Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra

From the October 2022 concern of Automobile and Driver.

Round right here we like nothing higher than to lean towards a dusty wall, squint into the center distance, and grumble quick declarative sentences about pickup vans. “Some new vans out,” one in every of us would possibly say, whereas spitting casually on the bottom. “Positive are,” one or the opposite grizzled automotive wranglers would grumble, punctuating the concept by idly kicking away a scorpion. “A few of ’em even electrified, I reckon.” After which, after a minute or two of quiet self-reflection of our regrets, a 3rd tester would possibly say, “We should always spherical up a Toyota Tundra TRD Professional, a Ford F-150 Lariat PowerBoost, and a Ram 1500 Restricted eTorque and conduct a rigorous and thorough comparability check of hybridized full-size pickup vans.” That is concerning the time the workplace supervisor is available in and tells everybody to go exterior, please. Sufficient with the mud and the spitting and the scorpions! Do we now have to do that entire factor each time we plan a truck comparability? Actually.

Hey, we prefer to get within the correct mindset, even when the vans in query are partially propelled by this newfangled “electrical energy.” And all three of those bruisers have some type of battery-electric help bolstering their internal-combustion powerplant. The Tundra augments its 389-hp twin-turbo V-6 with an electrical motor that chips in 48 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The F-150 makes use of a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 paired with an electrical motor that makes 47 horsepower and 221 pound-feet. A 16-hp motor that twists out 130 pound-feet of torque joins the Ram’s 395-hp V-8. The Ford and the Toyota can roll down the street on electrical energy alone, whereas the Ram’s setup is extra for torque fill-in and clean begins. However all of them have an engine and a motor, so right here we’re.

This trio reminds us of the joke the place a Tundra TRD Professional, an F-150 Lariat, and a Ram 1500 Restricted all stroll right into a bar, after which a month later we get letters complaining that these trims do not align. Properly excuse us, however perhaps you’ve got heard about supply-chain points? Yeah, that applies right here too. And anyway, they’re all priced round $70,000, and we doubt matchy-matchy trims would’ve modified the outcomes any, so be happy to mail these letters to 123 Go Away Road, care of Minimize Us Some Slack.

Okay, now that the parameters are clear, let’s speak vans.

third Place:
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional

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Pictured right here in its most frequent habitat, the Tundra TRD Professional is essentially the most off-road-ready truck of our trio.

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Highs: Main torque, soft Fox suspension, ethereal cabin.
Lows:
No full-time all-wheel-drive mode, hybrid battery kills inside storage, weight negates energy benefit.
Verdict:
One for the Tundra followers.

The brand new Tundra is a quixotic beast. You get the concept that alongside many factors of the product-development resolution course of, Toyota stated, “We’re not going to outsell any of the home vans it doesn’t matter what we do, so let’s not pressure ourselves.” And thus the hybrid system makes use of a nickel-metal hydride battery as an alternative of a lithium-ion one, and it takes up all of the rear under-seat storage. The switch case does not have a full-time mode, that means that in regular on-road driving the TRD Professional is rear-wheel drive funneling 583 pound-feet to an open diff beneath an unladen pickup mattress—within the rain, a hybrid Tundra would possibly do a one-wheel peel till it runs out of fuel. Which, by the way, it drank on the highest fee of our trio, averaging 16 mpg in our testing. That offered us frequent alternatives to note that the Tundra nonetheless has a fuel cap, whereas the opposite vans have capless fillers.

The Tundra is good to drive, the coil-spring rear finish feeling composed and the Fox internal-bypass dampers (with distant reservoirs on the rear) serving to to smother lumpy pavement. The 437-hp hybrid powertrain delivers straightforward muscle, with the artificial V-8 soundtrack combining with the true turbocharger consumption hiss to make it sound such as you’re driving a Mercedes-AMG GT (from contained in the cabin, anyway). However that best-in-test horsepower and torque did not correspond to the quickest acceleration, partly as a result of the Tundra, at 6174 kilos, was additionally the heaviest truck right here. Its 5.9-second 60-mph time lagged behind the F-150’s dash by 0.6 second, and its 14.5-second quarter-mile at 95 mph precisely matches the run we recorded from a nonhybrid Tundra Restricted. The hybrid does earn a 1- to 2-mpg EPA mixed fuel-economy benefit towards its conventionally powered counterpart, so there’s that.

Sure aspects of the TRD Professional inside aren’t straight corresponding to the opposite vans—camo-look SofTex upholstery is its personal life-style selection—however we are able to make some observations that apply to any Tundra trim. As an illustration, the out there panoramic roof and roll-down rear window give the Tundra the airiest pickup cabin this facet of a ragtop Jeep Gladiator. Nevertheless, neither the 8.0-inch normal heart show nor the non-compulsory 14.0-inch display screen features a tuning knob, and a fats driveshaft hump bisects the rear ground. Why design a brand new truck with a driveshaft hump? The Ram and the Ford have flat flooring.

The previous-generation Tundra, launched in 2007, was a striver, overengineered in comparison with its contemporaries. And but it nonetheless by no means outsold any of the home vans, a undeniable fact that probably knowledgeable the product planning on this newest one. As one logbook entry put it, “This truck makes me suppose Toyota has given up on chasing the Detroit Three and is as an alternative centered on pleasing its loyalists.” It is not a nasty truck, the Tundra. However it does not exist in a vacuum.

2nd Place:
2021 Ford F-150 Lariat PowerBoost 4×4

Highs: Fairly fast and best, onboard generator, hands-free cruise management.
Lows:
Shivering construction, leaf-spring rear finish, petrochemical-based inside.
Verdict:
A truck that straddles the long run and the previous.

The F-150 PowerBoost virtually looks like a retro-rod. Right here we now have a hybrid powertrain that places out 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, an aluminum physique, hands-free freeway driving through Ford’s BlueCruise system, and generator performance that turns the truck into a transportable energy station. However once you’re bounding and clomping down a rutted again street, and that leaf-spring rear suspension is dancing with a ditch—identical to it will have in your pappy’s truck manner again when—the F-150 does not come throughout as a showcase for innovation. This looks like a standard pickup that realized some cool tips fairly than some absolutely realized expression of pickup modernity. “The truck that is the quickest with the least quantity of physique management—it is an thrilling mixture,” learn one logbook be aware.

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The Toyota and the Ram stare on the Ford with gross sales envy. Ford pickups outsell Ram and Toyota pickups mixed.

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The hybridized F-150 does put up some nice numbers. There’s the best-in-test 5.3-second 60-mph time and 13.8-second quarter-mile at 101 mph. And it additionally earned the perfect noticed gas economic system (18 mpg), had the quietest cabin at 70 mph (64 decibels), and notched the very best payload and tow scores. So why is not this the winner?

Due to the chassis, for one factor. “Turning off the lane-departure warning system solely reasonably reduces the shivers coming by the steering wheel,” one tester wrote. One other remark learn, “If the Ram 1500 is a ball bearing rolling on metal tracks, the Ford F-150 is {a partially} unmoored bouncy home on a windy day.” The F-150 is snug, to make certain, with the cushiest seats of the group, however its manners are essentially the most resolutely trucklike.

Its inside, too, is nice sufficient however sports activities an entire lot of plastic pretending to be different issues. One set of trim inserts with a mottled brown sample seems to be midway torn between a mission to be pretend wooden or pretend metallic. The digital instrument panel solely has one show possibility, which was characterised as “massive, goofy numbers.” Sure, that is an F-150 Lariat and never a Restricted or Platinum or King Ranch mannequin, nevertheless it nonetheless prices $70,000. The Ford did rating factors for stashing the hybrid system’s lithium battery underneath the mattress, thereby preserving standard inside house.

Typically, once you’re crusing alongside in EV mode or driving hands-free on the freeway with BlueCruise locked in, the F-150 feels futuristic. Then you definitely hit a bump and the spell breaks because the physique bounds skyward and the construction shakes and also you’re again in 2012. Or 2002.

As one tester put it, “F-150s proceed to really feel like strong on a regular basis vans that simply work.” And this can be a significantly fascinating pickup, given its fleetness, thrifty gas economic system, and backup-power functionality. However it’s not fairly the overall bundle. And one different truck is.

1st Place:
2022 Ram 1500 Restricted Crew Cab 4×4

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An opulent experience, a fancy inside, and a pushrod V-8 are a successful pickup combo.

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Highs: Experience and dealing with from the luxury-SUV class, intelligent tailgate, unbelievable inside.
Lows:
Weak-sauce hybrid system, highest value, not quickest.
Verdict:
Nonetheless a peerless pickup.

Sure, the slowest and most costly truck wins. And that ought to let you know one thing about how nice the Ram 1500 Restricted is in nearly each different respect. We would additionally level out that it is not slowest or most costly by large margins—its 6.4-second run to 60 mph was a half-second behind the Tundra’s, and its $75,710 value was $4915 greater than the F-150’s. The Ram is in the identical neighborhood in these respects, however in terms of its inside and driving dynamics, this truck is by itself planet. A Ram 1500 Restricted is a luxurious SUV that occurs to have a pickup mattress.

And although it is not a lot of a hybrid, the Ram scored the second-best noticed gas economic system, 17 mpg, aided by four-wheel air springs that decrease it to a road-hugging crouch at freeway speeds. That trick suspension additionally imbues it with the perfect experience by far, a serene and stolid glide that takes a Magic Eraser to the uncared for depravity that’s Michigan pavement. Why does not everybody supply this? The Tundra’s air springs, not out there on the TRD Professional, are rear-only, and the F-150 does not supply them in any respect.

Whereas packing the bottom horsepower of the truck trio, the Ram looks like it will probably stroll away from the opposite two on real-world roads. With that subtle suspension and the bottom as-tested curb weight (5824 kilos), the Ram posted 0.78 g in our skidpad check, the perfect of the bunch. It boasts the most important brakes and, at 187 ft, the shortest stopping distance from 70 mph. And its energy deficit is partially negated by its responsive ZF 8HP transmission, which helped it file a 3.2-second dash from 30 to 50 mph, besting each opponents. As one logbook remark put it, “Why do different corporations waste cash creating 10-speed transmissions when the 8HP exists?”

However the Ram’s inside is what really distances it from all different pickups. Most vans gown their top-end trims with some additional leather-based and wooden and name it a day. The Ram is completely luxurious all over the place you look. Flip down the middle armrest of the again seat and you will find that the quilt stitching picks up the theme of the seize handles out on the corners—a hidden little bit of finery that required a little bit additional effort to execute. Now extrapolate that fanatical consideration to element to principally every thing. Look down and the woven ground mats may have been swiped from a Rolls-Royce. Lookup and the headliner is fake suede. One tester climbed into the again and, upon discovering that the heated and ventilated rear seats additionally recline, blurted, “Come on! Are you kidding me?”

The Ram elicits that response often, and never simply due to craftsmanship or positive driving manners. It features fantastically as a truck too. The non-compulsory tailgate can hinge down or cut up and open barn-door type, permitting you to get nearer to cargo within the mattress. The air springs make hooking up a trailer or loading heavy objects that a lot simpler. Should you’re heading off-road, this truck has the very best floor clearance. And the Ram does not must pipe in artificial V-8 noises, for apparent causes. To cite the logbook: “Feels like a truck ought to. Lengthy reside pushrods.”

This technology of Ram debuted in 2019 to instantaneous accolades. Three years later, the truck remains to be on prime. And if, at $75,710 as examined, this Ram 1500 Restricted appears costly, think about its bandwidth: It is a luxurious automotive, a cargo hauler, an off-roader, and a household automotive. Three years in the past, we puzzled why no person else was constructing a pickup like this. We’re nonetheless questioning.

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Specs

Specs

2021 Ford F-150 Lariat PowerBoost 4×4
Automobile Kind: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $55,825/$70,795

POWERTRAIN
Twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6, 400 hp, 500 lb-ft + AC motor, 47 hp, 221 lb-ft (mixed output: 430 hp, 570 lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

10-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/reside axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion ATR
275/60R-20 115T M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 145.4 in
Size: 231.7 in
Width: 79.9 in
Peak: 77.2 in
Passenger Quantity: 132 ft3
Curb Weight: 5883 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 5.3 sec
100 mph: 13.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.8 sec @ 101 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
Prime Pace (gov ltd): 107 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 191 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.75 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 18 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 24/24/24 mpg

2022 Ram 1500 Restricted Crew Cab 4×4
Automobile Kind: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $67,780/$75,710

POWERTRAIN
Pushrod 16-valve V-8, 395 hp, 410 lb-ft + AC motor, 16 hp, 130 lb-ft (mixed output: 395 hp, 410 lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

8-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/reside axle
Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
275/55R-20 113T M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 144.6 in
Size: 232.9 in
Width: 82.1 in
Peak: 77.6 in
Passenger Quantity: 132 ft3
Curb Weight: 5824 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 6.4 sec
100 mph: 17.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.9 sec @ 94 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.8 sec
Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec
Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Prime Pace (gov ltd): 106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 187 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.78 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 17 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 19/18/22 mpg

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional
Automobile Kind: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $69,300/$69,985

POWERTRAIN
Twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6, 389 hp, 479 lb-ft + AC motor, 48 hp, 184 lb-ft (mixed output: 437 hp, 583 lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

10-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/reside axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Falken Wild Peak A/T AT3W
285/65R-18 116T M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 145.7 in
Size: 233.6 in
Width: 81.6 in
Peak: 78.0 in
Passenger Quantity: 116 ft3
Curb Weight: 6174 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 5.9 sec
100 mph: 16.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.5 sec @ 95 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.5 sec
Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec
Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.1 sec
Prime Pace (gov ltd): 106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 197 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.70 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 16 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 19/18/20 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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