Two of this year’s top options in the pickup category were compared yesterday on Motor Trend’s official blog site. The 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch and 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition are special versions of the F-150 and Tundra lines respectively, named after two established Texas ranches. The F-150 King Ranch takes its name from Captain Richard King’s eponymous South Texas ranch which he founded in 1853, while the Tundra 1794 is a tribute to the JLC Ranch, which was founded in San Antonio 1794 by former Texas governor Juan Ignacio de Casanova. While the F-150 has led its class as the most popular pickup for quite some time, Toyota promises to give Ford a bit of a challenge with the new Tundra series, which just debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch derives its connection to the ranch of the same name as the leather used on this F-150 trim’s seats are sourced from the ranch itself. The basic engine is a 360-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 that is capable of 380 lb/ft torque at 4,250 rpm. Buyers, however, can choose two other engines, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 420 lb/ft torque at 2,500 rpm. In Motor Trend’s comparison, the King Ranch emerged on top, still “dominating the market when it comes to the premium truck sector.”
But that’s not to say that the 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition (pictured) is any slouch. If anything, it could come with a more powerful engine under the hood, a 5.7-liter V8 base engine capable of 381 horsepower and 401 lb/ft torque at 3,400 rpm. The 1794 Edition, as well as all other Tundras, are manufactured at a factory near the JLC Ranch, hence the connection with the historic location. Most of the other specifications of the Tundra 1794 Edition are still unknown, but we should know more in the coming weeks or months.