Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra

August 6th, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Buying a full-size pickup truck is a tricky business, especially because of the wide variety of brands, models, cab options, and bed sizes on offer.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Toyota Tundra for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma are two of the best full-size pickup trucks currently available in the market. Both are powerful with high tech features and upscale interiors. Furthermore, they are popular for their massive hauling capacity and towing strength. What’s more, buyers get to choose from a wide variety of customizations to suit their needs.

Let us have a look at how these compare against each other.

Introduction

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a highly popular model of General Motors’ Silverado family of pickup trucks. Although GM has been manufacturing full-size pickup trucks since the 1930s, the first Silverado badge only appeared in 1975. Silverados share the same platform and design with a model from GM’s other company, the GMC Sierra. Although these cousins are identical in many ways, the optional add-ons and style choices separate one vehicle from the other.

As for the Toyota Tundra, it has not had a significant overhaul in over a decade – an eternity in car years. Hence, it lags behind the Silverado in terms of freshness of design and technology.

Exteriors

Comparing the exteriors of a full-size pickup truck is like comparing two books by their covers. What is inside the vehicle is easier to measure. Nevertheless, the Chevy Silverado 1500 features a high-strength steel body that results in excellent durability. The company also offers various customizations for buyers ranging from engine options to boxed frames and cargo beds. This flexibility makes the Silverado 1500 proficient for things like moving packages for home décor, towing other vehicles, taking the kids to school, or taking the boat to the river. One must not judge the vehicle by its seemingly blue-collar design, as the pickup features high-quality leather, snazzy wheels, and various high-tech features. The hood of the truck is made from aluminum, which is also used for the engine block and control arms in order to save weight. The truck’s bed is made of roll-formed steel instead to save weight yet gain strength. Half-ton Silverado models have always been known for their durability. Further, the newer editions have a much-improved finish with richer materials, under-the-rail LED lamps, and precisely fitting interiors.

While the Tundra has not been completely overhauled, the styling has been modestly refreshed for the current year model. Also added to the pickup are new tech features like a driver assist package called Toyota Safety Sense that include forward collision warning, auto high beam control, and adaptive cruise control. The standard cab is not available for the 2018 model year.

Interiors

The third generation Silverado 1500 (2014 onwards) provides excellent space and comfort. Whether the truck is used to drive to a weekday job site or a weekend cabin, it offers convenience in every aspect. The latest variant has an aerodynamic windshield and triple seal inlaid doors to reduce the noise in the cabin and provide a quieter ambiance. The new dual-resilient foam seats have been improved a lot to offer lasting comfort to passengers. In addition, there are plenty of cup holders and USB ports to keep all your devices charged and in place. The steering wheel has mounted controls to manage the available Chevrolet MyLink display, answer phone calls, and switch cruise controls.

The Tundra features a high quality leather and upscale covers on the seats. A poorly fitted trim piece on the steering wheel somewhat takes away the upscale feel of the pickup. Visibility from the front and rear seats are however quite good. In tight parking spaces, the rearview camera comes in handy.

Engine & Performance

The previous generation (2007-2013) half-ton Silverado featured a 4.3L V6 (195 hp), a 4.8L V8 (295-302 hp), a 5.3L V8 (315 hp) and a 6.2L V8 (403 hp). The base V6 and 4.8L V8 came with a four-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the 5.3L and 6.2L V8 had a six-speed automatic.

The current generation of Silverado 1500 has three engine options – a 4.3L V6 (285 hp), a 5.3L V8 (355 hp), and a 6.2L V8 (420 hp).

With rear-wheel drive, the 5.3L V8 six-speed has a fuel efficiency of 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway). With four-wheel drive, you get mileage of 18 mpg combined (16/22). A two-wheel drive Silverado 1500 LT Z71 Crew Cab with the 5.3L V8 and six-speed can go from zero to 60 in an impressive 6.8 seconds!

GM has claimed a fuel efficiency of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on highways for the 4.3L V6. For the 6.2 V8 model, the EPA rating is 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). A four-wheel drive LTZ Z71 Crew Cab can make the 0-60 run in just 5.9 seconds, a blazing time for a truck of this size.

The Tundra’s base V8 engine generates 310 hp while a 381 hp option is also available. The base engine is quite weak so the larger one that is better suited for towing and hauling along with some added acceleration. The problem here is that buyers don’t have an option when it comes to engines, as a V8 is the only one available. In addition, the best mileage the Tundra can offer is 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway – much worse than the Chevrolet Silverado.

Conclusion

On the face of it, both the Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tundra are loaded with practical functions, have powerful engines, and offer good ride quality. However, the Silverado is a better option for buyers interested in function rather than flash. The truck offers plenty of performance and work capacity to suit multiple purposes ranging from daily commuting to long weekend trips. Its trademark durability comes into play when going off-road.

The Silverado also scores more points in power, safety features, tech features, convenience, and design style.

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