|285-420 HP||Horsepower||310-381 HP|
|305-460 lb-ft||Torque||327-401 lb-ft|
|7,600-12,500 LBS||Towing Capacity||6,800-10,100 LBS|
While small and mid-size pickup trucks might serve a wide range of functions, a full-size truck needs to be a workhorse that can handle many different highly-demanding tasks. Even if you are getting such a truck for personal use, you still expect it to be able to haul heavy cargo, be loaded up with just about anything imaginable, and keep on running for as long as you can. When it comes to full-size pickups, there are scarcely two better models to compare than the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 Toyota Tundra.
These are two of the best full-size trucks on the road that have legions of fans all across the country – and with good reason. And yet, when comparing them, inevitably certain conclusions can be drawn just based on the raw numbers and specs of these two vehicles. For example, you can get more power in the 2019 Chevy Silverado, thanks to more engine options that include greater horsepower and torque than anything available in the Tundra. This means that the 2019 Chevy Silverado also has greater towing and payload capacities.
While both of these trucks have excellent interior features and tech options, not to mention impressive fuel efficiency for full-size pickups, you cannot help but notice the Chevy Silverado just has a little bit more to offer. And since the Silverado also has a lower starting price, it’s easy to see why there are so many Chevy fans out there who swear by the Silverado. Not to mention the even more powerful heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models that are available.
As full-size trucks, you expect the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the Toyota Tundra to be able to deliver a lot of power and get some serious work done. Fortunately, both of these trucks come through thanks to solid engines available in them that provide a great deal of horsepower and torque. That being said, the Silverado has a few advantages and greater numbers to push it squarely ahead of the competition.
There are five different engines available for the 2019 Chevy Silverado, though two of them offer the same performance, but one of them includes Dynamic Fuel Management. The starting engine is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine that offers up to 285hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Next up is a 2.7L Turbo Engine that provides up to 310hp and 348 lb.-ft. of torque. Then there is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, also available with DFM, which provides up to 355hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Finally, if you need to really get some serious work done, there is an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine that offers up to 420hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
Compared to that, there are three engines available for the 2019 Toyota Tundra, though two of them are the same but one is compatible with E85 flex fuel, so there are only two different engines in terms of performance. The standard is a 4.6L V8 engine that offers up to 310hp and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. While that tops the starting engine in the Chevy Silverado, it is immediately outclassed by the second option from Chevy. The most powerful engine available for the Tundra is a 5.7L V8 that offers up to 381hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, which falls far short of what Chevy’s incredible 6.2L V8 can dish out.
Optimal fuel efficiency is highly dependent on a lot of factors, but we can still look at estimates for both vehicles. According to the EPA, the 2019 Chevy Silverado has an estimated maximum fuel efficiency of up to 20/23 mpg city/highway with a combined economy of 21 mpg. By comparison, the best you can get with the 2019 Toyota Tundra is 15/19 mpg city/highway with a combined estimate of 16 mpg.
Of course, this all depends on the engine and configuration you choose, but these are the very best numbers available with each of these trucks. As you can see, the Chevy Silverado takes a significant lead. When properly configured, you can get truly impressive gas mileage with the Silverado, cutting your costs and reducing your impact on the environment.
With a full-size truck, you want to have a lot of towing and payload capacity to get just about anything that you need done. Much of this depends on the engines available, and since the 2019 Chevy Silverado has more powerful engines as options than the 2019 Toyota Tundra, the results of which truck has greater towing power should be no surprise. These values depend on configuration, engine choice, and available packages, so keep that in mind.
When properly equipped, the 2019 Chevy Silverado has a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,200 lbs. including the trailer or camper you are hauling. By comparison, the 2019 Toyota Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 lbs. Those are both excellent and should be able to handle a wide range of tasks, but you can see the Silverado pulls ahead by a full 2,000 lbs.
You can load up the 2019 Chevy Silverado with up to 2,250 lbs. of payload, depending on its configuration. On the other hand, the 2019 Toyota Tundra has a maximum payload of 1,730 lbs. While that is a difference of only about 500 lbs. in payload, if you know you are going to need that much more piled into the bed of your truck, then that is a very important distinction. Overall, you can see that in terms of both towing and payload capacity, the 2019 Chevy Silverado just comes out on top and emerges the clear victor in this contest.
While trucks of the past were often considered purely rugged, barebones vehicles, today they have all the same luxury and technology features inside as any other vehicle. Of course, many of these options depend on trim level and packages that you can choose from. To keep things simple, let’s look at the available options on both the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the Toyota Tundra to see what can be selected for both of these vehicles, beyond just the standard features.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado has an available 8-inch HD color touchscreen as part of an Infotainment system with Navigation. There is Bluetooth connectivity for audio from two devices, a wireless charging pad, and an available Bose premium sound system. 10-way power seats for the driver and front passenger are available, as are heated second-row seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8-inch driver information display with customizable settings. The Silverado also features available dual-zone climate control, numerous USB and power outlets, and keyless open and start functionality.
On the other hand, the 2019 Toyota Tundra has an available 7-inch touchscreen display with Navigation. There is an available JBL speaker system, Bluetooth support, and multiple USB ports. You can get a 12-way power adjustable seat for the driver, but only a 6-way adjustable front passenger seat as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The Tundra features available dual-zone climate control but only has a 4-inch driver information display.
Needless to say, even on the inside of these trucks the Silverado pulls ahead with available features and luxuries.