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

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Reliability

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.

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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.
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Safety

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

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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.
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Performance

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.

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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.
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Conclusion: Tundra vs. F-150

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.

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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.
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