2019 Ford F-150 vs Toyota Tacoma

July 17th, 2019 by

2019 Ford F-150 vs Toyota Tacoma

In a lot of ways, the 2019 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tacoma couldn’t be more different. One is by an American company, the other Japanese. One is full-size and one is a compact. But they’re both trucks. And there are plenty of potential buyers who might be looking at the two wondering if they need all the truck an F-150 offers or if they might need a little more than the Tacoma gives you. If you’re one of those people, this comparison guide is for you.

Fuel Economy: 2019 Ford F-150

Maybe you want to buy small to go green or save a little money at the pump. Well, we’ve got shocking news for you. The bigger, burlier Ford F-150 gets better gas mileage than the Toyota Tacoma. Take a look at the base engine on each. Ford gives you 20 city and 25 highway miles per gallon while Toyota gives you 20 city, 23 highway mpg.

2019 Ford F-150 on the Road

Perhaps you think that’s just the base engines? Well, the Tacoma has only one optional engine and this 278-horsepower V6 gets 17-20 city miles and 20-24 highway miles per gallon, depending on transmission and powertrain. Ford offers five optional engines and except for the 395-horsepower V8 and sporty off-road tuned Raptor engine, they do better than the Tacoma’s optional engine. It turns out the Ford F-150 is the greener, fuel-efficient option. Who knew?

Handling and Braking: Tie

You might think that the smaller truck is better at maneuvering and stopping. Well, this might stop you in your tracks. The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tacoma are competitive in this category too. Drivers like that the F-150 handles itself like a sedan, with responsive steering, excellent braking, and a comfortable, composed ride. The F-150 boasts almost the exact same turning radius as the Tacoma. I could go on to say the exact same things about the compact Tacoma, but achieving those qualities is a little more impressive in a full-size.

Off-Roading: Tie

The Ford F-150 can really haul, even while off-roading. Grab optional features like locking rear differential, off-road-tuned suspension, and hill descent control and you have a serviceable weekend off-roader. But for the deadly serious among you, where off-roading is a passion not just a hobby, there’s the F-150 Raptor. The Raptor comes standard with four-wheel drive, off-road racing suspension, and skid plates. This dials the off-roading experience up to an eleven.

2019 Ford F-150 Towing

The Toyota Tacoma also boasts a trim level specializing in off-roading: the TRD Pro. With 9.4 inches of ground clearance, the Tacoma’s small size doesn’t hinder the off-roading experience. In the compact pickup class, you can’t do better. That being said, the F-150 Raptor and Tacoma TRD Pro look pretty evenly matched.

All things considered, the Tacoma has no distinct advantage over the F-150, even in the areas you’d expect. And then when you consider that the F-150 has faster acceleration, more towing capacity, a longer truck bed, bigger cabin, and more, the Ford F-150 completely pulls away in this race. If you don’t mind paying just a little bit extra up front, the F-150 is far and away the obvious choice.

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