There's a range of trucks available to help you with your projects around Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY. So, which one is right for you? Our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton wants to help you answer that question with a comparison of two of the most popular models: the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tacoma.

F-150 vs Tacoma: Engine Specs

There's no shortage of engine options in the Ford F-150 with six to choose from. Each motor delivers its own unique blend of power and performance to provide you with the drive you crave:



Torque (lb-ft)

3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 (base)



2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6



5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8



3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6



3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6



3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6



The Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, only has two engines to choose from. Plus, the truck's peak performance is only 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, falling short of even the baseline motor in the F-150.

Additionally, the F-150 offers a diesel motor that makes the most of your fuel tank with an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG. The best the Tacoma can do is an EPA-estimated 19 city/24 highway MPG. The F-150 also features a larger fuel capacity with a maximum of 36 gallons. The Tacoma, meanwhile, tops out at 21.1 gallons in each of its engines.

Ford F-150 vs Toyota Tacoma: Towing Capacity

One of the main reasons you may be searching for a new truck is the ability to tow a camper, boat, or heavy machinery. The Ford F-150 is up to the job with a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Toyota Tacoma doesn't produce as much torque from its engines, so it can only handle a maximum 6,800 pounds when properly configured.

To make reversing your 2-horse trailer into the barn easier, the F-150 offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist™. This technology seamlessly syncs your truck and trailer, allowing you to control the trailer's direction when reversing with the turn of a dial. This feature isn't found in the Tacoma, making parking your trailer a little trickier.

Ford F-150 vs Toyota Tacoma: Cargo Space

There's room for all your essentials in the Ford F-150 with your choice between a 5.5-foot, a 6.5-foot, or an 8-foot cargo box. From building materials to a couple kayaks, there's room for everything in your truck's cargo area. You may have difficulty fitting lengthier items in the Tacoma, though, since it only offers bed lengths of five feet and six feet.

The F-150 can also handle your hefty equipment with a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,325 pounds when properly equipped. You may need to leave some heavier items behind in the Toyota Tacoma since it maxes out with a payload of 1,685 pounds when properly configured.

F-150 vs Tacoma: Available Technology

 The F-150 does more than haul your load during a busy workday. Inside, Ford has incorporated numerous technological additions that up the ante for drivers of all types. Up front, the available 12-inch touchscreen display acts as both a helpful aid and an infotainment system. The standard SYNC® 4 system gives you everything you need at your fingertips, including:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • FordPass™ Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • On-board information
  • Digital owner's manual

The Tacoma also comes with a touchscreen display, but its largest screen size is still noticeably smaller than the F-150's. The Toyota's available 8-inch touchscreen, which is significantly smaller than the Ford's 12-inch touchscreen.

If you're needing a helping hand, the F-150 has you covered here as well. The available Interior Work Surface serves as your go-to office. Bring your work-ready material with you to get paperwork done on the fly. The Tacoma doesn't offer a similar feature, meaning that Ford provides yet another added benefit behind its durable performance.

Ford vs Toyota: Advanced Safety Features

Both the F-150 and Tacoma specialize in their attention to detail with their respective advanced safety and driver-assistive systems. Whereas the pickups may differ in other areas, Ford Co-Pilot360™ and Toyota Safety Sense™ P suites offer numerous shared standard features, including:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking: Your truck will scan the road ahead of you to alert you of a potential collision with a vehicle or pedestrian so you can act. If no action is taken, the system can apply braking for you.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps: Dark roads are dark no more. This feature will automatically detect low-visibility situations and adjust your headlights to fit the situation at hand in order to give you some peace of mind.

While the F-150 and Tacoma share these features-and more-the F-150 outshines in some of its optional advanced safety upgrades. The available Hill Descent Control™ system is engineered to help you maintain your speed when you're on a steep decline.

Ford F-150 vs Toyota Tacoma: Test Drive Your Favorite Truck Today!

Clearly, the Ford F-150 is built to handle large worksite projects better than the Toyota Tacoma. From its engine performance to its impressive hauling capabilities and even its interior technological conveniences, Ford provides a next-level experience for any driver who wants an experience that feels like Ford.

If you think this truck is the right match for your Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, worksite needs, give us a call at Friendly Ford of Hamilton today to set up a test drive. Contact us online or over the phone to get the ball rolling. We hope to see you soon!

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