• 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 vs Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: Off-Road Comparison [Video]

    2015 ford f150 fx4 toyota tundra trd pro rocky mountain off-road trail comparison review
    2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro v. 2015 Ford F-150 FX4

    Pickup trucks are always competing to be king of the mountain and crowing about their latest tow ratings, payload ratings, bed size , and crew capacity. Off-road capabilities usually aren’t at the top of the manufacturer’s list of “can-dos”, but it is certainly a serious consideration to anyone who uses a truck for more than carting home patio furniture from Home Depot.

    In previous years, the FX4 package was more of an appearance package over increasing trail capability. Enter the 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 trim package that is targeted towards serving as a true off-road performance package. Key components of the 2015 FX4 package include Hill Descent Control, an electronic locking rear axle, off-road tuned shock absorbers and underbody skid plates – a set of features that help make any 4×4 F-150 more capable on any off-road trail or under extreme weather conditions.


    The FX4 off-road package can be added to most 4-wheel drive F-150 models (dealer code 55A).

    2015 Ford F-150 Specs:

    • Engine: 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6
    • Power: 365 hp @ 5000 rpm
    • Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
    • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
    • MSRP price as tested: $61,675

    FX4 Specs:

    • Hill descent control
    • Electronic locking rear axle
    • Off-road tune shock absorbers
    • Underbody skid plates


    The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is built to go exploring wherever you heart desires. Be ready to tackle demanding, off-road terrain by choosing to roll in the TRD Pro line up of vehicles from Toyota. This package, back by the manufacturer’s warranty is being offered on the Tundra, Tacoma, and the 4Runner sets up these trucks to be trail-ready right out of the box.

    For the Tundra, the key upgrades start with the suspension, as 2.5-inch remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks with TRD-tuned Eibach springs are fitted up front to offer considerably improved off-road performance, as well as provide an additional 2 inches of lift for added clearance. The Bilstein monotube shocks feature a 60mm piston that is significantly larger than the 46mm pistons found in the OE shock. The new Bilsteins also offer three-stage position-sensitive valving to help soak up the ever-changing off-road terrain. Out back, TRD fits the rear suspension with the same 2.5-inch remote-reservoir Bilstieins to help compliment the TRD off-road leaf springs.

    2015 Toyota Tundra Specs:

    • Engine: 5.7L V8
    • Power: 381 hp
    • Torque: 401 lb-ft
    • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
    • MSRP price as tested: $46,259

    TRD Pro Specs:

    • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs that enable additional wheel travel (front=1.4 inches, rear 1.5 inches)
    • TRD-tuned front springs
    • TRD front skid plate
    • TRD-tuned springs with 2-inches of front lift
    • 18-inch all black TRD alloy wheels with Michelin off-road tires designed specifically for the Tundra
    • TRD dual exhaust system
    • TRD Pro quarter panel bed stamping
    • Unique front grille with TOYOTA badging
    • Unique TRD Pro instrument panel ornament insert
    • TRD floor mats
    • TRD shift knobs

    The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Tundra TRD Pro will range from $41,285 for the Double Cab with a 5.7-liter V8 and 6-speed automatic transmission to $43,900 for the CrewMax V8 with a 6-speed automatic.

    Watch Andre and Emme work out their differences after taking the F-150 FX4 and Tundra TRD Pro for a Colorado off-road excursion.

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    20 thoughts on “2015 Ford F-150 FX4 vs Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: Off-Road Comparison [Video]

    1. description in article says special Michelin tires for the TRD PRO but in the video Emme was bragging about having BFG AT KO’s. This isnt the first TRD PRO review that has different tires in the testing than what is listed as the standard production tire. What gives?

      1. If you watch the video you can see it has BFG tires. Im pretty sure they come with the Michelin tires though.

    2. Manufacturer specs list Michelins as the factory-spec tire.It isn’t uncommon for the trucks on loan to us to be outfitted with something different, especially when off-road capability is being tested.

    3. Why review trucks, when it already starts out “biased” for the ford. Was not quite a good comparison imo.

    4. Look at the MSRP difference between the two, ford is really proud of these trucks I own a 2011 F150 and the prices was was alot less. I would expect a 3/4- 1 ton at these prices.

    5. $61k and no sunroof. Still a beauty. Toyota is more capable due to the tires and lift.

    6. To be honest I think the new F150 is an nice looking truck, but I can’t understand the pricing relative to the competition. I don’t think Ford will have trouble selling them, but to sell in the numbers that we are used to them selling is going to be challenging, unless a winning lottery ticket becomes a standard option…

    7. I can’t see paying the premium for the Ford when it really doesn’t offer anything extra for it. the Gas mileage isn’t any better and it doesn’t drive or ride all that great.

      1. Ford offers the Eco Boost engine, which is a superior engine in terms of performance if not soundtrack or fuel economy.

    8. Is the F150 in the video a 2016? I ask as its a King Ranch but does not have the obnoxious giant metal king Ranch emblem covering the tail gate.

    9. Is the F150 in the video a 2016 model? Only reason I ask is it’s a king ranch and it does not have the obnoxious tail gate badge I’ve seen on all the other king ranch models. I’m looking to switch from my 07 Crewmax Tundra to a F150 for the MPG savings.

      1. The F-150 King Ranch used in the video is a 2015 model.

        There are 5 distinct F-150 models and 4 engine choices. Starting MSRP for the XL is $26,030, the pick of the litter is the Platinum with an MSRP of $51,585. Checking off those optional packages can really add up quickly. Hence, the lofty price tag for the King Ranch model.

    10. When are we going to see tests with the 5.0. We haven’t all drunken the turbo kool aid. No Ike Guantlet, no comparisons yet this is the engine choice of most consumers. Is the 5.0 so pathetic that Ford wont send one to a comparison or are they pushing the turbo because they have to pay for R&D?

      1. We have asked Ford for a 5.0-liter F-150 countless times, but no dice. We will try to get one for future testing, but it will be difficult. If any of our Colorado viewers have a 5.0L 2015 or 2016 F-150 and are willing to let us take it up the Ike Gauntlet, then it’s game on!

        Andre – TFLtruck.com

    11. Hey you guys videos are awesome!!! Anyway that you guys could make TUNDRA TRD PRO VS RAPTOR VIDEO? That would be awesome!! And a 4runner TRD PRO VS WRANGLER RUBICON?? Thanks guys and keep it coming.

    12. Has this guy ever driven on a gravel road before this video let alone driven over a bump before? Why are you driving a King Ranch on this trail when the XL has the available FX4 package. Spend $550 and put some real “all terrain” tires on there. It just blows my mind you would compare a stock F-150 to this off road Tundra.

      1. TFLtruck tests the trucks that we can get from the press fleet. The FX4 package is the most off-road ready package for the current 2015/2016 Ford F-150. Yes, we did not want the high-end King Ranch for this off-road comparison, but we did not have a choice.

        We are just having fun with trucks off-road. Isn’t that what we all want to do?

        Andre – TFLtruck.com

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