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2015 Ford F-150 XLT vs. Toyota Tundra Premium Crewmax near Edmond, OK

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When choosing a truck, there are a variety of factors to consider, all trucks share common goals of being tough, flexible and powerful work vehicles. David Stanley Ford presents the comparison of two of the most well-known trucks in the business. The Ford F-150 XLT and the Toyota Tundra Platinum Crewmax near Edmond, OK, go head-to-head in this battle of rolling offices. For truck buyers it’s all a numbers game, with regular cars you get the one that fits your personality, with trucks it’s what gets the job done the best, works smarter and harder, rather than one or the other.  So let’s dig into these two trucks and see which one comes out as king of the hill.

For the first time, the Ford F-150 XLT body is all aluminum. Now that may laugh in the face of traditional steel construction, but the Ford has shaved 600 lbs. over the previous generation. That pays dividends in a multitude of ways, while still maintaining a tough and durable machine. The Toyota Tundra Platinum Crewmax is made out of traditional high strength steel. Final curb weights show the Ford F-150 XLT comes in at 5,577 lbs.,  whereas the Toyota Tundra Platinum Crewmax weighs in at 5,894 lbs. a difference of 317 lbs. Add that to the fact the Toyota uses a traditional naturally aspirated  V8, whereas Ford has gone boost happy, using its new 3.5L Twin Turbo Eco-Boost V6. Not only is the aluminum V6 in the Ford lighter than the age old Toyota V8, it produces more torque. The Ford F-150 XLT produces a whopping 420 lbs.-ft. vs. the 401 lbs.-ft. in the Tundra.  All this weight saving and efficient engine technology means that you sacrifice very little power over the V8 Tundra (381-hp vs. 365-hp). Even so the Ford F-150 XLT gets from 0-60 MPH in 5.6 seconds, the heavier, less advanced Tundra takes an entire second longer to get to 60 MPH. Considering the weight and torque figures the Ford F-150 XLT has some serious engineering to pull this off. What’s really impressive however is the Ford’s 0-30 MPH time of 1.7 seconds to the Toyota’s 2.4 seconds.  Although the Tundra has more power than the Ford F-150, it’s clear the Ford uses all of its horses more efficiently.

So what do all these figures mean in the real world? First let’s look at fuel ratings. The Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 13/17 MPG[1]  (city/hwy) where the Ford bests that with its 17/23 MPG (city/hwy)[2]. That means longer trips, more work getting done, and more money in your pocket. The F-150 XLT has a larger 36 gallon fuel tank keeping you passing up those pesky gas stations, while those in the Tundra will have to deal with a small 26.4 gallon tank. In Car and Driver’s 2015 Truck comparison testing the Tundra’s weight showed up on the skidpad, the rear tires broke loose around .71g, while the lighter F-150 was able to hold on until .75g. Braking was also slightly better in the Ford F-150 XLT, taking 179 ft. to the Toyota’s 189 ft[3].  Although that margin isn’t huge, it’s enough that a second in reaction time could make all the difference. What these braking and lateral acceleration tests show is the F-150 was the more capable and nimble truck.

You may be saying great, the Ford handles well, but surely the V8 could out tow the smaller aluminum V6, and you would be wrong, very wrong. The F-150 is incredibly tough; the engineers at Ford were clearly up to some late night mechanical wizardry to net a total towing capacity of 12,200 lbs. The Tundra doesn’t even come close with its total towing capacity of 9,800 lbs. Its massively underachieving V8 just doesn’t stack up. Payload goes to the Ford as well with a total capacity of 2,020 lbs., compared to the Toyota’s 1,575 lbs. max payload. Both have AWD systems to keep you in control over loose surfaces, but the Ford F-150's locking rear differential, gives you that much more control in the rough stuff.

Overall, the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT for sale near Edmond, OK, at David Stanley Ford bests the traditional engineering of the Toyota Tundra Platinum Crewmax. The Ford F-150 XLT weights less all around, and its just as tough and willing to work as the bigger V8 in the Toyota, and is a better handling truck. Fuel economy in the Ford beats the Toyota not just in MPG, but in total fuel capacity as well. Not to mention better towing and payload capacity, torque figures, and faster 0-60 times the Ford is the clear all around better truck in the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT comparison in Edmond, OK.

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[1] EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation

[2] 2014 EPA-estimated combined miles per gasoline gallon equivalent. Estimate includes consumption and gasoline energy during EV mode operation. Actual results will vary for many reasons including driving conditions and how you drive and maintain your vehicle

[3] Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It's always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions.