What happens when a supercharged Tundra with a 5.7L V8 putting out more than 500 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque goes up against a Ford Raptor? That was the question we set out to answer when our friends at the Blue Star Auto Group graciously lent us a 2007 Toyota Tundra fitted with a TRD supercharger. This Tundra S/C currently has about 86,000 miles on it.
The Tundra truck was not well-suited for off-road use – we know which truck would win that test, anyway – so we decided to compare the two with a good ole’ fashioned drag race and a 100-mile MPG loop. The MPG test is especially interesting because the stock Tundra is rated by the EPA at 13/17 MPG in the city/highway, and some owners claim the addition of a supercharger actually improves fuel economy. It also does not void the truck’s factory warranty. Extra power, better mileage, and piece of mind… who wouldn’t want that?
All that goodness comes at a price, however. The owner of the Tundra says the supercharger ran about $7,000 including installation at the dealership. After spending a morning with the truck we can say it was money well spent. It’s all a moot point, though, as TRD sadly discontinued the sale of its supercharger last year.
Okay okay, enough about the Tundra. The 2014 Ford Raptor we tested was the official TFL shop truck. It has a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 that makes 411 hp and 434 lb-ft. It currently has around 36,600 miles on it.
So how did the trucks stack up? The MPG results will surprise you!