2013 Ford F-150 vs 2012 Toyota Tundra
|2013 Ford F-150|
|2013 Ford F-150 Cabin|
|2012 Toyota Tundra|
|2012 Toyota Tundra Cabin|
2013 Ford F-150
With a variety of trim levels, there's an F-150 that meets just about every segment of truck buyer out there, including those who use a light-duty pickup for work, play and simply to look good driving down the street. Truck owners wanting a custom look can choose the FX Appearance Package, which brings unique flat-black 20-inch wheels. The new generation engine lineup moves Ford from follower to leader in power and alternatives. With multiple choices in trim, drivetrains and body styles, there's an F-150 for every type of pickup owner. For 2013, the F-150 gets revised exterior styling. The 2013 Ford F-150 delivers a strong combination of style, interior comfort, performance, ride and hauling ability.
2012 Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup in every sense of the term. The Toyota delivers power, payload and tow ratings that meet any reasonable need. There are no major changes for the 2012 Toyota Tundra, though there have been some packaging changes. The current generation was introduced as a 2008 model. The 2012 Tundra comes in three body styles: Regular Cab with two doors, Double Cab with conventional front-hinged, secondary rear side doors, and CrewMax with four full-size doors. Seating is available for three, five or six. Three bed lengths and three wheelbases are available.
Truck Power and Handling
The range of engines for the F-150 allows truck shoppers to select the power and fuel-economy levels that best match their needs. In any case, the F-150's six-speed automatic transmission continues to play a key role in its fuel efficiency. Two V8 and two V6 engines are offered, all with 6-speed automatic transmissions. Each engine except the 6.2 offers multiple axle ratios. With one of the deepest beds in the segment, the F-150 has generous cargo volume out back and a maximum payload rating of 3,060 pounds; most versions carry 1,550-2,100 pounds. Any cab model F-150 can be optioned to tow more than 11,000 pounds; the range varies from 5,500-11,300 pounds.
Tundra's double overhead-cam 5.7-liter V8 engine is rated at 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The smaller 4.6-liter dohc V8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. As with the 5.7-liter engine, the 4.6-liter has Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i), which optimizes valve timing for the best combination of performance, economy and emissions. Both V8 engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4.6-liter V8 is a good choice for owners who don't plan to do much towing. The base 4.0-liter V6, introduced on the 2011 models, nets 270 horsepower. The V6 is available only with two-wheel-drive Regular Cab and Double Cab models. The V6 weighs 300 pounds less than do the V8s resulting in better fuel economy. V6 models can't tow as much as the V8s but easily match the V8s for payload. The V6 comes with a 5-speed automatic.
Pickup Truck Interior & Exterior Design
Available high-intensity-discharge headlights look similar to those on the Explorer and Edge crossovers. XLT and other work-oriented trims get a new two-bar grille while uplevel trims have a three-bar design. Tow mirrors that power-fold and power-extend are available. Inside, uplevel trims like the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and new Limited get MyFord Touch and its 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard. Other F-150s get a new 4.2-inch dash screen for the stereo and climate systems. The F-150 lineup offers a truck cabin for everyone, from wash-off vinyl flooring and a two-door Regular Cab to leather-lined premium four-door models with as much rear-seat legroom as the front of most luxury sedans: Within those extremes lies something for everyone. Yet even the least-expensive F-150 isn't boring; it leaves room for customization, does the work required, and keeps overhead down. Regular Cabs are offered in standard bed and long bed XL, STX, or XLT grades. SuperCab trucks add higher FX and Lariat trim to choices plus SVT's Raptor, and a short-bed option. A long-bed SuperCab is available only with the heavy-duty package. The SuperCrew F-150, available with either the short bed or standard bed, drops the STX grade and adds King Ranch and Platinum derivatives while Harley-Davidson is SuperCrew short bed only.
The 2012 Toyota Tundra comes in three body styles: Regular Cab with 6 1/2-foot standard bed or 8-foot long bed, Double Cab with 6 1/2-foot standard bed or 8-foot long bed, and Crew Max with a 5 1/2-foot short bed. Choosing among them affects the wheelbase and overall length. Tundra is big and burly by design. Its large grille, boldly framed in black or chrome, pulls lines from the deeply sculpted hood into the front end. Wheels vary by model, but they're all truckish in appearance. The standard 18-inch, steel wheels on base Tundras are actually quite attractive in their basic, functional look. The aluminum alloy wheels on the Limited models feature thick, monolithic spokes. The optional 20-inch alloys satisfy the current trend toward lots of wheel and not much tire, not our choice for towing, off-pavement travel or other serious truck duties. Ergonomics inside the Tundra are generally good. The dash-mounted controls, and especially more critical and frequently used knobs for fan, temperature and airflow, are extra large, with solid detentes and a nice positive feel that lets the operator know how far they've been turned.
The Ford F-150 remains the top-selling pickup in the U.S. and has garnered various awards. Overall, the F-150's ride and handling to be superb and its interior comfortable and quiet. The powertrain lineup provides performance ranging from adequate to downright thrilling. The latest Tundra continues to be one tough truck, especially for towing, but there are some downsides, , including a sometimes jiggly, over-sprung ride quality and some interior ergonomic missteps. The F-150 offers an array of safety features that come standard, including antilock brakes, AdvanceTrac RSC electronic stability control, trailer sway control, frontal airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Safety-related options include an integrated trailer brake controller, rear-view camera, MyKey, and reverse park sensors. Safety features that come standard on every Toyota Tundra include front- and side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, driver and passenger knee airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control with traction control, and trailer sway control.