The Ford F-250 and the Toyota Tundra might not be the first pairing you'd think of. But since Toyota doesn't make a pickup bigger than the Tundra, so that's what many buyers use as their measuring stick against their heavy-duty options. You'll find that nothing surpasses Ford in terms of raw power, but the Tundra has an advantage or two.
Raw Power: Ford F-250
As promised, the Ford F-250 handily wins in this category. It comes standard with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. There's also a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 with 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft for a little more scratch. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Tundra puts up a respectable but still weaker 4.6-liter V-8 engine that does 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. Another option is the larger 5.7-liter V-8 fares better, but still only produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.
Driving and Off-Roading: Toyota Tundra
The Ford F-250 does very well for its size. It's just a hair slower accelerating than the Tundra. The F-250 has relatively little body roll around corners and brakes well. Despite its larger frame, the F-250 drives like a smaller vehicle. While the Ford doesn't rival the Tundra, it gets pretty close.
The Tundra is quiet and comfortable on the road but a lot of fun off it. To experience off-roading to its fullest, try the Tundra Sport with the Off-Road package. This package comes with off-road tires, skid plates, and Bilstein shocks and sway bars. The Ford F-250 is equipped with all-wheel drive but doesn't have the same chops for off-roading that the Tundra does.
Towing and Hauling: Ford F-250
The F-250 can tow up to 15,000 pounds when properly configured compared to the Tundra's 10,500-pound limit. In terms of payload, the F-250 can haul up to 4,220 pounds against the 2,080 pounds of the Tundra.
The Ford F-250 definitely pulls ahead in this category. The Toyota Tundra is supposed to be a weekend warrior, not a dedicated workhorse like its rival. If you're looking for an off-roader consider the Tundra, but if you're looking to tow a large boat to the lake and carry all your gear, the Ford F-250 is more your speed.