Tesla Cybertruck vs 2020 Ford F-150 (all models) comparison

This is probably the most important comparison for Cybertruck as Ford F series is the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle since 1986 in the US and now in Canada as well. It has been in continuous production for over 70 years.

Ford generates over $40 billion revenue from this brand per annum, which makes it more valuable than Nike, Coca Cola and even Mcdonalds. So, does Tesla Cybertruck stand a chance against this legendary truck? Lets find out.

Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F-150

Parameters

The figures used in charts come directly from automaker specifications, in case if third party source is used, it will be mentioned. In case if there are multiple figures for a variant due to additional options like RegularCab, SuperCab and SuperCrew body types for Ford-F150, then the best figures or top of the line trim will be used. Due to long names of variants, particularly for Ford, we are going to use following short names in the comparison charts.


Ford F-150 short names

2.7L EcoBoost V6Ford F150 – 2.7L
3.0L Power Stroke V6Ford F150 – 3.0L
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 FFVFord F150 – 3.3L
3.5L EcoBoost V6Ford F150 – 3.5L
High Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6Ford F150 – 3.5L-HO
5.0L Ti-VCT V8Ford F150 – 5.0L

Tesla Cybertruck short names

Single Motor rear wheel driveCybertruck Single
Dual Motor all wheel driveCybertruck Dual
Triple Motor all wheel driveCybertruck Tri

Horsepower

Unsurprisingly, Cybertruck triple motor version deliver 800 horsepower, twice the highest variant of F-150. Tesla did not reveal horsepower figures for Single and Dual version though. Ford-150 3.5L High Output delivers 450 hp at 5,000 rpm. 5.0L delivers 395 @ 5,750 rpm, 3.5L delivers 375 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2.7L delivers 325 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 3.3L delivers 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm and in the end 3.0L offers 250 horsepower @3,250 rpm.

Torque (lb-ft)

Tesla Cybertruck highest variant Triple Motor delivers 1,000 pound feet of torque which is double the highest Ford F150 3.5L High Output variant producing 510 lb-ft torque @ 3,500 rpm. For other F-150 versions, 3.5L delivers 470 lb-ft torque @ 3,500 rpm, 3.0L gives 440 lb-ft torque @ 1,750 rpm, 2.7L gives 400 lb-ft torque @2,750 rpm, 5.0L delivers 400 lb-ft torque @ 4,500 rpm and finally 3.3L delivers 265 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm.

0-60 mph

Ford does not provide official naught to 60 mph figures for any version of its pick-up truck. Only authentic 3rd party 0-60 test we could find was from Motor1 which is for F-150 High Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in a Limited edition. It is F-150’s most expensive trim with highest engine performance, so its fair to compare just this one to Cybertruck.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (grams/mile)

You might think its foolish, but its important to mention this comparison here. This is why we need EVs, but thanks to Elon Musk, people now want EVs purely for performance and technology. James May from The Grand Tour (ex Top Gear) recently bought a Model S and he mentioned on a youtube video that he did not buy it to be ‘green’, he bought it because he was interested in the technology.

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

Triple motor Cybertruck offers the highest towing capacity of 14,000 lbs among all Ford F-150 models. In second spot F-150 3.5L High Output with 13,200 lbs maximum towing capacity, then 3.5L at 12,000 lbs, 3.0L at 11,400 lbs, 5.0L at 11,300 lbs, then Cybertruck Dual at 10,000 lbs, Ford’s 2.7L at 8,500 lbs, then Cybertruck Single at 7,500 and Ford’s 3.3L at 7,400 lbs.


Payload Capacity (lbs.)

Cybertruck has highest payload capacity at 3,500 lbs, after that F-150’s 5.0L with 3,270 lbs, then 3.5L High Output with 3,230 lbs, then 3.5L with 2,610 lbs, then 2.7L with 2,470 lbs, then 3.3L with 1,990 lbs and in the end 3.0L with 1,940 pounds payload capacity.

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

All Tesla Cybertruck models have 100 cubic feet of external storage space. For Ford-150, there are three body types 5.5 feet Styleside, 6.5 feet Styleside and 8.0 feet Styleside with cargo capacity of 53 cu-ft, 62 cu-ft and 77 cu-ft respectively.

Storage Bed Length (in.)

Bed length for Ford is 67″, 79″ and 98″ for 5.5′, 6.5′ and 8.0′ versions respectively, while all Cybertruck models have 78″ length.

Vehicle Overall Length (in.)

Ford F-150 is a slightly longer vehicle with 243.7 inches length for its 6.5 feet model, and 231.9 inches for 5.5 feet model. Tesla has 231.7″ length.

Vehicle Overall Width (in.)

All Ford F-150 models have 79.9 inches of width excluding side-mirrors. Cybertruck is almost the same with 79.8 inches.

Ground Clearance (inches)

There is clear large difference over here. Cybertruck has jaw dropping 16 inches of maximum ground clearance which can be lowered as it features adaptive air suspension. Ford has 4 different models with 8.4″ to 9.4″ ground clearance.

Angle of Approach ( ° )

All Cybertruck versions have 35° of approach angle, while for F-150 it varies from 23.8° to 25.5°.

Angle of Departure ( ° )

All three Cybertruck versions have departure angle of 28°, while F-150 varies from 23.8° to 26.4° for different models which you can see in the following chart.

Price (US Dollars)

Ford is definitely economical here with its base XL version starting from $28,495, then XLT at $34,510, Lariat at $42,500, King Ranch at $52,740, Raptor at $53,205, Platinum at $55,270 and its highest variant Limited edition start from $67,485. Tesla Cybertruck starts at $39,900 with its base model which has single motor, next is dual motor at $49,900 and finally the most expensive of all, triple motor version at $69,900. But considering its the fastest truck in the world and the fact that you won’t be burning money on gas after purchase, it really isn’t a bad deal.

Cybertruck is packed with features like Tesla’s famous Autopilot system, transparent roof, armor glass, long 500 miles battery range, 17 inch infotainment screen, adaptive air suspension and many more. Regardless of its performance and features, Cybertruck’s unique design is a breath of fresh air and also a peek into the future. People who grew up in the 80s and 90s expected these kind of vehicles in 2020s. Enough of old-school boring pick-up trucks, its time to embrace the future.

Contact the author: gabrielfleming@wheelsjoint.com


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3 months ago

Too bad it will be generations before electric trucks are up to the task of towing non-local distances. Numbers are great, until you realize small travel trailers cut your mileage in half or more. Can put in a full day of towing a trailer on a single tank with the 3.5eco w/35gal tank.

Curb weight of the C-truck falls between the F150 and 250. The F250 Superduty is available with 4300lb payload, 22,800 tow, and 1050lb-ft of torque. Like the myriad of Tesla Vs other performance vehicle torque charts reveal, the 6.7L turbo will generate more torque at speeds over 50mph than the tri-motor. That’s kind of important for people that actually use their trucks to do truck things.

Superior cargo capacity… Tesla is acting like bed shells don’t exist.

Cybertruck has a lot of neat tech that makes it a great vehicle, but it will be a long time before we’re making the trip from the east coast to Moab, or pulling that 35ft travel trailer through the Cascades in one.

Would like to see Tesla tackle a mid-size iteration. The whole point of going electric has been to reduce pollution and energy consumption. Wouldn’t it make sense that the bulk of electric vehicle buyers would want a more energy efficient, smaller truck?