Battle of the Pickups: Chevy Silverado takes on the Toyota Tundra
In the market for a new pickup truck? We understand how difficult the hunt can be in a flooded market with so many variables to consider. That’s why we value your decision to come to us as your Chevy dealership. We’re putting our 2018 Chevy Silverado up against the 2018 Toyota Tundra in categories most important to you. Who comes out on top? You’ll have to read and find out—though we think you can take a pretty good guess.
Chevy Silverado: With a starting price at $28, 285, the Silverado takes the lead. But with three engines, three cabs, three bed lengths, six trim levels, and tons of add-ons, we offer loads of choices to match every buyer’s specific needs and price point.
The Competitor: The Tundra’s starting price is $31,120, and offers two cabs, three bed lengths, two engines, five trim levels, and options for add-ons.
Chevy Silverado: Silverado boasts a V6 engine rated at 18-mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Looking at the V8? Still rated at 15-mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
The Competitor: Tundra’s 4.6-liter V8 has the same 15-mpg in the city, but 19 mpg on the highway. The 5.7 V8 ranks 13-mpg city and 18-mpg highway.
Both tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chevy Silverado comes out on top with a five-star rating.
Chevy Silverado: The Silverado features impressive driver assistance including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, collision warnings, and automatic forward braking. Plus, it offers a system for newer drivers called the Chevy’s Teen Driver system.
The Competitor: The Tundra received a close four out of five stars in crash tests. It also has a rearview camera, and its tech package includes front and rear sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane warning, and pedestrian detection.
Cargo Space and Towing
Chevy Silverado: This truck boasts user-friendly beds with a step on the rear bumper and an EZ-Lift to make access to, and opening, the bed easy and smooth. Plus, it can tow up to 12,500 pounds and has a payload range of 1930-2250 pounds.
The Competitor: The Tundra does have a lot of storage, but does not offer any convenience factors. Its towing capacity maxes at 10,200 pounds and has a payload range of 1500-1730 pounds.
Handling and Ride Quality
Chevy Silverado: The Silverado takes the lead with a strong, controlled handling capability, even in tight spaces and corners. And despite any rough surfaces, the Silverado’s ride quality will remain smooth and easy.
The Competitor: The Tundra also offers strong handling, but does not have the same precision when it comes to corners. Its ride quality feels older and offers a bumpier ride on rough surfaces.
Interior Features and Comfort
Chevy Silverado: Quality materials make for a sleek interior with luxury features including a MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and a rearview camera, wireless device charging, 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Depending on the cab, your Silverado can seat three, five or six, and gives you the option of a captain’s chair or front bench seat. The seats are spacious and comfortable for adult passengers.
The Competitor: The Tundra also comes with a rearview camera and a Bluetooth, but offers a smaller touch screen size at 6.1 inches. Tundra comes with Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, but doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. It also has the option between captain’s chair and bench and offers roomy seats.
While a close match, the 2018 Chevy Silverado comes out victorious with a reliable, modern truck that can be configured to your needs. Still have questions? Meet with a chevy dealer by finding a ‘Chevy car dealership near me.’