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When you have serious work to tackle, you need a serious truck that can handle the job. As you track down a suitable workhorse, it probably didn’t take long to encounter both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Toyota Tundra. These two full-size trucks have plenty to offer, but only one belongs on your job site. Let’s compare the two to see which one comes out ahead.
The Silverado stands out in its highly competitive market with unrivaled work capability, leaving the Tundra far back in the rearview mirror. Chevy offers a variety of engine options for virtually any scenario, while Toyota issues only one V8 engine for all Tundra models. When optimized for the work, the Silverado can tow up to 13,400 pounds and haul 2,250 pounds. On the other hand, the Tundra’s maximum towing capacity is 10,200 pounds, and its hauling limit is 1,730 pounds. Even with such impressive power, the Silverado delivers class-leading fuel efficiency. The Tundra’s thirsty 5.7-liter V8 falls behind in terms of fuel economy, demanding more frequent trips to the filling station. The Silverado also offers easy handling over city streets and highways, while the Tundra yields a stiff ride that can jostle the cabin over rough roads.
Whether you’re heading to the jobsite with your work crew or going out on the road with family and friends, a comfortable cabin can make a world of difference. The Silverado was redesigned in 2019, and its interior combines attractive style with high-quality materials. Starting trims sport durable surfaces to withstand all the elements you encounter on the job, while upper trims enhance your drive with upscale amenities like genuine leather upholstery. The Tundra hasn’t received an interior refresh since 2014, and the dated cabin is filled with hard plastics. The Tundra’s seating is also less supportive than the Silverado’s well-cushioned benches and chairs, and the Chevrolet promises lasting comfort for drives of any length.
The two trucks each come with a 7-inch touchscreen, but the Silverado’s Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System has delighted drivers and critics with its quick responsiveness and convenient analog controls. On the other hand, the Tundra’s infotainment interface yields more cumbersome menus with hard-to-find digital buttons. The small on-screen targets can make it hard to access you preferred features without taking your eyes off the road.
The Silverado and Tundra can be equipped with smart safety systems like blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors, but only the Chevy comes with the Teen Driver program. This state-of-the-art system allows you to establish limits for the truck’s top speed and audio volume whenever you have a secondary driver behind the wheel. This technology can also monitor their behavior on the road to help establish safe driving habits.
If the Silverado 1500 sounds like the right truck for your needs, you’re welcome to check it out here at Jay Hodge Chevrolet. When you visit our dealership, we would be glad to show you all that Chevy can do, and you can experience this truck’s impressive capability with a test drive.