It’s been a good year for trucks as automakers are giving customers more variety than ever before. Scale models like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz offer truck utility without the hefty price tags and thirsty engines. They aren’t as capable, but that’s where the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tundra, and Ford Raptor come in. TFLCruck tries to determine the best truck available, and the first competition is a series of drag races.
It’s a whole collection of trucks, and they’re nowhere near equal, but the support makes the competition as fair as it gets. He first opposes the Maverick to Santa Cruz, with the victory of Hyundai. That puts it up against the Nissan Frontier, but its 310 horsepower (231 kilowatt) V6 isn’t enough to outperform the Santa Cruz, which takes its second victory. However, it’s the Tundra that puts the Santa Cruz in its place, with the Toyota taking the top spot, although it wasn’t a wide margin victory.
The final race has the Tundra lined up against the Raptor, through the Raptor sits on beefy 37-inch tires, which could have been his downfall. The Raptor is more powerful, developing 450 hp (335 kW) and 510 lb-ft (691 Newton-meters) of torque compared to the 389 hp (290 kW) and 479 lb-ft (649 Nm) of the Tundra, though he can’t. gain a victory over the Toyota. The Ford lost by a bumper even though it was faster at 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) than the Toyota.
TFLCruck has more videos to come comparing the five trucks in a litany of other tests, like towing and payload capacity. That’s far from a fair comparison – the Santa Cruz and the Raptor are quite different – but they’re all trucks, and not everyone needs 450 hp and big all-terrain tires to tow or to carry. Customers have more choices than ever in trucks, and no one wants to pick the wrong pickup.