With the recent unveiling of the brand new Ford F150 and the impending unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, you may find yourself torn between which one is best for you. With record numbers of pre-orders already on the book for the Cybertruck, it would appear that Ford has its work cut out for it. Comparing the two is actually quite a bit of fun.
The Tesla Cybertruck has been designed to be the strongest and toughest passenger truck ever made from the ground up. For its part, the Ford F150 combines all of the features that have made it the most popular truck in America with the added benefit of having an electric version.
When comparing these two powerful trucks, there are many things to take into consideration. One of them is obviously the design, since this is probably the biggest difference between the two. There are also technology and performance upgrades made to each that you will want to know about. Continue reading to learn how the Cybertruck compares to the Ford F150.
What Do the Cybertruck and F150 Have in Common?
The first thing you will notice about both the Ford F150 and the Tesla Cybertruck is how strong they are. These are designed to double as work trucks. No matter where you need to go or what you need to haul along with you, these trucks are designed to make it happen. They both have tremendous payload capability and can easily go off-road when you need them to.
If you like variety, you are going to appreciate the fact that the new model of the Ford F150 will come in several different trim levels. There are optional packages that can be purchased for each. While the Cybertruck will offer different numbers of motors on each model, there are no trim levels built into its design at this time. This could change by the time it goes to production.
You generally do not think of speed when it comes to a truck, but the Cybertruck kind of bucks that trend. While the Ford F150 will lag a bit out of the starting gate, the Cybertruck is designed to go quite fast. In fact, one test has it beating a Porsche 911 in a quarter lap sprint. Both trucks did very well as far as toughness goes, although the Cybertruck did outlast the F150 in a pulling contest.
In the end, you will need to take the time to compare the various features of each truck to determine if one is more rugged and practical than the other. With both trucks having a stellar suspension system, you will find that they are more comfortable off-road than other vehicles in this class. Here is a comparison of some of the features of each.
Unveiling the Ford F150
When it comes to recognizable and trustworthy trucks on the market today, the Ford F150 has to rank up there near the top. It has been a top seller for decades, meaning that it has many loyal drivers out there. Ford also continually enhances the F150 with new upgrades as technology allows. That is what allows it to compete with the soon to be unveiled Cybertruck.
The F150 continues to be a practical truck that can easily double as a family vehicle. The interior is spacious, the seats are comfortable, and the suspension makes it feel as if you are gliding over rough terrain. The Cybertruck may not be able to make those claims. The following characteristics highlight why so many people continue to turn to the Ford F150.
Engine Options on the Ford F150
In addition to the electric model that has now gone into production, the F150 combustible gas models come with several different engine options. These include:
- 3.3 Liter V6
- Twin-Turbo 2.7 liter Eco Boost V6
- 5.0 Liter V8
- Twin-Turbo 3.5 Liter V6
- 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6
- 3.0 Liter Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel V6
- 3.5 Liter PowerBoost Full-Hybrid V6
As you can tell, there is an engine type available on the Ford F150 for just about every transportation need imaginable. All of these versions are designed with a ten-speed automatic transmission that is reviewed to be smoother shifting any other truck in its class. The truck can also be further configured as either a rear-drive or four wheel drive vehicle.
The Interior Design of the Ford F150
You will find that you can seat anywhere between three and six people inside the Ford F150 depending on which trim level you choose. While the Cybertruck really cannot be customized any further than it already is, the same cannot be said of the F150. This is why you can tailor the cab for your exact needs.
There are also three different cab configurations available on the F150. These are the:
The choice will impact how much room you have on the inside and how many people can comfortably fit inside. Because it is so spacious, F150 owners also have the choice between an eight and twelve-inch touchscreen display that serves as the communication and entertainment hub of the truck.
There is also quite a bit of added technology on the inside of the F150 that does not appear to be incorporated into the design of the Tesla Cybertruck. This includes the following:
- Ford Pass Connect
- SYNC 4
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Ford Plus Alexa
- Ford and Waze
All of this technology integrates into the truck to create a more comfortable and entertaining ride in the Ford F150.
The Exterior Design of the Ford F150
The exterior of the F150 is another area that differs somewhat from the Tesla Cybertruck. Depending on the model, the F150 is between 209 and 251 inches long. That compares with the latest prototype of the Cybertruck that brings it in at 231.7 inches.
You will also notice a difference in weight between the two trucks. For the Ford F150, you are looking at between 4,069 and 5,697 pounds. Being all-electric, the Cybertruck will come in a much heavier 8,500 to 10,000 pounds. In addition, the Ford F-150 has three size options for its bed:
- 5.5 Feet
- 6.6 Feet
- 8.0 Feet
At this time, the Cybertruck only has an available 6.4 feet cargo bed. The Ford F-150 can be configured to meet just about any need. If you need a long bed and more space on the interior, you can easily get that with the added weight and length that certain trim levels have to offer.
Pricing Points for the Ford F-150
As far as pricing goes, the F150 continues to be priced quite favorably. The price you pay will naturally depend on the trim you choose and what options you select. However, the base model of the F-150 is less than $29,000. You can compare that to the $39,000 price tag for the one motor version of the Cybertruck and decide for yourself which truck is more affordable for your needs.
How Safe is the Ford F-150?
Ford vehicles have consistently rated high in terms of safety for the past few decades. Its new F-150 is no exception to that general rule. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 is an entire suite of technological safety features that are now included with all F-150 trucks. That will allow it to compare favorably to the Cybertruck, which we will get to in a bit.
In addition to driving a truck that is built to hold up well in the event of a collision, drivers also benefit from the following technological features designed to keep them safe:
- A forward-collision warning system
- A pedestrian detection system
- The ability to automatically brake in an emergency
- Lane-keeping assistance
- Monitoring of your blind spot
- A rear cross-traffic alert system
- Turning on and off high beams automatically
- An adaptive cruise control system
Many of the features will actually engage automatically. An array of sensors installed throughout the F-150 enable the system to continually monitor the surrounding area for potential threats. When one is encountered, the Ford Co-Pilot 360 will instantly go into action on behalf of the driver to keep him or her safe.
Many of the same features will be available on the Tesla Cybertruck via a similar system. However, they come at an additional cost. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 comes standard in all Ford F-150 models.
Introducing the Tesla Cybertruck
In a way, it is difficult to draw comparisons between the Cybertruck and the Ford F-150 because the former has not actually gone into production yet. However, there are many things that are not known about this truck that have caused so much excitement that thousands around the country have already reserved one. Here are some key features you will want to know about.
A Quick Overview of the Cybertruck
The Cybertruck has an unmistakenly futuristic design to it. In addition to being all-electric, it is built unlike any other truck that has ever hit the market. For drivers who love to be noticed on the road, this is definitely the vehicle that is going to accomplish that. In terms of unique design, it has the Ford F-150 beat.
If you look at the Cybertruck, you will notice that the corners are not rounded at all. There are not even any noticeable aerodynamic lines. Instead, there are a series of sharp edges and clearly defined angles that form the CenterPoint of its design. With an impressive range of 500 miles per charge and a towing capability in excess of 14,000 pounds, there is a lot to get excited about.
The Engine and Performance of the Cybertruck
Since there is no engine on the Cybertruck, it is difficult to draw comparisons with the F-150 in this area. However, you can have between one and three motors installed on your Cybertruck. This gives you some flexibility in terms of how powerful your vehicle is, which allows it to compete nicely with the F-150 in that arena.
It has been revealed that the one motor model of the Cybertruck will be rear-wheel drive. However, the two and three motor models will be all wheel drive, giving the truck even more power on the whole. The three motor version of the Cybertruck can go from 0 to 60 mph in just under three seconds. This is much faster than any other truck on the road today.
There is no way to judge the horsepower on the Cybertruck just yet, but we do know that it will increase substantially with each motor that is added into the mix. With more motors, the range is also increased. This will improve the efficiency of the truck and allow it to travel much longer on each charge than you get on a tank of gasoline with the F-150.
Towing and Payload Capability of the Cybertruck
Even the single motor Cybertruck will allow you to tow about 7,500 pounds of cargo. While that is not quite as much as the F-15, it increases to just over 14,000 pounds of towing capacity for the three-motor version (10,000 pounds is the towing capacity for the two-motor Cybertruck). You can also carry 3,500 pounds in the cargo bay compared to just over 3,000 for the F-150.
The Unique Exterior of the Cybertruck
There is perhaps no other way to describe the exterior of the Cybertruck than to call it one of a kind. There is no other truck that has ever been built this way before. It looks like something that came from another planet, but perhaps that was the intent. The sharp edges and flat angles make the truck stand out on the road, while one giant strip signifies the lighting system.
The uniqueness of the Cybertruck continues to be reflected by the fact that the prototype does not even have any visible side mirrors. This may change by the time it goes into production, but for now, this speaks to just how special this truck will be for its driver. The wheel fenders are also much chunkier in comparison to the F-150, increasing its off-road drivability.
The absence of a crumple zone is something that is unique to the Cybertruck as well. Some might worry that this compromises safety in the event of an accident because there will be no way to absorb the energy from such an impact. Still, we will have to wait for safety crash tests to make that determination. We do know that the Cybertruck is much less likly to roll over than other trucks in its class.
Finally, one has to talk about the exoskeleton that forms a major part of the exterior. The steel is so hard because it has been hard-pressed 30 times. This means that it is able to withstand much more impact than the F-150 could. Tests have shown a sledgehammer being taken to it with no impact. In addition, the glass is bullet and shatterproof.
Introduction the Cybertruck Interior
From the pictures we have of the prototype, it does not appear that the Cybertruck is going to be very comfortable. The cab is quite sparse and does have much in the way of amenities. This pales in comparison to the Ford F-150. While Tesla advertises room for six, it is hard to see more than four people being comfortable inside the Cybertruck.
This would lead most people to view the Cybertruck as a vehicle more suited for work than as a form of transportation for the family. However, the massive 17-inch display screen that forms the centerpiece of the dash warrants a special mention. This is what Tesla has developed a name for. There is so much that this system can do, increasing the fun factor when it comes to driving the truck.
The interior has plenty of room. This bodes well for taller passengers. The top also rolls down as needed, which is a handy feature given the sharped angled nature of the roof. However, the seats do not look very comfortable. The middle passengers will find no headrest and not much padding to greet them.
How About Storage Space?
In deference to the Ford F-150, which has three different bed sizes to choose from, the Tesla Cybertruck only has a 6.4 foot cargo bay. However, that packs a powerful punch. It is designed to have 100 cubic feet of exterior storage space. Coming standard with the bed on every Cybertruck is the following:
- Siling pillars
- Lockable storage units
This allows for many personal items to be stored outside the cab, giving passengers much needed space. The original Cybertruck was slated to be even bigger, but the new design makes it the perfect size to fit in a garage.
Taking the time to compare both of these trucks allows you to see the various benefits of each. You will realize that new technology has revolutionized the way many people approach driving a full-size truck. The F150 is available now, while the Cybertruck should enter production soon. Get ready to enjoy the electric truck of the future.