2022 Toyota Tundra vs. Ford F-150 Raptor
The Ford F-150 Raptor’s emergence in 2010 changed the off-road pickup game. There’s no getting around that the truck took recreational driving to the next level, and it still has a profound influence on enthusiasts and automakers alike. Ford regularly releases updates, and it has redesigned the Raptor a few times since its first model year.
Other automakers have noticed and gone back to the drawing board for their pickup models. Last year, Ram came out with the 1500 TRX Launch to compete with the Raptor.
This year, Toyota has completely redesigned the full-size Tundra with a stellar off-road grade (TRD Pro) and hinted at an even more off-road-centric model to come soon.
All this is to say that the off-road pickup truck segment is becoming more competitive by the year. And the new Tundra models are ready for the half-ton fight. Below, Mount Airy Toyota explores the future Tundra off-road grade. We’ll also talk about a nail-biting drag race and compare the 2022 Tundra TRD Pro to the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Tremor!
Possible New Tundra Grade
The emergence of off-road trucks that can eat up desert terrain (like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX) has been impossible for automakers to ignore. There is now a market for this pickup style, and Toyota appears to be joining the fray.
The new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro is more than capable off the beaten path in its own right. But a recent report from The Drive suggests that a future Tundra is on the way — one specifically designed and upgraded to compete with desert-racing pickups.
During 2021’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Toyota debuted the TRD Desert Chase Tundra that included lots of off-road features like a long-travel suspension and massive 37-inch tires hugging lightweight 18-inch forged aluminum rims. Working from the all-new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro, the Desert Chase Tundra featured an aggressive wide body frame and several visual upgrades, such as extra lighting and spare tires in the truck’s bed.
Someone provided the behind-the-scenes information in The Drive’s report with inside knowledge about the future model. When the publication contacted Toyota to confirm the details, the automaker responded that it would not discuss new product development or projects. Not surprisingly, automakers generally don’t reveal their plans before they are ready, particularly when they can disrupt the market.
Toyota included the i-Force Max twin-turbocharged hybrid V-6 in the Desert Chase Tundra. This engine pushes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. All the evidence points to Toyota developing a pickup that will battle the Ford Raptor and Ram TRX, and the hybrid V-6 will make it a bold competitor with those trucks.
Remember that this model year introduces a new generation for the Tundra.
Because pickups continue to sell like crazy, chances are pretty good that a vehicle like the Desert Chase Tundra is actually on the way.
Tundra Bests Raptor in Recent Drag Race
The popular YouTube channel TFL Truck makes no secret about being big Tundra fans, and they have been eagerly anticipating Toyota’s new half-ton models. They were excited about the 2022 redesign, which drove them to test various grades in pre-production.
TFL bought the first 2022 Toyota Tundra produced straight from the automaker’s Texas factory. And what’s the first thing the reviewers did with their new purchase? They set up a drag race between their 2022 Tundra and Ford F-150 Raptor. Other than the Raptor’s 37-inch tires putting it at a disadvantage, the two trucks worked with similar powertrains.
Cutting to the drag race: the Toyota Tundra and the Ford Raptor matched each other while accelerating off the line. They stayed neck-and-neck down the stretch — so close that the drivers couldn’t distinguish who was leading or who won. Ultimately, the Tundra crossed the finish line a bumper ahead of the Raptor.
While that’s impressive enough, there’s one essential detail that made this outcome even more head-turning. TFL’s Tundra was not a top-grade model and did not have the i-Force Max hybrid engine. The drag race featured the 2022 Tundra TRD Off-Road powered by the base twin-turbocharged V-6. This Tundra sells for $57,105 compared to the reviewers’ Ford F-150 Raptor, which starts at $64,495.
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro models come with the i-Force Max engine that provides more horsepower and torque than the base engine (and even more torque than the Raptor’s beefiest engine). In other words, a Tundra with the i-Force Max engine should decidedly defeat a Raptor on the drag strip.
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro vs. Ford F-150 Raptor Tremor
The Desert Chase-inspired Tundra has not hit the market yet. And besides the Ram 1500 TRX, the newest Ford Raptor models don’t really have any competitors. But that’s not to say that the 2022 Toyota TRD Pro does not give the Raptor a run for its money in a few critical off-road categories.
Along with being an outstanding overall pickup, the all-new TRD Pro can handle itself with relative ease on less-traveled roads. Let’s see how it competes with the Ford F150 Raptor Tremor.
As discussed, the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro features the impressive i-Force Max twin-turbocharged hybrid engine. A specially tuned 24-valve dual overhead cam V-6 and chain-driven dual VVTi systems power the engine, as well as a motor-generator and clutch in the bell housing. The generator sits between the engine and transmission. Drivers get 437 hp at 5,200 RPM between the two motors to go with 583 lb-ft of torque at just 2,400 revs.
A 288-volt sealed nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery beneath the rear passenger seats and a hybrid Power Control Unit (PCU) control the electric motor-generator. This generator runs in-line to distribute extra power through the transmission whenever the gasoline engine needs it.
Whether driving on the highway, in the city, while towing on or off the beaten path, the hybrid twin-turbocharged engine provides plenty of power that you can feel in your bones. Plus, it sounds incredible.
The Ford F-150 Raptor features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The engine produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. There’s no denying the Raptor is a powerful truck. Both pickups will give you about 14 miles to the gallon.
The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro and 2022 F-150 Raptor Tremor come with 10-speed automatic transmissions. The Tundra’s transmission offers a stunning first gear of 4.92:1 to go with three overdrives. The Raptor’s gearbox also comes with three overdrives and provides a first gear ratio of 4.69:1. Both pickups also do a great job keeping the engine in the power band when drivers are running the throttle hard — whether on- or off-road.
The 2022 TRD Pro comes with 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks and a new five-link suspension in the rear. The system replaces the leaf springs of previous models with 2.5-inch shocks and coil springs. Thanks to the Fox shocks in the front, the new TRD Pro stands 1.1 inches higher off the ground than its non-TRD Pro siblings.
The suspension system was designed to improve both off- and on-road performance. The front and rear shocks have piggyback reservoirs that store extra oil to boost performance on demanding terrain. And the shocks use polytetrafluoroethylene-infused (PTFE) Fox shock fluid, which adds comfort while driving on pavement and other smooth surfaces. This new fluid reduces friction because of its microscopic particles. The new Tundra TRD Pro received other off-road goodies, such as red suspension parts and a TRD Pro front stabilizer bar.
It’s impossible to deny the Ford F-150 Raptor has a stellar suspension system. In fact, it is probably the truck’s most impressive feature. The 2022 Raptor Tremor offers 14 inches of wheel travel in the front and 15 in the rear; the 37-inch tires limit the travel a bit.
The Raptor’s on-point suspension starts with a unique frame and all-new front and rear suspensions for the third generation. Ford replaced the rear leaf springs with a five-link suspension that provides triple-rate coils and massive lower leading arms. The truck also gets new upper and lower control arms, inner CV joints, enhanced ball joints, and an improved steering knuckle. All of these features leave room for more angles while preventing binding at full suspension droop.
Both pickups have outstanding suspension systems. The Tundra’s suspension leaves the vehicle with plenty of off-road capability while allowing for better towing and a more cushy on-road ride. The Raptor’s suspension caters solely to off-road enthusiasts.
Both the 2022 Toyota Tundra Pro and the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Tremor have selectable electronic rear locking differentials. The Tundra offers Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select (MTS), which help the truck keep moving up the trail when losing traction. The Raptor comes with an optional Torsen limited-slip for its front differential and a Terrain Management feature with several directable drive modes (e.g., Sport, Off-Road, Baja, etc.).
The drive modes allow drivers to modify stability control, throttle mapping, transfer case behavior, transmission shift points, and other functions. The Raptor also gets Trail Control, which is essentially an off-road version of cruise control. The vehicle is specifically designed and tuned for optimal off-road performance, but the Tundra can hold its own in low-traction conditions.
The Tundra TRD Pro and Raptor Tremor tires could not be more different. The Tundra comes with 33-inch Falken WildPeak A/T 285/65R18 tires. In most cases, these tires would be considered quite large, but they look relatively small compared to those of the Raptor. Plus, the Tundra’s tires feature a bright orange TRD Pro emblem with tall sides, making them look even smaller.
In contrast, the Raptor comes available with 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. The automaker offers three different wheel options for mounting the beefy tires, two of which can either convert to full beadlocks or function as regular wheels.
Towing capacity between these two pickups is no contest. The Tundra TRD Pro easily wins with a 12,000-lb maximum towing and a payload of 1,940 lbs. The Ford Raptor can tow up to 8,200 lbs when properly equipped and comes with a 1,400-lb payload. If you want to use your truck for work and daily driving, the Tundra TRD Pro is the clear choice.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and the Ford F-150 Raptor Tremor are both outstanding pickup trucks. Your choice will depend on where your priorities lie. Overall, the Tundra offers more than enough recreational goodies, and it’s more versatile than the Raptor.
The Raptor is essentially a 4×4 beast out of the factory, and it comes with a decent warranty for off-road activity. However, the Tundra TRD Pro comes with plenty of features of its own, and it is the better vehicle for use on the job site, towing trailers, and daily commuting.
In other words, the Tundra offers more. If you are interested in seeing what our dealership has on the lot or test driving an all-new Toyota Tundra model, contact Mount Airy Toyota to set it up today! (336) 786-2118