Since Toyota just released full specs for the 2022 Tundra hybrid today, we can finally do a comparison of the only two hybrid full-size trucks on the market. But rather than drag out a complete spec-by-spec list, we pulled out the most salient info – namely pricing, power, MPGs and towing. (Chart below)
From this brief look, it’s clear Toyota and Ford had completely different strategies when developing their hybrids.
The Ford strategy seems to be one of making the hybrid more accessible. So, you can get the F-150 PowerBoost starting on the base XL trim, but it’s not available on the top two rugged trims. At the base XL trim this is a $4,495 premium over the non-hybrid truck.
Toyota, however, makes it more of an exclusive feature, only making it available on the top trims. Furthermore, the high-lux Capstone trim and off-road-ready TRD Pro trim are hybrid-only vehicles. So, to get into a hybrid Tundra, you’ll spend a minimum of $16,350 over the base price to level up to the Limited trim with the hybrid. If you were simply looking Limited to Limited, that’s a $3,400 add for the i-Force Max engine.
We’re not sure who comes out the winner here. While the Ford F-150 hybrid is more affordable, Toyota is banking on the fact this engine will be a luxury item customers are willing to pay for.
Toyota has made no bones about the fact it focused on power for towing with its Tundra hybrid engine. So, you get an additional 13 pound-feet of torque that smooths out some of the edges in terms of performance. In our first-drive video, we spent some time talking about how this made a huge difference in the peppiness of the Tundra while towing first 3,400-pounds, then 5,800 pounds.
The trade off, however, is going to be fuel economy. While several people thought this would be a 30-MPG truck, it isn’t – by a long shot. In fact, it gets worse fuel economy than the the F-150 PowerBoost by about 2-3 MPG in combined driving.
It certainly does better than the outgoing V-8 and the current V-6, but we’ll be curious to see if the power increase wins out over the fuel economy numbers when talking about hybrid powertrains.
With the extra power and increased focus on towing, payload and towing numbers for the Tundra hybrid are a bit of a stumper. While the hybrid’s numbers are slightly better than the Tundra V-6 numbers, they’re significantly less than the Ford F-150 PowerBoost numbers.
Depending on what you tow, that could be a dealbreaker for some folks.
|Ford F-150 PowerBoost||Toyota Tundra Hybrid||Toyota Tundra V-6 CrewMax|
|Base price (including destination)||$43,890 (XL)||$53,995 (Limited)||$37,645 (SR)|
|Top price||$78,930 (Limited)||$75,225 (Capstone)||$62,715 (1794)|
|Trim availability||XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited||Limited, Platinum, 1794, Capstone, TRD Pro||SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1974|
|Engine||3.5L V-6 twin-turbochargers||3.5L V-6 Hybrid, twin-turbochargers||3.5L V-6, twin turbochargers|
|Horespower||430 @ 6,000 RPM||437 @ 5,200 RPM||389 @ 5,200 RPM|
|Torque||570 lb-ft 3,000 RPM||583 lb-ft 2,400 RPM||479 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM|
|Fuel economy city/hwy/combined (4X2)||25/25/25 MPG||20/24/22 MPG||18/24/20 MPG (SR); 18/23/20 (SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794)|
|Fuel economy city/hwy/combined (4X4)||23/23/23 MPG||19/22/21 MPG (Limited, Platinum, 1794, Capstone); 19/21/20 (TRD Pro)||17/23/19 MPG (SR, SR5); 17/22/19 (Limited, Platinum, 1794)|
|Max towing (4X2)||12,700 lb||11,450 lb||11,400 lb|
|Max towing (4X4)||12,400 lb||11,175 lb||11,160 lb|
|Max payload (4X2)||2,120 lb||1,680 lb||1,830 lb|
|Max payload (4X4)||1,830 lb||1,665 lb||1,820 lb|
This is an interesting line Toyota drew in the sand here. More power with a smoother torque curve, but less efficiency, less payload and a higher price.
I will say I did like the ride and handling of the Tundra hybrid better than the F-150 PowerBoost – not to mention the towing experience was certainly smoother. But will that be enough to keep Toyota fans loyal?
We’ll be curious to see how this works out for them. What are your thoughts? Is the higher price of the Tundra hybrid worth it?
Want more info on the 2022 Toyota Tundra hybrid, be sure to check out our first drive review.
Owner of (2) Toyota vehicles here and I can’t say enough about the quality & value I’ve experienced with them. However I’ve ordered a new F-150 PowerBoost (with much credit to Tim’s videos) instead of the new Tundra because 1) I don’t like the new styling. 2) The color choices are lacking. 3) No Power Pro package like Ford. 4) The hybrid battery takes up space under the rear seat. 5) I can order a Ford in a wide range of combinations that Toyota doesn’t offer. I will miss the reliability of my Toyota with 302,000 miles and perhaps I may regret that decision in the long term. Toyota needed to go above and beyond with this redesign, when in reality they’re just playing catch up.
Yeah. I think we were all a little disappointed with with Toyota didn’t do on the new 2022 Tundra. You’ll have to let us know how it goes with your PowerBoost!
I put a deposit down on a 1794 in October and am still waiting. And after the wait and seeing the long list of build quality issues, I am strongly considering moving toward an F150 hybrid. Numbers look better (MGG and $$) in comparison even if Toyota are a known for a little bit better quality product; generally speaking at least
Hi guys I’m stuck between f150 bowerboost and Toyota tundra haybrid. Please help me out with which one is better and reliable?thanks