There is no doubt these pickup trucks pack some serious punch on the road. They’re both engineered to be strong and unwavering, allowing you to test the limits on and off the pavement. When you compare standard configurations, though, one may leave you wishing you had more power where it counts.
The Ford F-150 is powered by the standard 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine. This boasts up to 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque to help tackle the path ahead. This powertrain is paired with an automatic transmission that helps it deliver a seamless drive. Though this model is standardly equipped with a 2-wheel drive system, 4-wheel drive capability is available for extra traction as well.
On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is standardly powered by the 5.7L i-FORCE V8 engine. Due to its extra cylinders, it procures a more robust performance, coming in with 381 horsepower and a whopping 410 lb-ft of torque. This results in quicker acceleration and a heightened towing rating.
When the Tundra is properly equipped with this standard engine, it can tow up to 10,200 pounds. This is a bit higher than the Ford F-150’s standard engine can handle, coming in at a max of 8,200 pounds when properly configured.
In addition, the 2021 Tundra is also paired with an automatic transmission for smooth acceleration and control. However, it is electronically controlled and comes with a sequential shift mode, uphill and downhill shift logic, and a TOW/HAUL Mode. This gives you a more customized driving experience that’s prepared for any terrain or driving situation.
Keeping safe on the road is important, so these two trucks offer the features you deserve to make you feel more confident behind the wheel. Both come paired with cameras that assist with reversing and gaining a better line of sight behind you as well as stability control that keeps you on track.
The Tundra also comes with a suite of driving aids in its Toyota Safety Sense™ P system. These intuitive driver-assistive technologies give you a second pair of eyes on the road and help with everything from elevating your awareness to preventing collisions. Best of all, they’re standard on every Toyota Tundra trim level.
The Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite includes:
Unfortunately, the Ford F-150 doesn’t offer as many standard driving aids. Auto High-Beam Headlamps are found on their base model as well as a pre-collision assist system. However, to gain features that resemble the driver-assistive technologies found in the Tundra, like advanced cruise control and lane coverage, you’ll have to move to one of the higher trims.
Your truck has power. It has capability. It comes with a suite of technologies that keep you secure on the road. Now, what about comfort and convenience? Luckily enough, the 2021 Toyota Tundra and 2021 Ford F-150 offer a standard suite of amenities that makes your drives cozy and easy.
To make your drives more pleasant, the Tundra has added features that any driver will love. First of all, this truck allows you to seat up to six passengers comfortably while sporting a 97.6-inch bed, but that isn’t all. With its available deck rail system providing four adjustable tie-down cleats (each able to hold 220 pounds), you can keep all your cargo more secure as well.
Additionally, the Tundra comes with heated door mirrors, so your pickup is ready when you are. It also features a standard 6-speaker audio system and a 7-inch touchscreen on your dashboard. This lets you stay connected with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Amazon Alexa, and Bluetooth® technologies. Also standard on this pickup is a free trial of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio to keep you entertained on the go as well.
The base model of the Ford F-150 can seat three people in its one available row. However, higher trims and larger cab sizes can support seating for up to five or six. Unfortunately, in order to hold six occupants inside the cab, you’ll have to sacrifice bed length with a maximum of 78.9 inches. Heated mirrors do not come standard, either.
As for standard technology, the Ford F-150 doesn’t offer the advanced systems that the Toyota Tundra does. For example, the standard audio system is much less advanced, and systems, like satellite radio, aren’t standard until the higher trim levels, while Amazon Alexa isn’t available at all.