2018 Ford F-150 vs 2018 Toyota Tacoma Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

Engine

  3.3L I-6

Horsepower

  290 hp


2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma

Engine

  2.7L I-4

Horsepower

  159 hp

2018 Ford F-150 vs 2018 Toyota Tacoma

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It’s not easy to dethrone the Ford F-150, which is part of a series of pickup trucks that have been around since the late 1940s. Indeed, the F-Series has been the most popular vehicle sold in America for nearly every year of the past several decades. And a large part of that success is attributed to its ability to appeal to a wide range of customers with its numerous trim combinations. The 2018 model year finds the F-150 - now in its thirteenth generation of production - more efficient and powerful than ever before: with updated powertrains, higher towing capacity, and new safety technologies. Not to say that there are other pickups worth considering. For instance, the Toyota Tacoma, which debuted halfway through the 1995 model year, has become a mainstay in the segment: thanks in no small measure to the automaker’s reputation for building sturdy, reliable vehicles. And for 2018 - early into its third generation - the Tacoma gets new standard driver assistance features to keep it competitive. Ultimately, though, here’s why you should go with the 2018 F-150:

Engine Output

To get the most power out of the 2018 Ford F-150, you will need to go with the “high output” (H.O.) version of the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, which churns out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful engine available on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is also a 3.5-liter V6 (2GR-FKS), albeit with no turbocharger and 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. That’s 172 less horsepower and 245 less lb-ft of torque than the H.O. EcoBoost®. Even the regular version of the F-150’s engine, at 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, outguns the Tacoma’s 3.5-liter.

Fuel Economy

For 2018, Ford extends start-stop technology to all engines so that they automatically shut down when you come to a full stop and automatically turn back on when you ease off the brake pedal. That eliminates engine idling - and, by extension, unnecessary fuel consumption - to boost fuel economy numbers. In addition, Ford debuts a 10-speed automatic transmission, which contributes to fuel economy with four more gears to decrease the amount of space between gears and consequently save on energy when gear shifting. (The 6-speed automatic gearbox is still an option.) To maximize the F-150’s fuel economy at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, you will need to pair the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with the 10-speed, as well as go with a rear-wheel drivetrain, which does its part by sending engine power to two wheels instead of four. On the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, you would need to configure your truck with the other engine available (a 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder named 2TR-FE), a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a rear-wheel drivetrain. But with 19/23 mpg, the Tacoma’s peak is 1 mpg and 3 mpg short in city efficiency and highway efficiency, respectively, when compared to that of its Ford counterpart.

Safety

The 2018 Ford F-150 is considered an exceptionally safe vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which awards it a TOP SAFETY PICK designation. That’s because the pickup truck got the top-level “Good” rating in all five of the organization’s crashworthiness test categories, as well as the top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ability. By comparison, the IIHS does not single out the 2018 Toyota Tacoma for its crash safety abilities. Although it also scored “Good” in all the crashworthiness tests, it received the lowest rating possible (“Basic”) in front crash prevention ability.

Ready for a test drive of the 2018 Ford F-150? You can do so at our dealership in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As evidenced by the sterling aggregated reviews on Google and Cars.com, as well as the Ford Motor Company honoring us with the President’s award for customer satisfaction eight years straight, we are the ideal place in the Dallas area to make your next purchase. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Ford sales specialists.


* 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.

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