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2020 Tundra vs. Silverado 1500 Comparison

The 2020 Toyota Tundra entered the market in 2019. The 2020 Silverado 1500 also launched in 2019. The Toyota Tundra is assembled in America at the Toyota location in San Antonio, Texas. When it comes to price, the starting MSRPs of the Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab and the Silverado 1500 WT 2WD Double Cab are similar. However, while the Silverado 1500 starts at $33,795 MSRP, the Tundra is slightly more affordable starting at $33,575 MSRP.

In this head to head, we'll compare important categories like safety, performance, and reliability. We'll also look at fuel economy and connectivity features including Amazon Alexa, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay® integration.

Published Date: 01/24/2020

Family sitting in the back of the 2020 Tundra

Safety

  • The Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and the Silverado 1500 does have some comparable features, but they don’t come standard on the lower grades.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, a TSS-P comparable feature, is only available as an upgrade on the 2020 Silverado 1500’s top two grades ($44,595 starting MSRP).

Every 2020 Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features. The 2020 Silverado 1500 offers some features comparable to the TSS-P® suite, but only as an available upgrade on higher-end Silverado 1500s.

Standard Safety Features

The features of Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning is an available upgrade on the 2020 Silverado 1500 LTZ and higher grades, but it is not offered for the 2020 Silverado 1500’s lower four grades. To compare, the MSRP for the 2020 Silverado 1500 LTZ 2WD is $44,595 without any TSS-P®-comparable safety features. The 2020 Tundra SR 2WD with TSS-P® starts at $33,575.

The Tundra comes standard with eight airbags while the Silverado 1500 only has six.

Toyota drivers also have the added peace of mind that comes with ToyotaCare. This no-cost scheduled maintenance plan lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also includes 24/7 roadside assistance for two years and unlimited miles. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 comes with Chevy Complete Care, which includes 24/7 roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, Chevy’s complimentary maintenance is limited to the first oil change and tire rotations for the first 12 months of ownership.

Every Tundra comes with these two standard safety advantages. Standard TSS-P® is designed to help support your already safe driving practices and ToyotaCare will help you maintain your vehicle for the first two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

2020 Tundra driving down a dirt road in the mountains

Performance

  • The Tundra 5.7L V8 engine has 381 horsepower which is better than Silverado 1500 5.3L ECOTEC3 V8 engine’s horsepower of 355.
  • The Silverado 1500 does have a slightly higher MPG.

An optimal balance of performance and day-to-day driving utility is key to a quality full-size truck.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the Silverado 1500 has a slight edge. The Silverado 1500 WT 4WD Crew Cab with a Standard Bed 4.3L ECOTEC3 V6 has an EPA-estimated MPG of 15 city and 20 highway. The Tundra SR5 4x2 CrewMax 5.7L V8 with a 5.5-ft. bed has an EPA-estimated MPG of 13 city and 18 highway.

Despite the slight fuel-efficiency difference, the Silverado 1500 can’t beat the Tundra when it comes to horsepower. The Tundra 5.7 V8 engine has 381 horsepower. In comparison, the Silverado 1500 5.3L ECOTEC3 V8 engine with DFM has a horsepower of 355. The Toyota Tundra also has better torque. The Toyota Tundra’s 5.7L V8 has 401 lb.-ft. torque compared to the Silverado 1500 ECOTEC3 V8’s 383 lb.-ft.

Interior of 2020 Tundra

Reliability

  • The Tundra was awarded the Kelley Blue Book® the Best Resale Value: Top 10 and the 5-Year Cost to Own Award for 2019.
  • The Silverado 1500 was awarded the same by Kelley Blue Book® awards in 2017.
  • Both the Tundra and Silverado 1500 have limited complimentary maintenance and roadside assistance plans.

The Tundra comes stacked with a history of many impressive awards. Kelley Blue Book® awarded it the Best Resale Value: Top 10 and the 5-Year Cost to Own Award for 2019. This means that the latest model year holds its value and is a more cost-effective vehicle option over five years. For its part, the Silverado 1500 won the Best Resale Value Award and the 5-Year Cost to Own Award back in 2017.

ToyotaCare

But Toyota's reliability doesn't end with that award. All new purchased and leased Toyotas come with ToyotaCare. This no-cost maintenance plan lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also comes with roadside assistance that lasts for two years and unlimited miles. Chevrolet has its own maintenance program called Chevy Complete Care which, as stated on the official Chevrolet site for 2019 models, Chevy Complete Care covers one oil and oil filter change and DEF tank refills for diesel engines. This also includes a 24-hour Roadside Assistance program that lasts five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Both trucks will give you complimentary roadside assistance, but only ToyotaCare covers your regular factory-scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

2020 Tundra driving down a dirt road in the mountains

Conclusion: Tundra vs. Silverado 1500

  • The Tundra has a slightly lower starting MSRP of $33,575 while the Silverado 1500 starts at $33,795 MSRP.
  • The Tundra comes standard with a free one-year trial of Toyota’s remote connect while Silverado 1500’s comparable feature costs extra.
  • Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard on every 2020 Tundra. The Silverado 1500’s comparable safety features don’t come standard on lower grades.

The Toyota Tundra comes with many standard safety features, like Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and Safety Star System™. The Silverado 1500 has some comparable advanced active safety features, but none of them come standard.

All new and leased Toyotas come with ToyotaCare. ToyotaCare is a no-cost maintenance plan that lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. It also includes roadside assistance that lasts two years and unlimited miles. Chevy has its own maintenance program called Chevy Complete Care that comes with better roadside assistance term length but a more limited complimentary maintenance plan.

The base 2020 Tundra SR Double Cab 4X2 with 6.5-Ft. bed is slightly less expensive starting at $33,575 MSRP while the base Silverado 1500 starts at $33,795. The 2020 Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab has 381 horsepower. In comparison, the 2020 Silverado 1500 2WD Double Cab has a horsepower of 355.

The 2020 Tundra also offers a one-year free trial of Toyota’s Remote Connect. This allows you to use your mobile device to lock and unlock doors, stop and start the engine, monitor vehicle status, and more. When paired with standard Apple CarPlay® compatibility, your Apple Watch can be your one-stop control station. A similar feature on the Silverado 1500 requires purchasing a paid plan.