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2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra: Which Is Better?

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author photo by Chris O'Neill January 2019

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra sit on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to full-size pickups. The Silverado is all new for the 2019 model year, and comes boasting a variety of engine choices and cab configurations, in addition to a slew of new technology. The 2019 Tundra on the other hand has been on the market now in its current form for more or less 12 model years, and has relied on its perceived dependability and resale value, along with a few small updates, to remain competitive. Nonetheless, both of these vehicles have their place in the full-size truck landscape. Below, we'll compare their main differences to help you understand which one is better for you.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra basic specs

Basic Specs

The all new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is built in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An update all around, the biggest changes to the new Silverado are the addition of much-needed driver-assistance safety features, a new diesel variant and styling that is more differentiated from that of its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra. Trim levels start off with the aptly named "WT" or work truck. From there, buyers can opt for the "Custom" and "LT" trims, either of which offer a 7-in infotainment screen and LED tail lamps. The RST offers LED lights all around, while the LTZ introduces more chrome, perforated leather seats and advanced trailering features. The off-road oriented Trailboss model is offered using either the Custom or the LT trims as its base. At the top of the pile is the luxurious High Country, which is similar to a Sierra Denali, but wears a Chevrolet bowtie instead of the GMC emblem. The High Country offers a unique bronze and chrome grille, 20-in wheels, HID headlights and a power up and down tailgate.

Silverado engines:

4.3-liter V6: 285 horsepower; 305 lb-ft

Miles Per Gallon -- Rear-wheel drive: 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg combined; 4-wheel drive: 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined

2.7-liter Turbo Four Cylinder: 310 hp; 348 lb-ft

MPG -- RWD: 20 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined; 4WD: 19 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined

5.3-liter V8: 355 hp; 383 lb-ft

MPG -- RWD: 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined; 4WD: 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined

6.2-liter V8: 420 hp; 460 lb-ft

MPG -- 4WD: 16 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined

3.0-liter Turbodiesel: 281 hp; 450 lb-ft (expected)

Diesel fuel economy has not yet been released.

The Tundra is built in San Antonio, Texas and offers an older, more conservative design than the competitive new Silverado. Trim levels start off with the base SR model, which is essentially a work truck and only comes with a front bench seat. One level up is the SR5, which adds items like LED headlights and fog lights, a larger infotainment screen and a power sliding rear window, along with available front bucket seats and a proper center console. From there is the Limited trim level, which adds heated and leather seats along with a sunroof and dual zone climate control. Also available on the Limited is the TRD Off-Road package, which is a popular addition for anyone looking to take their Tundra off-road. Luxury offerings consist of the Platinum and the 1974 Editions, both of which offer 20-in wheels along with other luxury touches like high-end leather, ventilated front seats.

Tundra Engines

4.6-liter V8: 310 hp; 327 lb-ft

MPG -- RWD: 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined; 4WD: 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined

5.7-liter V8: 381 hp; 401 lb-ft

MPG -- RWD: 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined; 4WD: 13 mpg city/17 mpg hwy/14 mpg combined

Overall, the Tundra's engines aren't nearly as competitive as the Silverado's, offering less power and worse fuel economy.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra capability

Capability

Configured in its most capable form and fitted with the 6.2-liter V8, the 2019 Silverado is capable of towing up to 12,200 pounds and offers a max payload capacity of 2,100 pounds. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when fitted with its lightest duty engine, the new 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, the Silverado offers a max towing capacity of 7,200 pounds and a max payload of 2,280 pounds.

Fitted with the larger of its two available engines, a 2-wheel drive, extended cab Tundra can tow up to 10,200 pounds and offers a maximum payload capacity of 1,730 pounds. Opt for a 4WD crew cab model and these figures drop slightly, coming in at 9,800 pounds and 1,560 pounds, respectively. For reference, a base model Tundra with the smaller 4.6-liter engine can still pull 6,800 pounds and offers a payload capacity of up to 1,600 pounds.

Overall, the Silverado tows and hauls considerably more than the Tundra while also being far more fuel efficient.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra reliability

Reliability

Reliability shouldn't be a concern with either of these trucks. Despite its aging platform, the Tundra typically sees great resale value given Toyota's reputation for building unbreakable trucks. Both Chevrolet and Toyota offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra interior design and quality

Interior Design & Quality

While the also-new 2019 Ram 1500 has a nicer interior than either of these trucks, the 2019 Silverado's interior is much more modern than that of the Toyota Tundra's. That said, the Tundra offers excellent fit and finish with components that should stand the test of time, which is one of Toyota's hallmarks. Altogether, the new Silverado's interior includes a lot of bulbous and blocky shapes, while the Tundra's employs flat and smooth surfaces. All Silverados use a column shifter, while the Tundra is available with a gear level on the center console.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra space

Space

Up front, the 2019 Silverado offers 43.0 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom. Crew cab models offer 40.1 inches of headroom and 43.4 inches of legroom in the second row.

Front seat Tundra passengers get 39.7 inches of headroom and 42.5 inches of legroom, while backseat passengers get 38.9 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom.

The Silverado offers relatively large beds as well. In short bed configuration, the 2019 Silverado offers 63 cu ft. of space to the Tundra's 55 cu ft., while in standard bed form, the Silverado offers 72 cu ft. to the Tundra's 65 cu ft.

Altogether, the Silverado offers a more efficient use of space than the Tundra.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 Toyota Tundra tech

Tech

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado offers an available 8.0-in infotainment screen running Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which is generally regarded as being one of the better systems on the market. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, as is 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi. The system includes features like a unique trailer assist system.

The Tundra is truly a blast from the past and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in its infotainment system, which is lackluster at best. The largest available screen is a 7.0-in unit, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are nowhere to be found, forcing buyers to rely on Toyota's dated and antiquated Entune system. 4G LTE and any kind of trailer assistance systems are absent.

Safety

The Tundra only manages a score of Marginal in the small front overlap portion of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash testing protocols, likely due to its aging design. Additionally, the Tundra earns just an Acceptable rating in the roof strength test. Despite its shortcomings with regard to crash testing, the Tundra offers an impressive array of active safety features, all standard. Every single 2019 Tundra comes with forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.

The 2019 Silverado has yet to be crash tested. Expect the shortcomings of the outgoing model to be rectified though, although we can't say for sure until official test results have been released. That said, the 2019 Silverado offers available forward-collision warning with front pedestrian braking, front and rear park assist, lane-change alert with side blind zone alert, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, low speed forward automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, a vibrating driver's seat capable of alerting the driver of perceived safety threats and an intricate trailer assist system that includes trailer tire pressure monitoring. While none of this is standard, it does represent a fairly comprehensive offering.

Altogether, depending on trim level, the Silverado is likely a slightly safer vehicle overall, but Chevrolet's reluctance to include even the simplest life saving features, like pedestrian detection, as standard is worth noting.

Autotrader's Advice

Especially now given its most recent redesign, the Silverado is hands-down the more modern and more efficient vehicle in this comparison. With a variety of competent and efficient engines, a modern infotainment system, and now a respectable array of active safety features, the Silverado is set to compete in the full-size truck segment for years to come. The Tundra on the other hand is just plain old. While it does offer a respectable suite of active safety features, its crash test performance leaves something to be desired, and its infotainment system and engine offerings are obsolete at this point. The Tundra isn't terrible, and if you can find a good deal on one, it's worth considering. But here in 2019, the all-new Silverado is simply the better vehicle.

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