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Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford F-150

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Tacoma

$454
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford F-150

$779
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Tacoma Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 7 for midsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $454 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Tacoma.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford F-150 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 17 for fullsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $779 which means it has higher than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$454
inexpensive
expensive
$779
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.36
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(12)
4
(42)
3
(10)
2
(1)
1
(1)
The Toyota Tacoma ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I've owned Toyota pickups my whole life. Great trucks! That is until I bought a 2008 Tacoma. I usually drive em until they have 250-300 on em. Seemed pretty routine when I traded in my 99 for a n...”
“I've owned Toyota pickups my whole life. Great trucks! That is until I bought a 2008 Tacoma. I ...”
5
(16)
4
(57)
3
(27)
2
(3)
1
(3)
The Ford F-150 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Great service. Employees are very kind and helpful. I would absolutely recommend. ”
“Great service. Employees are very kind and helpful. I would absolutely recommend. ”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Tacoma and Ford F-150 are both pickup trucks, but in two different size classes. The Tacoma is a midsize pickup, while the F-150 is a full-size pickup. Both come with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. 

These two pickup trucks have different engine power choices, as you would expect in different-size trucks. The smaller Tacoma has a standard engine with 159 horsepower, and an optional 278-horsepower engine. The larger F-150 has a 290-horsepower engine standard, with options up to 395 horsepower, including a diesel version.

You will also find major differences between the payload and towing capacities of the Toyota Tacoma and the Ford F-150. The midsize Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds, and has a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds. The full-size F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds, and has a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds. So, the Ford F-150 can tow and haul about twice as much as the Toyota Tacoma.

Also consider the reliability of the two trucks. The Tacoma ranks noticeably better in terms of our findings on reliability and annual cost of repairs.

Making a choice between these two pickup trucks comes down to what your needs are. For everyday, personal transportation of people and things, the Tacoma should do just fine. But if you need extra capacity for cargo and towing, the F-150 will have the extra size and power to do the job for you.

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