In the market for a new pickup truck? CarStory compares the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro:
Ford is an industry leader in pickups, and the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has been the obvious leader in off-road trucks for years. Now that other auto makers have caught on to city-slicker/Baja-worthy truck trend, is there anything in the market to give the Raptor a run for its money? The new Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is ready to take the Raptor on head to head … let’s find out if it’s worth considering.
Let’s cover the basics first in this side-by-side CarStory Comparison:
According to nationwide market analysis on CarStory.com (Ford F-150, Tundra), the average price for a used Toyota Tundra TRD is almost $10k lower than the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. But the Raptor is unmatched in its ability to take ground obstacles at high speed, navigate unruly terrain without an ounce of hesitation, and the added horsepower is a bonus.
The Tundra TRD does beat the Raptor in a few categories, most notably in towing capacity. The Tundra can tow up to 10,000 lbs, while the Raptor is only capable of towing 8,000 lbs. But will you really be towing your wakeboarding boat as you climb the tallest mountains in Colorado? Ford takes the design award hands down for the intimidating exterior of the Raptor. C’mon Toyota! To compete with the Raptor the TRD needs to look mean, and convince me it means business on the first impression.
What do you get when you buy a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro?
Along with differentiated exterior styling and badging, the Tundra TRD Pro package will give you increased ground clearance (about 2 inches more than the base Tundra, thanks to the upgraded TRD PRO Bilstein shocks), dual performance TRD exhaust system, TRD logos and badges inside and out, an upgraded audio package, as well as undercarriage skid plate protection. All this comes in at an extra $5,000 compared to the Tundra Limited (one step down from the TRD Pro trim level).
Both of these Toyota Tundra TRD Pro listings are great deals, over $3,000 below the CarStory predicted market price.
What’s added when you buy a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor?
A lot, to say the least. The suspension gets an overhaul, adding about 3 inches. You’ll also get an upgraded differential to handle the torture of the backcountry. When you evolve the base F-150 into the SVT Raptor, it gains skid plates, body panel molding, modified hood (with optional graphics), sports exhaust, and the bragging rights with Raptor badges visible from every angle.
The Raptor is a bit more expensive than the Toyota, but these two Raptors are great deals according to CarStory.com market analytics:
The bottom line:
When it comes down to it, if off-roading is the sole mission of the truck you’re looking to buy, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a no-brainer. The Tundra drives more like you’d expect. If all you plan to do is city-driving, but you want the off-road badass look, the Tundra may be for you. The Ford SVT Raptor can’t be touched in the mud, dirt, rocks, or sand. Get ready to switch the A/C to ‘recirculate’ mode, because if you race a Raptor in a Tundra TRD, all you’ll be doing is breathing the dust and fumes from the Raptor as it takes the lead.
Check out this video from The Fast Lane Truck to see the Tundra TRD Pro in action, and commentary that compares it to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor:
The Fast Lane Truck does a good job of covering all the details of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in this video review: