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How Will Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra Compare to Ford PowerBoost?

Comparing 2022 Tundra against all-new Ford F-150 PowerBoost. Who will win this important full-size truck segment?

One of the most eagerly awaited Toyota redesigns in years will be here by the end of this year.

Toyota Tundra.

2022 Toyota Tundra

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The new 2007 Tundra proved to be incredibly popular with truck fans when it was first introduced. It was even named “Truck of the Year” immediately.

For the last 15 years Toyota Tundra has proven to be reliable, dependable and trustworthy for owners.

Now we look to the future. We can even call it the near future at this point.

Soon the 2022 Tundra will be officially announced. Details could not come soon enough, though, as Toyota and truck fans are anxiously awaiting for specifications to be released.

Toyota will offer both a gasoline-only Tundra and Tundra Hybrid. Expected release date is by end of 2020 for all-new Tundra. I would not be surprised to see Tundra Hybrid by early spring, but that is just guesswork on my part.

I recently wrote a Torque News story asking what type of fuel economy next-gen 2022 Tundra Hybrid needs for potential buyers consider a Tundra Hybrid. One person mentioned a specific truck competitor in his analysis:

“…Needs to be 30mpg like Ford F-150 one. For us, the payload would need to be around 2100 lbs & towing capacity at least 11k…”

Further research shows the Ford F-150 PowerBoost mpg is less than speculated above, but it is still strong. I will now dig a little deeper into the world of Ford F-150.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost Specs

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost front end profile

According to the website, Ford PowerBoost is impressive when looking at several performance specs.

Potential Ford F-50 hybrid power all starts with a 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 engine. This combination of gasoline and electric energy produces 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. torque.

What about towing capabilities, you ask? Ford F-150 PowerBoost is capable of a maximum tow capacity of 12,700 pounds. Plus, look for an available payload rating of 2,120 pounds.

Fuel estimates are strong. A 4x2 Ford PowerBoost is rated at 25 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, giving drivers 25 mpg combined. The 4x4 has a combined 24 mpg.

This Ford 4x4 PowerBoost can travel up to 700 miles on one tank of gas. This is partially due to its 30.6-gallon fuel tank.

Potential 2022 Tundra Specs

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Again, details are not available yet from Toyota. I will write this next section based on social media chatter, rumors and speculation - since it is all I have at this point.

Thanks for being so secretive Toyota. Maybe I need to hire Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang. I just wish Velma would not constantly lose her glasses. So hard to solve crimes when everything is fuzzy. But I digress.

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Many people expect Toyota Tundra to abandon its popular 5.7-liter V8 engine. Count on some form of twin turbo V6 engine. Also look for at least an 8-speed automatic transmission. Possibly a 10-speed automatic.

We should even see a longer-bed Tundra CrewMax. We have spotted pictures of this undergoing testing.

Next-gen Tundra will have completely new and more aggressive exterior styling, a bold and pronounced front end, modern interior cabin, and plenty of new safety and technology.

Time for your Toyota Tundra comments

This is an important launch for Toyota.

The automotive powerhouse has proclaimed their goal of manufacturing 40% of all vehicles to be hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles by the year 2025. This is just four years away. 70% of all Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs will be hybrid or other by 2030. Mind-blowing.

That is a gigantic goal and a dramatic (the most dramatic one yet, according to The Bachelor) change in direction within the next 10 years. Look for more Toyota plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV), hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and traditional hybrids than ever.

Will 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid match performance specs of 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost? Or will it beat one or more criteria? We will all find out soon.

This is my question of the day for you: what will it take for you to consider a 2022 Toyota Tundra? Do you feel a Tundra Hybrid might be for you?

What is most important to you in a full-size truck: horsepower, torque, payload, towing capabilities, fuel efficiency, or is it something else?

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Brian Ericson (not verified)    March 28, 2021 - 10:05PM

I AM buying a new 2022, since the 2021 update did not happen. I am hoping to get a hybrid, but if it does not have great numbers, I will get the twin 6, and wait for a great hybrid. I have had a 07, and now a 18, and just want to get a new updated version either way this fall.

PonyChones (not verified)    March 28, 2021 - 10:23PM

Really excited for the new tundra. I have high hopes for a hybrid but would settle for v6 turbo that gets better than 13mpg. For the record I’d consider a Tacoma if it had six inches more rear leg room. If Tundra doesn’t get a release this year I’ll likely go for the Ford hybrid, thoughI really don’t want to own another Ford again.

Andrew Doolittle (not verified)    March 28, 2021 - 11:24PM

If gasoline prices suddenly plunge as happened last year in the USA that could make for quite the throwdown between Toyota and Ford starting this Fall 2021. Clearly Ford has first mover advantage in both moving towards using aluminum, using a ten speed automatic which General Motors is now using as well, having both the hybrid F150 and the hybrid Ford Explorer plus the entire Lincoln stable which has staged a miraculous recovery after being left for dead nearly a decade ago.

In short Toyota will be needing to bring their A-game to this throwdown as GM and Dodge have already tried but mostly failed to do.

Plus Ford is now taking Jeep head on as well. Toyota certainly will not be doing that though in its own way has been able to do so with both the Tacoma and the Tundra.

Ken Coleman (not verified)    March 29, 2021 - 1:25PM

I currently have a 2019 Tacoma. I absolutely love my truck, but I need a full size. I would love to stick with Toyota so I have high hopes for the Tundra. Currently, I would choose either an F150 or Chevy/GMC due to the current Tundra having horrible gas mileage and a pretty dated interior. Even the limited trim doesn't have a heated leather stearing wheel. So I would like to see the 2022 Tundra vastly improve it's MPG and get an entire interior overhaul. Those two things will keep me with Toyota and it sounds like we're going to get that so I am very excited.

josh (not verified)    March 29, 2021 - 4:12PM

i just need a truck, 1/2 ton. 6.5 bed. double cab. i have that in a 2016. interior thrills and bells dont matter that much. that said my 2016 tundra seats are terrible and infotainment is a dinosaur.


-13/14mpg now is terrible. 5.7 is a beast though. better mpg and better hp/torque and towing #s have to happen. so yup turbo and 8/10 speed please. curious if the 5.7 with a 10 speed and DI would bridge the mpg gap to a v6 turbo + offer the v6 turbo hybrid. a real world review of the f150 powerboost only got 18mpg. getting 18/20 with a tundra reliability would be like moses parting the red sea. anything more wow.

-improve the interior base level, better seats, better infotainment. sirius not xm. let us basic truck guys have a little comfort. small things-grab handle for driver side which the sequoia has. double cab folding down rear seat. both mods I did myself for total of 150$. cmon man.

-tailgate/bed options some of that fancy shcmancy options gm has. just as options.

-diesel? only if toyota wants to play with the big 3. and in a 3/4 ton setup dont care about 1/2 ton diesel. if not coming to win dont play. the gm ram fanboys dont get a lot of fanboy talk when their diesels implode just off warranty. i personally know of 2. not critical to offer a 3/4 ton ride in diesel but a man has to dream, but if offered - I would step to a diesel from toyota. 33

-make the sprayed bedliner standard sheesh

i had a 99 tacoma bought back for frame rust in fact I was the last fellow to fle a nhtsa complaint for that y'all owe me beers then an 02 tundra frame replaced. both at around 200K miles. I love toyota they stand by their trucks. and excepting the dana corp made poor frames, very very reliable and beefier than other 1/2 tons.

MG (not verified)    March 29, 2021 - 5:40PM

There’s are reason Toyota has become the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. They do it the best and I expect they’ll come to this “throw down” prepared.

Ken Coleman (not verified)    March 29, 2021 - 7:22PM

In reply to by MG (not verified)

It’s been so long since they’ve done anything to the Tundra, they better bring it. Ford and GMC have put out some fantastic trucks and people are willing to sacrifice some on reliability for a nicer truck with more options and better MPG.

Jimmy Dinsmore    March 30, 2021 - 3:20PM

The Tundra is very long in the tooth and needs an update. But even with one, it will be far behind Ford and even Ram (maybe even GM) in truck sales. Tundra has its loyal following for sure but cannot match the big three.

Jason Derange (not verified)    March 31, 2021 - 9:10AM

I honestly believe that the 2022 Tundra will Flop to everyone except its existing base. Toyota appears to be using a lot of words and phrases . "World beater" , "Class leading" ... in the past Toyota let their Trucks do their talking not BS catch phrases.

Its April and we have still not seen the Tundra... Did we see it during the Super Bowl ? Did we see it during March Madness ? When Toyota is proud of something they sing it from the roof tops. Look at the latest Lexus EV announcement , all the hype for a prototype. The Tundra is releasing this year and we have seen NOTHING. The only thing which will be new in regards to the tundra will be the Toyota profit margin.

Pony chonies (not verified)    March 31, 2021 - 1:18PM

In reply to by Jason Derange (not verified)

That’s not a very educated opinion you have. Toyota is the largest car manufacturer on the planet, Ford, Chevy, Ram rarely even make the top three. Toyota sold more than double the cars Ford sold worldwide. Toyota has loads of money to throw at their new truck and it’s new F1 platform. I could care how long it takes for them to develop it because I know they’ll make it right the first time. If you’re happy buying an F150 that has a rusty undercarriage before it even leaves the lot then go for it. I’ll wait and spend my money on something that is more reliable.

Jason (not verified)    April 25, 2021 - 11:19PM

I think lot of other Ford/GM/Dodge owners really want the tundra because of its long running dependability, but run in the opposite direction because of its fuel economy.....myself included...I think a 3.3L Twin turbo diesel with 25+MPG COMBINED and keep it's current towing capabilities at a minimum....would be WINNER TAKES ALL!!!