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Toyota Tundra vs. Chevy Silverado

A collage of Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado.

Hit the road with confidence with a Toyota Tundra or Chevy Silverado. Each pickup boasts a robust and sleek build with powerful off-road abilities. You can haul through mud, gravel, sand, and more one day and coast through town the next.  

Toyota Tundra

First hitting the road in 1999, the Toyota Tundra was the first full-size pickup truck from a Japanese manufacturer to be built in North America. Initially made at a plant in Indiana, the Tundra was consolidated in 2008 for production in Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas, factory. Toyota has gone through two generations of the Tundra. 

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Trim Levels

The Toyota Tundra comes in three trim levels: Limited, 1794, and TRD Pro. Each model comfortably seats four people. While the Limited and TRD Pro feature 5.5-foot truck beds, the 1794 features a 6.5-foot truck bed.  

Exterior

With a stacked, athletic appearance, the Tundra exudes confidence with bold lines, protruding fenders, and a strong front grille that interlocks with the front bumper. It has LED headlights and taillights with optional sequential turn signals.

In addition to standard manual-leveling headlights, the Tundra has the option of auto-leveling headlights for safer towing and hauling. Auto-dimming side-view mirrors possess turn signal and blind spot indicators as well as power-folding and reverse tilt-down capabilities. 

Power

Drive with confidence with one of the Tundra’s two powerful i-FORCE engines. The i-FORCE 3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6 delivers up to 389 horsepower with 479 pound-feet of torque.

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The i-FORCE MAX powertrain offers even better performance by pairing the 3.5L Twin-Turbo V-6 with an electric motor for 437 horsepower with 583 pound-feet of torque.

The electric motor transfers power without lag with a unique placement between the engine and transmission.

Performance

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When equipped with the hybrid powertrain, the Limited and 1794 trims have an estimated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the TRD Pro has an estimated 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

The Tundra also features a 10-speed automatic transmission to help you control more power whether you’re climbing a muddy hill, towing a trailer, or cruising on the freeway.

For trailers, the Limited has a max towing capacity of up to 11,120 pounds, while the 1794 is up to 10,890 pounds, and the TRD Pro is up to 11,175 pounds.

Interior

A view of interior part of toyota tundra car.

Ride in comfort with the Tundra’s wide-shouldered seats, with available leather trims featuring heating and ventilation for any climate. The 1794 trim uses natural American walnut across the dash, center console, and door panels. As a signature Toyota feature, the Tundra has a standard rear glass window that rises and fully lowers with the push of a button. 

Technology

The Tundra houses a 14-inch touchscreen multimedia center that connects wirelessly to your phone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Limited features a nine-speaker audio system, while the 1794 and TRD Pro feature 12 JBL speakers, including a subwoofer and amplifier.

Safety Features

The pickup truck comes with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, trailer merge warning, front and rear parking assist, and safety connect.

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It also includes Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, which features a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist.

Chevy Silverado

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Introduced in 1999, the Chevy Silverado is the successor to the Chevrolet C/K model line. Its name actually comes from the top trim level of the C/K series. The Silverado showcases a series of full-size pickup trucks, chassis cab trucks, and medium-duty trucks.

Trim Levels

The Chevy Silverado comes in a variety of trim levels: High Country, ZR2, LTZ, LT Trail Boss, RST, LT, Custom Trail Boss, Custom, and WT. 

Exterior

With a tough yet stylish appearance, the Silverado bears elements that reinforce the truck’s wide and confidence-inducing stance with a redesigned front bumper, grille, and headlights. Chevy offers 18-inch, 20-inch, or 22-inch wheels as options for this pickup. It’s also available with a multi-flex tailgate. 

Power

A white chevy silverado on the road moving.

Drive with quality power with one of the Silverado’s four engines: 

  • The 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine comes standard on the WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST Double Cab, and LT Trail Boss. It offers 310 horsepower with 430 pound-feet of torque. 
  • The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 equipped with dynamic fuel management is standard on the RST Crew Cab 2WD, LTZ 2WD, and High Country 2WD. Unequipped, this engine comes standard on the RST Crew Cab 4×4, LTZ 4×4, and High Country 4×4. It puts out 355 horsepower with 383 pound-feet of torque. 
  • Standard on the ZR2, the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 boasts 420 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque.
  •  Available on Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country, the Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine offers 277 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque.
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Performance

The High Country, LTZ, and RST trims have an estimated 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, while the Custom, LT, and WT have an estimated 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the LT Trail Boss and Custome Trail Boss have an estimated 16 mpg city and 18 mpg highway and the ZR2 an estimated 14 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.

The Silverado also sports a slew of trailering and towing abilities. The truck sports trailer sway control, hill start assist, and auto grade braking. It also has eight available cameras with up to 14 views, so you can keep an eye on everything in tow.

Interior

An interior design of chevy silverado car.

Go on a comfy ride with the Silverado’s all-new, authentic wooden trim and available perforated leather seats. A front 40/20/40 split-bench seat is standard, along with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench.

A 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar is standard on all trims except the WT. The LTZ, ZR2, LT Trail Boss, RST, and LT also come standard with heated front seats, while the High Country is standard with heated front and rear seats.  

Technology

The Silverado provides a 13.4-inch diagonal color touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch diagonal enhanced multi-color reconfigurable driver information center on the High Country, ZR2, LTZ, LT Trail Boss, RST, and LT trims.

Connect your smartphone wirelessly with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto, and enjoy rich, quality audio with Bose speakers.

Safety Features

Standard safety features for each 2022 Silverado include forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, following distance indicator, and Intellibeam high beam assist. 

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Both the Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado are sleek trucks designed for various terrains. Each boasts power and safety. However, the Tundra revels in its tough, athletic build, while the Silverado seems to enjoy a more sleek and modern structure.