • The base trim Tundra with 4x2 has more horsepower and a larger towing capacity than the base grade F-150 4x2.

Both the Tundra and the F-150 have proven themselves as worthy head-to-head competitors. In terms of reliability, the Tundra J.D. Power Quality and Reliability rating speaks for itself. With an 87 out of 100, the 2019 Tundra scored seven points higher than the 80 out of 100 that the 2019 F-150 received.

Even when it comes to safety, the Tundra offers more standard active safety features than the F-150. With TSS-P, drivers have the benefit of a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Besides the technology standard in the Tundra, there is also pure power. With more horsepower and a larger towing capacity on the 4x2 than the F-150 LX 4x2, the 2020 Tundra can do it all.

When it comes time to choose between the 2020 Tundra vs. 2020 F-150 based on the specifications compared today, the Toyota Tundra provides drivers with a higher standard of reliability, safety, and base-engine power.