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2022 Tundra vs 2021 F-150: What you need to know if you’re cross shopping


In this video, Publisher Tim Esterdahl talks through the main differences between his new 2022 Tundra vs 2021 F-150 he owned last year. If you are cross-shopping these trucks, this is what you need to know. If you’re just curious if Esterdahl misses his F-150 Powerboost, so you’ll like this, too.

Five wins for the 2022 Toyota Tundra

As you probably already know, Esterdahl just brought home a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited. It’s the same cab configuration, same bed length and basically the same price as the F-150 he bought last year.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra has a better powertrain. Both the new Tundra and the F-150 hybrid have 3.5-liter V-6 engines with 10-speed auto transmissions. But after driving both, it feels like this truck has more power at a lower torque curve, and it really puts you back in your seat. Esterdahl says it feels more like a truck vs a sedan. And it sounds better.

Toyota wins with ride quality thanks to the new coil suspension vs leaf springs. The difference is minuscule, but it’s there and over long distances, it matters.

Quality engineering is another win. The Tundra feels like a very solid truck. From the door closing to the sturdiness of things like the center console to the lack of rattles and wind noise the 2022 Tundra is built well.

And finally: There is a decided lack of rust on the undercarriage. You all know how Esterdahl feels about finding rust on brand new trucks. Well, the Tundra has none. So there’s that.

Do you miss your Ford yet?

This is the question Ford fans are asking, and the answer just might break Toyota fans’ hearts, but here goes…

Ford wins with features. The Tundra hasn’t added a lot of new things with this refresh. Zone lighting is one of the things Esterdahl misses from his F-150. Along the same lines, the interior lighting and the puddle lamps just aren’t bright enough.

Esterdahl also misses the onboard power he enjoyed in his F-150 hybrid and wishes the Tundra had the same option vs the 400-watt outlet it comes with. The Ford had enough to power tools, run his camper, and even power his house in a power outage. Did Toyota miss the mark?

This one is personal of course, but we’re sure other vertically challenged drivers feel the same way. The Tundra’s tailgate goes down, but that’s it. You still can’t get into the bed without crawling in. There’s no step. Ford has a great pull-out step to make getting into the bed a breeze.

Ford gives you tow hooks. When you buy an offroad truck, you’re probably going to be offroading, and there’s a good chance you’re going to get stuck at some point. It’s not IF it’s WHEN. If you don’t have an easy way to hook up some straps or chains to free your truck, you’re likely to be overcautious off-pavement.

And finally, we come to Ford’s SYNC4 vs Toyota’s infotainment system. Ford wins big here. Even with the changes that Toyota is working on, the system just isn’t there yet. SYNC4 has it figured out.

2022 Tundra vs 2021 F-150

Yes, trucks are changing, and the things we make a fuss about these days are very different than they were a decade ago. But, they matter because people are spending more time in trucks than ever before. They’re becoming family haulers and everyday drivers, not just farm vehicles.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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