2020 Toyota Tundra vs 2020 Ford F-150
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2020 Toyota Tundra vs 2020 Ford F-150

By Autolist Staff | July 13 2020

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ford F-150

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2020 Toyota Tundra score: 6.7

Highlights:
  • Spacious back seats.
  • Tons of cutting-edge technological amenities.
  • Impressive reliability and resale value.
  • Powerful V8 engine

2020 Ford F-150 score: 8

Highlights:
  • Wide variety of turbocharged engines provide lots of power with respectable fuel economy at many different price points.
  • Plenty of choice among trim levels.
  • Raptor off-road model boasts credible off-road skills.
  • Wide availability of safety features.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Toyota Tundra: 7

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2020 Toyota Tundra a safety rating of four out of five. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave this truck Poor to Good crash test ratings.

  • All trim levels of this new pickup truck feature the Safety Sense P driver assistance suite of passive and active safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, radar cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking.

  • Each Tundra also comes with anti-lock brakes, eight airbags, a backup camera, stability control, and trailer sway control.

  • The safety features that come with this truck work well. Unfortunately, the vehicle's adaptive cruise control isn't helpful in stop-and-go traffic, since it isn't full-speed.

Ford F-150: 8

  • Most F-150 models now come standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology features. That includes automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. It's also available on XL and XLT models.

  • Platinum and Limited models can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, as well. While its rivals offer similar technology, the Ford makes it more accessible and standard on more variants. It's also not lumped into expensive option packages with a lot of other unrelated features.

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2020 F-150 "Good" in all categories except for headlights, which prevented it from being a Top Safety Pick (though the agency didn't name any pickup trucks Top Safety Picks for 2020). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated four-door 2020 F-150 SuperCrew models five stars overall, its highest rating. However, Regular Cab and Super Cab models earned four stars overall.

Value:

Toyota Tundra: 7

  • Compared to its rivals in the full-size pickup market, the 2020 Toyota Tundra has an impressive array of features but an outdated design with mediocre handling.

  • Given all its standard features and its solid resale value, the Tundra's starting price of $35,000 is reasonable for this market.

  • Toyota Tundras tend to stay reliable for a long time, so drivers don't need to worry much about premature maintenance costs.

Ford F-150: 7

  • Base XL models are sparsely equipped and mostly aimed at fleets or as work trucks. XLT and higher models come with an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as power windows and locks, but going for a four-door SuperCrew model pushes the price over $40,000 before options. In fact, it's easy to spend a lot of money on options, such as the turbodiesel V6 that costs as much as $5,000 depending on the trim level.

  • The top-tier F-150 Limited starts at an eye-watering $70,000 but includes pretty much every option Ford will throw at its truck. It gets the powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 as standard, along with a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and active park assist. That's competitive with high-end versions of the Ram, Sierra, and Silverado, though.

Efficiency:

Toyota Tundra: 7

  • Full-size trucks rarely have strong fuel economy, and the 2020 Tundra is no exception. According to the EPA, the rear-wheel-drive version of this truck gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on highways for a combined 15 mpg, whereas the full-wheel-drive version gets 13 and 17 mpg on city roads and highways, respectively, for a combined 14 mpg. Just remember that offroading and cargo hauling can tax your fuel economy dramatically.

  • The base truck's fuel tank can hold 26.4 gallons, while the TRD Pro trim level can hold 38 gallons. Many competitors have mild-hybrid or diesel variants, but the Tundra just has one engine, and, in terms of fuel efficiency, this engine falls short of the V8s available for the Dodge Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Ford F-150: 8

  • F-150s with the base 3.3-liter V6 and two-wheel-drive are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined. Those figures fall by 1 to 2 mpg when equipped with four-wheel-drive. Popular four-wheel-drive models with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 are rated at 18 mpg city, 23 highway, and 20 combined. Models equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 are rated as high as 21 mpg city and 29 highway.

  • These numbers are competitive for the class. The efficiency of the turbocharged 2.7 and 3.5-liter V6 models, however, pushes the F-150 slightly ahead of the V8s from rivals that offer equivalent performance, however. The turbodiesel model is also highly competitive with rival diesel models from Chevrolet and Ram, even if the Ram slightly edges it on highway economy.

Driving Experience:

Toyota Tundra: 7

  • Just one engine sits in the 2020 Toyota Tundra, a competitive 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 capable of 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission carries over from previous models and shows its age with slow gearshifts.

  • Acceleration isn't bad, though, as the Tundra can reach 60 mph in about seven seconds. The brake pedal feels clunky, but the Tundra can brake down from 70 mph in just 190 feet. Visibility in the new Tundra is impressive.

  • The new Tundra lacks the smooth ride of the Dodge Ram 1500 or Ford F-150, especially when the bed lacks cargo or when the vehicle's riding over a bumpy road. In addition, the truck's large size makes navigating narrow spaces difficult, and parking can be especially tricky.

Ford F-150: 7

  • The base 3.3-liter V6 isn't quick, but all other F-150 engines have plenty of performance. The turbocharged 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 is likely satisfactory for most conditions, with abundant power off the line. All but that base V6 model get a 10-speed automatic, which is fairly responsive, but no more so than the eight-speed automatic in a Ram 1500.

  • The high-output turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 found on the Raptor, and Limited models has a vast surplus of power for such a large vehicle, thanks to enormous low-end torque and virtually no turbo lag.

  • While the F-150 is just as bulky in tight spaces as every other full-size pickup rival, the ride is stiffer and bouncier than the Chevrolet, GMC, and especially the Ram.

  • Opting for models with FX4 off-road suspension, especially the Raptor, makes the ride on pavement even less settled. It can't compete with the air suspension-equipped Ram 1500 for car-like ride qualities, which is something to consider when spending more than $60,000 on the high-end models.

Tech Features:

Toyota Tundra: 7

  • The 2020 Tundra come standard with an Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a seven-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment system.

  • The Entune touchscreen infotainment system has a smooth, responsive interface but small buttons that some drivers may find unintuitive. Fortunately, menu shortcut buttons flank the display, and you can preset your favorite radio station on Entune for convenience. The display, however, is outdated.

  • Three USB ports are available, and all trim levels of this new car are smartphone-compatible. The base trim Tundra features a six-speaker stereo, but the Double Cab Tundra SR5 comes with a seven-speaker stereo, while the CrewMax SR5 stereo has nine speakers.

Ford F-150: 7

  • All but the base XL get Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a wi-fi hotspot. Most models offer built-in navigation, at least as an option.

  • Ford's Sync 3 isn't the best system in the class, with some confusing menus. And the F-150's touchscreen is comparatively small against some rivals. Ultimately, though, it gets the job done.

  • The FordPass Connect system is also available on most models, and it monitors basic functions such as fuel levels, locks, and remote start. It can also be used to pay for parking or gas.

Style & Design:

Toyota Tundra: 6

  • Like earlier versions of Toyota's pickup line, the 2020 Tundra's body style may not please everyone. A large grille dominates the front, and bulky, old-fashioned lines characterize the styling. The truck boasts chrome bumpers and a tailgate bearing the word "Tundra."

  • Function precedes form with the 2020 Toyota Tundra. Compared to most rivals in 2020, the vehicle's cabin materials are lackluster, though many people may find the soft surfaces and seat stitching of the leather upholstery comfortable.

  • One unique trick the Tundra has up its sleeve is an optional rear window that rolls down completely, giving far more access and ventilation than most trucks' small sliding window section.

Ford F-150: 7

  • Each F-150 trim level has a different grille and trim treatment, so there's a wide range of styling differentiation for customers to choose from.

  • Nevertheless, the 2020 F-150 is a handsome truck that has aged well throughout this generation. The all-new generation that replaces it is an evolution in terms of design, rather than a wholesale reboot, so buyers of this 2020 model year don't have to worry about their truck looking outdated.

Practicality:

Toyota Tundra: 6

  • The base Tundra has a towing capacity of 8,800 pounds, though a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 pounds is available for higher trims. The vehicle's payload capacity is 1,520 to 1,730 pounds, depending on the trim level.

  • This full-size truck has ample cargo space, with three bed lengths on offer: 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8.1 feet. Each bed is 22.2 inches deep and 50 inches wide. With each bed comes optional amenities, such as lights, power outlets, tie-downs, and a storage compartment.

  • The Double Cab comes with an extra storage compartment under the back seats. None of the Tundra's seats fold flat, though the rear seats can fold up.

  • Compared to other full-size trucks, the Tundra is about average in terms of practicality and lacks special perks. In addition, the vehicle's towing capacity is below average.

Ford F-150: 8

  • Depending on the model, the F-150 can be had in three different cab styles and three different bed lengths.

  • The Regular Cab typically has a front bench seat split 40/20/40 and minimal storage space behind the seats.

  • The Super Cab has small half-doors that allow access to a cramped rear seat.

  • Most buyers will be best served by the four-door SuperCrew, which offers real back seat space that's competitive with other four-door rivals.

  • Towing capacity ranges from 7,600 pounds with the base 3.3-liter V6 to 12,200 pounds on models with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and the maximum towing package preparation. Again, these figures are basically tied with the F-150's major competitors.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ford F-150

Annual Fuel Costs

$2,304
15k miles at $2.15/gal
$2,016
15k miles at $2.15/gal
Fuel Economy

13 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
15 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
17 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
18 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ford F-150

NHTSA Crash Test Results

Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ford F-150

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Ford F-150

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
4X2
Drivetrain
4X2
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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Horsepower
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