2020 Toyota Tundra vs. 2019 GMC Sierra Limited

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 GMC Sierra Limited has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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

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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tundra and the Sierra Limited 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, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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 GMC Sierra Limited:

Tundra

Sierra Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

15

68

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Hip Force

120 lbs.

269 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

36

78

Spine Acceleration

19 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

274 lbs.

516 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

682 lbs.

971 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 Sierra Limited, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

The Tundra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra Limited’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. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Sierra Limited.

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 Sierra Limited.

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 Sierra Limited.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. GMC is ranked 25th.

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 Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra is faster than the GMC Sierra Limited:

Tundra

Sierra Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Tundra’s optional fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra Limited (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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited:

Tundra

Sierra Limited

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 inches

The Tundra stops shorter than the Sierra Limited:

Tundra

Sierra Limited

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 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 Sierra Limited.

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 Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited (145.7 inches vs. 143.5 inches).

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (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 Sierra Limited’s:

Tundra

Sierra Limited

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 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra Limited (10.4 vs. 9.1 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 1.5 inches higher than on the Sierra Limited (10.6 vs. 9.1 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 Sierra Limited Double Cab.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

The Tundra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sierra Limited’s (9800 vs. 9200 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Tundra’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Sierra Limited’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 GMC Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Sierra Limited 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. GMC only offers heated mirrors on the Sierra Limited SLE.

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 Sierra Limited’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 Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Tundra has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Tundra and the Sierra Limited 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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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

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