The Toyota Tundra first debuted in North America in 1999, coming from a long line of Toyota truck history that spans over 50 years. In August of 1998, just one year prior to the Tundra's debut, the Chevrolet Silverado was released as a 1999 model.
In this pickup truck head-to-head comparison, we will look at the important features of the 2019 Toyota Tundra vs. the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado to determine which of the two trucks takes the lead in categories such as performance, safety, and reliability. Who will be crowned the winner in this head-to-head comparison?
Published date: 04/11/2019
The power and capability of the 2019 Toyota Tundra brings true performance potential to pickup truck drivers.
Engine Horsepower Comparison
Base grades of both the 2019 Tundra and the 2019 Silverado will give drivers a good amount of power, but Tundra's base grade SR comes with a V8 engine, whereas the base grade Silverado WT comes with a V6. When looking at higher-grade models, Tundra SR5's 5.7L 381HP V8 is considerably more powerful than Silverado 1500's 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 which produces 355 HP. Tundra's 5.7L V8 also takes the win for torque at 401 vs. Silverado 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V8's 383.
Silverado does achieve slightly better results in fuel economy, but misses the mark on driving feel. Tundra offers a throaty engine sound and higher torque that gives it that old-school, heavy-duty pickup truck driving quality. Plus, Tundra boasts stronger off-roading features for those who like to explore.
When compared to Silverado's Trail Boss trim, the Tundra comes out ahead with a greater rear differential of 4.3 vs. Silverado's 3.42, as well as the largest standard front brakes in this comparison at 13.9” with 4 piston calipers.
Every 2019 Toyota Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
Standard Safety Features
The Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) safety system includes driver assistance features such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
TSS-P is a major advantage over the safety features available on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado which offers driver assistance features only as add-ons at an additional cost — even on the high-end High Country trim.
For even greater safety, the 2019 Toyota Tundra comes standard equipped with 8 airbags. The 2019 Silverado comes with only 6 airbags in comparison.
All Toyota Tundra trucks are built with three things in mind: "Quality, Dependability, and Reliability." With this motto, it's no wonder why Toyota won the Kelley Blue Book® award for Best Resale Value Brand in 2018. Plus, Tundra was in the Top 10 overall for Best Resale Value in 2018.
Maintenance and Roadside Assistance
ToyotaCare comes standard on all leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles. With ToyotaCare, all Toyota vehicles receive 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles plus no-cost scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is a great value for Tundra drivers.
When looking at the reliability features of the Silverado, Chevrolet also offers 24-hour roadside assistance for 5 years, but it is limited to a maximum of 60,000 miles.
Both trucks in this head-to-head comparison are known to be reliable vehicles. But, with Toyota's longstanding history of reliable trucks in North America, the reliability factor of the Tundra is unmistakable.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado are both strong competitors in this head-to-head comparison. When we look closely at performance, safety, and reliability factors, the 2019 Toyota Tundra comes out as the clear winner.
Plus, the base-grade SR 4X4 Double Cab 4.5L V8 Engine starts at a significantly lower MSRP of $34,570 vs. the Chevrolet Silverado WT 4X4 Double Cab 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 Engine which starts at $36,995. And, the Tundra comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced safety features. Driver assistance features come at an additional cost on Silverado, even on its high-end High Country trim.
The Toyota Tundra is also doing its part to help boost the American economy. Every 2019 Tundra is assembled in San Antonio, Texas, USA. By being assembled in San Antonio, the Toyota Tundra provides jobs to American citizens. Silverado can not offer the same: the previous K2 Platform and upcoming T1 Platform Silverados and Sierras are produced at the GM Silao plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Let's not forget that Tundra comes ahead in terms of horsepower and torque and offers that sought-after old-school truck driving feel. Plus, Tundra offers considerable off-roading capabilities with its available TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road packages.
With these advantages, it's clear why the 2019 Toyota Tundra is the winner in this 2019 pickup truck head-to-head.