2019 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Tundra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Silverado doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Silverado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Tundra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tundra for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Silverado.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tundra’s reliability 46 points higher than the Silverado.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Tundra has more powerful engines than the Silverado:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Tundra 4.6 DOHC V8

310 HP

327 lbs.-ft.

Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8

381 HP

401 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 4.3 V6

285 HP

305 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 2.7 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

348 lbs.-ft.

Silverado 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Tundra 5.7 DOHC V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Tundra

Silverado

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

18.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Silverado LTZ/High Country requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tundra’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 24 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tundra Limited/Platinum/1794/TRD Pro’s standard fuel tank has 10 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank (38 vs. 28 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Tundra’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Silverado:

 

Tundra

Silverado

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.5 inches

The Tundra stops shorter than the Silverado:

 

Tundra

Silverado

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Silverado.

The Tundra has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Silverado Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Tundra TRD Sport has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tundra TRD Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Silverado’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Silverado 1500 Long Bed Regular Cab (145.7 inches vs. 139.56 inches). The Tundra Long Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 7.6 inches longer than on the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (164.6 feet vs. 157 inches).

The Tundra Short Bed Limited CrewMax 4x4 handles at .72 G’s, while the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Silverado Short Bed LT Trail Boss Crew Cab (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tundra’s turning circle is tighter than the Silverado’s:

 

Tundra

Silverado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

46.3 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

44 feet

46.3 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.3 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.3 feet

For greater off-road capability the Tundra has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado Standard Bed Crew Cab (10.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Tundra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Tundra is shorter than the Silverado, making the Tundra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Tundra

Silverado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

228.9 inches

231.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

228.9 inches

231.7 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Tundra Short Bed Platinum CrewMax 4x4 is quieter than the Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 (74 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Tundra Double Cab has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Double Cab.

The Tundra CrewMax has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Silverado Crew Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tundra CrewMax’s rear seats recline. The Silverado’s optional rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Toyota Tundra has a standard Easy Lower and Lift Tailgate, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Silverado.

Both the Tundra and Silverado have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the Tundra also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Ergonomics

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Tundra Limited has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Silverado doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Silverado only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Silverado.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tundra has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Silverado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 53.8% to 78.42% of its original price after five years, while the Silverado only retains 54.98% to 62.61%.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Tundra, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Silverado isn't recommended.

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