Say what you will about the way the new Tesla Cybertruck looks, but how does it compare against other trucks based on specifications and capabilities? Here are all the most important numbers on how it compares against the Ford F-150 and the upcoming Rivian R1T.
Why compare the Cybertruck against the F-150 and the R1T.
The Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle sold in the United States. It represents the standard for what people look for in a full-size pickup truck.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, mentioned the F-150 in his pickup truck debut presentation several times and even showed a Ford truck being dragged by the Cybertruck in a tug of war.
We reached out to Ford for any comment, and here is what we received from a Ford spokesperson: “With America’s best-selling truck for 42 years, we’ve always focused on serving our truck customers regardless of what others say or do. We look forward to our all-new F-150 hybrid coming next year and all-electric F-150 in a few years.“
We reached out to all major full-size truck manufacturers in the United States – no other company had any further formal comments on the Tesla Cybertruck.
Rivian is a new company with a goal to produce electric vehicles. They are targeting the first sale of the R1T to be at the very end of 2020. Rivian has received several infusions of capital from companies such as Amazon and Ford. Rivian appears to be on track to deliver the vehicles they set out to build, and their truck’s specifications are very close to those of the Cybertruck.
Here is how the numbers stack up.
|Tesla Cybertruck||Ford F-150||Rivian R1T|
|Max Towing:||14,000 lbs||13,200 lbs||11,000 lbs|
|Max Payload:||3,500 lbs||3,270 lbs||TBD|
|Cost to Own/Lease:||$570/mo*||$700/mo*||TBD|
|Driving Range:||250-500 mi||500+ mi||250-400 mi|
|Total Length:||231.7 in||231.9 in||217.1 in|
|Total Width:||79.8 in||79.9 in||79.3 in|
|Approach Angle:||35 deg||30.2 deg**||34 deg|
|Breakover Angle:||TBD||21.8 deg**||25 deg|
|Departure Angle:||28 deg||23.0 deg**||30 deg|
|Ground Clearance:||16 in||11.5 in**||14.1 in|
|Availability:||“late 2021”||now||“late 2020”|
*Estimates by Tesla based on initial vehicle cost, fuel/energy cost, and maintenance costs.
**Ford F-150 Raptor specification.
As you compare all of the specifications, you will notice that these three trucks are sized very close to each other. The Cybertruck and the F-150 are within a fraction of an inch within each other. Most specifications are very close, and the Cybertruck comes out on top in most categories on paper.
We will have to see what this all means in the real world. You can be sure that we will be testing the Rivian and all the other new trucks as soon as they come out.