No Beating Ford F-150 vs. Toyota Tacoma

 

While some people might think that there’s no comparison when it comes to the F-150, it doesn’t hurt to check out some of the competition. After all, Toyota and other brands are stepping up their truck game to compete as the demand increases for stronger, more high-tech trucks that can still show a little restraint when it comes to things like fuel economy.

 

Right now, the Ford F-150 is the best selling truck in the full-size family. The Tacoma has been rated as the best selling truck in the midsize class. Both models offer an off-road version that’s fun and feature-rich, but at the end of the day, which one comes out on top? That depends on what you want in a truck.

 

Ford sells more than three-quarters of a million F-150 trucks every single year. In 2017, they sold nearly 900,000. Because of this high demand, the truck is one of the most evolutionary, consistently improving vehicles on the market. The Tacoma had a complete redesign in 2016, but it doesn’t offer as many utility features or engine options.

 

For Work or Pleasure

 

The F-150 is built for work. The entire line, including luxury trims like the Lariat and Raptor Special Edition, is designed to perform and be put to work, no matter what the task at hand may be. The Tacoma, on the other hand, has less towing capacity and less power (as mentioned earlier regarding the lack of engine options), so it might be better suited for those who have a more active lifestyle and need a midsize truck that can keep up with everyday tasks. Meanwhile, the F-150 can go from the job site to the mud track and downtown to dinner without so much as a second thought.

 

Price vs. Value

 

Depending on model year and trim level, you can expect to pick up an F-150 for between $28,000 and $70,000, with fully-loaded and limited models going even higher. Of course, with all of the features that you get, it’s always worth the money. For the frugal truck shopper, the Tacoma offers a slightly lower starting price of around $25,000, with the TRD Pro series topping out under $50,000.

 

F-150 Wins the Safety Comparison

 

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) performed crash tests on both vehicles, and each earned “good” ratings in all of the categories. They both also score points for driver-assist and safety features, for which they are leaders in their classes.

 

F-150 offers blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and other safety features. It also has the trailer assist system, which makes backing, loading, and unloading trailers safer and easier. Tacoma has fewer safety features available than F-150; so despite their similar crash test ratings, the F-150 wins in the safety department for the extra active safety features that are available.

 

F-150 Takes the Overall Prize

 

With more standard features, optional features and engine sizes, and a much better infotainment system, F-150 offers a refreshing choice for those who want a truck that delivers in every way. The Tacoma, while capable, has outdated infotainment and tech, limited power and safety features, and fewer work capabilities than Ford’s best selling truck. The F-150 can prove its prowess - stop in for a test drive today!


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