2020 Tundra vs. Sierra Comparison

Trucks offer better ground clearance, towing, and more rugged handling than many other vehicle types. Toyota introduced the Tundra to the U.S. for the 2000 model year. It was the first full-size pickup in North America from a Japanese manufacturer. Assembled in San Antonio, Texas, the Tundra is also the only full-size pickup truck entirely made in Texas. The GMC Sierra was introduced in 1962 as the first pickup truck that was not based on the car design. Along with the Chevrolet Silverado, these two pickups made a huge impact on the pickup truck market.

With Toyota’s long-standing reputation for safety, performance, and reliability, this is a matchup that only you can decide the winner of.

Publish Date: 08/26/2020

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Safety

Both the 2020 Tundra and GMC Sierra received 4-Star Overall Safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with 5-Star Side Crash ratings. The Tundra takes the edge, however, in standard safety features.

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Safety

  • Both the 2020 Tundra and GMC Sierra received 4-Star Overall Safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) comes standard on all Tundras.
  • The Sierra offers comparable safety features but requires the separate Driver Alert package.
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Performance

Trucks need to be able to handle whatever life throws their way. From towing to off-roading, the Tundra is ready for whatever adventure you throw at it.

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Performance

  • The Tundra has a standard 5.7L V8 engine while the GMC Sierra comes standard with a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine.
  • The Tundra SR 4x2 Double Cab 5.7L V8 with a 6.5-ft. bed can tow up to 10,200 lbs. The 2020 Sierra 2WD Crew Cab, Short Box with a 5.3L V8 engine can haul up to 9,800 lbs.
  • Every Tundra trim delivers an impressive 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft. torque.
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Reliability

Trucks need to be able to handle whatever life throws their way. Toyota is known for its long history of “Quality, Durability, and Reliability”.

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Reliability

  • Toyota and GMC both have roadside assistance plans.
  • ToyotaCare lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. GMC's Pro Grade Protection maintenance program provides owners with their first maintenance visit within the first year of lease or purchase.
  • Kelley Blue Book® (KBB®) awarded the Tundra both the Best Resale Value: Top 10 and 5-Year Cost to Own Award in 2019.
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Conclusion: Tundra vs. Sierra

Trucks need to be able to handle whatever life throws their way. Both the 2020 GMC Sierra and Tundra offer competitive full-size truck options. However, the Tundra has a few features that may make it more appealing to drivers in terms of safety, performance, and reliability.

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Conclusion: Tundra vs. Sierra

  • Toyota drivers get a full suite of active safety features, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and more.
  • The 2020 Tundra also comes standard with ToyotaCare which includes a factory-scheduled maintenance plan and roadside assistance.
  • The standard V8 engine of the Tundra SR is also more powerful than the V6 engine of the Sierra.
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