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Although the Toyota Tundra has been criticized for a variety of flaws, construction workers swear by the vehicle. And although the stereotypical patriotic workers would rather drive an American automobile, the advantages of the Tundra simply outweigh the vehicle’s competitors. Due to the Tundra’s engine power, Ford’s base model doesn’t even compare to that of its competitor, Toyota.
The main competitors in the industry are very similar in price, gas mileage, and overall specifications. The cost for the trucks runs from about $23,455 to $42,455 range depending on if you buy the base model or add any of the variety of upgrades that Toyota has to offer. The full-size trucks aren’t too kind at the pump either, only getting a best of 15mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
According to newcars.com, the average cost to own a Ford F-150 over a five year period is $41,938. This is mostly made up of depreciation, fuel, and auto insurance. The Tundra exceeds the five year average cost of the F-150 by around $2,000. So the question stands, what makes the Tundra worth so much more, especially for construction workers?
One of the Tundra’s main flaws is its poor gas mileage, which is directly related to its enormous engine--a major plus for construction workers who are looking for power. While the Ford F150 only puts out approximately 260 horsepower on its base model, the Tundra can push out a solid 310 horsepower with its base 4.6-liter V-8 engine.