2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

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 LD has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Tundra has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Silverado LD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Tundra’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tundra (except SR/TRD Pro) offers optional front and rear parking assist sonar to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Tundra (except SR/TRD Pro)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 LD doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Silverado LD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

Tundra

Silverado LD

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

15

67

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Hip Force

120 lbs.

378 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

36

66

Spine Acceleration

19 G’s

55 G’s

Hip Force

274 lbs.

727 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

682 lbs.

1018 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Toyota Tundra has a better fatality history. The Tundra was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 5.8% lower per vehicle registered than the Silverado LD, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

The Tundra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Silverado LD’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 LD.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Tundra has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Silverado LD.

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 47 points higher than the Silverado LD.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tundra third among large light duty pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Silverado LD isn’t in the top three.

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’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 26 more horsepower (381 vs. 355) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

Tundra

Silverado LD

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

90.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Tundra’s optional fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Silverado LD (38 vs. 26 gallons).

Drivetrain

The Tundra has Active Traction Control, a true four-wheel-drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Tundra moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tundra

Silverado LD

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 inches

The Tundra stops shorter than the Silverado LD:

Tundra

Silverado LD

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 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 LD.

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 LD’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 2.2 inches longer than on the Silverado LD (145.7 inches vs. 143.5 inches).

The Tundra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.5% to 43.5%) than the Silverado LD’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Tundra more stable handling and braking.

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

Tundra

Silverado LD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

46.9 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

44 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.9 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

44 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the Tundra Short Bed CrewMax has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado LD (10.4 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Tundra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Silverado LD (10.6 vs. 8.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Tundra Double Cab has 1.9 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the Silverado LD Double Cab.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Tundra Double Cab Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado LD Double Cab (82.5 vs. 61 cubic feet). The Tundra Double Cab Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Silverado LD Double Cab (66.3 vs. 61 cubic feet).

Towing

The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Silverado LD’s (9800 vs. 9000 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Tundra Platinum/1794, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tundra’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Silverado LD’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Smart Key System optional on the Tundra (except SR) allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Silverado LD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tundra detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Silverado LD 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 only offers heated mirrors on the Silverado LD LT.

When the Tundra Platinum/1794 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Silverado LD’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Tundra’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tundra Platinum/1794 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Tundra and the Silverado LD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tundra offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Tundra’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 LD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Toyota Tundra comes in extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Chevrolet Silverado LD isn’t available as a crew cab.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Silverado LD because it costs $464 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tundra than the Silverado LD, including $101 less for a muffler, $84 less for front brake pads, $83 less for fuel injection, $83 less for a fuel pump, $47 less for front struts and $220 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Tundra, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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