The Chevrolet Silverado was refreshed for 2019
The Toyota Tundra has been on sale largely unchanged since the 2007 model year.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado offers an available diesel engine.
While they’re both full-size trucks capable of tackling a variety of jobs, the Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra are actually quite different. The Silverado was redesigned for 2019 and was made to appeal to every corner of the full-size truck market, from the basic work truck all the way up to luxury status with the High Country trim, which carries a pricetag over $70,000.
The Tundra, on the other hand, has been on sale without a major redesign since 2007, and it’s targeted more at the center of the market. It doesn’t offer a basic work-truck trim, nor does it offer a competitor to the Silverado’s top-of-the-line High Country trim. Altogether, in 2019, close to 586,000 Silverados were sold compared to only 118,000 Tundras. Needless to say, these trucks are a little different from one another and have differing appeals across the pickup truck market — but they’re both still viable options in 2020, so below we’ll compare the two across a number of categories to help you determine which one might be better for your needs.
Chevrolet took a bit of a risk in designing the updated Silverado. Up front, the Silverado wears narrow headlights bisected by the vehicle’s grill. Depending on the trim level, certain Silverados wear Chevrolet’s classic bowtie emblem, while others spell out "Chevrolet" across the front. To help with visibility, the Silverado’s sideview mirrors are attached to the door rather than the vehicle’s A-pillar. Around back, the Silverado gets a stamped tailgate that spells out "Chevrolet." See the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado models for sale near you
The Tundra wears a sporty yet dated design, given that it was last all-new for the 2007 model year. All-around, the Tundra appears bulky and rather brutish. Up front, you’ll find chiseled headlights and a large trapezoidal-shaped grille. A narrow vent sits at the top of the grille for a faux-hood scoop effect. TRD-Pro models bear the "Toyota" wordmark across their grilles and come with a second fake hood scoop positioned in a more traditional location at the center of the hood. Beyond this, though, there’s really not much to note about the Tundra’s exterior design. While the Silverado is offered in regular, extended and crew-cab bodystyles, the Tundra is only available as an extended cab or crew cab. See the 2020 Toyota Tundra models for sale near you
Neither of these vehicles has a particularly nice interior. While the Silverado was technically fully redesigned for 2019, its interior is largely carried over from that of the previous-generation truck, and it’s dominated by low-quality hard plastics, even in the top-spec High Country trim. A 7-in infotainment screen comes standard, while an 8-in screen is offered on middle and upper trims. Every Silverado gets a column shifter.
The Tundra’s interior is pretty dated due to the 14 years that have now passed since the vehicle’s last full redesign. While it wears a blocky and durable design, it is overall more carlike than what you find in the Silverado, and the build quality is far beyond that of the Chevrolet. New for 2020 is a standard 8-in infotainment screen. The Tundra can be had with either a column shifter or a console-mounted gear level, which is standard on upper trims — all of which come with front bucket seats. Both vehicles have a massive center-console storage box and some other clever storage solutions spread throughout their cabins.
The Silverado is offered with a variety of different engines, while the Tundra is offered with just one for 2020. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve outlined the vehicles’ engine offerings below.
- 4.3-liter V6: 285 horsepower, 305 lb-ft of torque, rear-wheel drive: 16 miles per gallon in the city/21 mpg on the highway/17 mpg in combined driving; all-wheel drive: 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined
- 2.7-liter Turbo 4-Cylinder: 310 hp, 348 lb-ft of torque, RWD: 20 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined; AWD: 19 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined
- 5.3-liter V8: 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque, RWD: 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined; AWD: 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined
- 6.2-liter V8: 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque, AWD: 16 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined
- 3.0-liter Turbo Diesel: 277 hp; 460 lb-ft of torque (rumored), RWD: 23 mpg city/33 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined; AWD: 23 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined
- 5.7-liter V8: 381 hp, 401 lb-ft of torque, RWD: 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined; AWD: 13 mpg city/17 mpg hwy/14 mpg combined
Overall, the Tundra’s engine isn’t nearly as competitive as the Silverado’s options, which offer more power and better fuel economy. While Toyota’s 5.7-liter V8 is proven and reliable, it has been offered since the vehicle was last redesigned in 2007, and it’s arguably the Tundra’s biggest weak point. The powertrains offered in the 2020 Silverado come paired with a 6-, 8- or 10-speed automatic transmission, and the Tundra’s lone engine option comes with a 6-speed automatic.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is available with either a 7- or 8-in infotainment screen running Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which is intuitive and easy to use. 4G LTE connectivity, which allows the vehicle to act as a wi-fi hotspot, is available by subscription. Optional on the Silverado for 2020 is the same trailering camera system introduced on the new Silverado HD, which uses up to eight individual cameras to offer a number of viewing angles that should make trailering a much more relaxed affair. Furthermore, the Silverado is available with steps integrated into its bed corners and a class-exclusive power up/down tailgate.
Because it’s currently the oldest full-size pickup on the market, the Tundra doesn’t offer much in the way of clever features. It does gain a new 8-in infotainment screen for 2020 that comes standard and includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility — a long overdue addition. Passive keyless entry and push-button start are also new additions for 2020.
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the redesigned Silverado earned generally good marks, except for a "Marginal" in the new passenger-side small front overlap test, which is a little disheartening given that the vehicle is supposedly an all-new design. It’s still better than the Tundra, which earns a "Marginal" in the driver-side small front overlap test, a "Poor" in the passenger-side small front overlap test, and an "Acceptable" for roof strength. While both of these trucks comply with all federal regulations and are easily safer than any of the trucks on sale a decade ago, they come in slightly behind offerings from Ford, Ram and Nissan in the market today from a crashworthiness standpoint.
Both vehicles offer good arrays of active safety tech, but only the Tundra’s offerings are standard. Every Tundra comes with automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is either optional or standard on most trims.
While none of this is standard on the Silverado, the vehicle can be had with forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Radar cruise control, which was unavailable in 2019, is now available for 2020.
Despite its aging platform, the Tundra typically sees great resale value given Toyota’s reputation for building unbreakable trucks. GM doesn’t have quite as bulletproof a reputation for quality, but their trucks are generally about as dependable as offerings from Ford and Ram. Both Chevrolet and Toyota offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Silverado offers a wider variety of trim levels and configurations than the Tundra, and it also has a lower base price and a higher fully loaded price. A base single-cab Silverado in the work-truck grade starts around $30,000, while a fully loaded High Country model will exceed $70,000. The Tundra no longer offers a single-cab option. Base SR models, which come with more standard features than a basic work truck, are offered with an extended-cab configuration and start at about $35,000. A loaded Tundra in either the TRD Pro or Platinum trim will top out at a little over $54,000.
Neither of these vehicles is segment-leading — that honor goes to either the top-selling Ford F-150 or the surprisingly luxurious Ram 1500, which, like the Silverado, was redesigned for 2019. That said, the Silverado and Tundra will appeal to different buyers. Silverado buyers will likely be drawn to the truck’s variety of engine choices, more modern design and wider array of available features and trim levels. Those interested in the Tundra will likely appreciate its reputation for bulletproof reliability, its higher-quality interior and the sporty off-road demeanor of the available TRD Pro trim. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale or Find a Toyota Tundra for sale