Chevy Silverado 1500 Vs. Toyota Tundra: Can a Newcomer Beat the Legend?

By Justin Cupler | November 1st, 2018

The pickup truck segment has had many models come and go through the years, but the Chevy Silverado has long been a stalwart in this segment. A relative newcomer to the segment, the Toyota Tundra, is a tough competitor for the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, but is is the best truck for our Midland, Freeland, and Bay City, Michigan truck shoppers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 boasts a brand-new look thanks to a comprehensive redesign. This update includes a more upright front end with all-new headlights and a new Trail Boss model with a higher ride height and rugged looks. Despite being up to 1.6 inches longer than the previous model, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is also up to 450 pounds lighter.

Unlike the Silverado, the Toyota Tundra’s latest update was a refresh in 2014. This ushered in significant updates, but this aging pickup remains structurally the same as when it went through its last redesign in 2007. Despite its age, this older look still exudes a tough pickup-truck appearance that most truck buyers will appreciate.

The 2019 Silverado has three cabs — Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab — and three bed options: 5-foot-8-inch, 6-foot-6, and 8-foot. This gives buyers more options when compared to the 2019  Toyota Tundra that offers a Double Cab with an 8.1-foot bed and Crew Cab with 5.5-foot bed.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 measures 210.7 to 241.2 inches long, 81.2 inches wide, and 75.4 to 78.5 inches high. It rides on a wheelbase that ranges from 126.5 to 157.1 inches. The 2019 Toyota Tundra measures 228.9 to 247.8 inches long, 79.9 inches wide, and 75.8 to 76.4 inches high. The Tundra’s wheelbase is 145.7 to 164.6 inches long.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Latest in pickup design
  • Huge weight loss
  • More cab-and-bed options
  • Smaller regular-cab model is easier to maneuver

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tundra

  • Larger base cab-and-bed option
  • Longer wheelbase smooths out rough roads

Interior

In every cab setup, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500’s front seats offer 43.1 inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom, 66.1 inches of shoulder room, and 61.2 inches of hip room. The Tundra’s front seats offer 39.7 inches of headroom, 42.5 inches of legroom, 65.7 inches of shoulder room, and 62.6 inches of hip room. This gives the Silverado an advantage of 3.4 inches in headroom, 2 inches in legroom, and 0.4 inches in shoulder room, but the Tundra takes hip room by 1.4 inches.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 Double Cab is roughly equal to the Tundra Double Cab. The Silverado 1500 Double Cab’s rear seats offer 39.9 inches of headroom and 35.2 inches of legroom, 64.9 inches of shoulder room, and 60.2 inches of hip room. The Toyota Tundra Double Cab’s rear seats offer 38.7 inches of headroom, 34.7 inches of legroom, 65.6 inches of shoulder room, and 61.6 inches of hip room. This gives the Silverado a 1.2-inch advantage in headroom and 0.5-inch advantage in legroom, while the Tundra has a 0.7-inch advantage in shoulder room and a 1.4-inch advantage in hip room.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab’s rear seats offer 40.1 inches of headroom, 43.4 inches of legroom, 65.2 inches of shoulder room, and 60.2 inches in hip room. The Tundra CrewMax’s rear seats offer 38.9 inches of headroom, 42.3 inches of legroom, 65.5 inches of shoulder room, and 60.4 inches of hip room. This gives the Silverado a 1.2-inch headroom advantage and a 1.1-inch legroom advantage, while the Tundra CrewMax has a 0.3-inch shoulder room advantage and a 0.2-inch hip room advantage.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • Front seats better suited for tall people
  • More legroom in all cab formats

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tundra

  • Wider rear seat in all formats

Performance

The 2019 Silverado 1500 has a robust line of engines, while the 2019 Tundra relies on a simpler pair of V-8 engines.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s engine lineup starts with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. This V-6 powerplant pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Moving to the midrange engines drops a 5.3-liter V-8 engine into the Silverado 1500 that injects 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. The 5.3- and 2.7-liter engines pair to the same eight-speed automatic transmission.

Topping the range is a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. There will be a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine available later in the 2019 model year, but the details are not available yet.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra has just two engines, and they are both V-8s. The base engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine is a 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy numbers are still in the works for the 2019 Silverado 1500, but there are preliminary numbers on select powertrains. The V-6, four-cylinder, and diesel engines do not have official EPA numbers yet, but the 5.3-liter V-8 delivers up to 17 mpg city, 23 highway, and 19 combined, while the 6.2-liter gets up to 16 mpg city, 20 highway, and 17 combined.

The 2019 Tundra’s dated powertrain shows its age in fuel economy as the 4.7-liter V-8 engine tops out at 15 mpg city, 19 highway, and 16 combined. The 5.7-liter engine is even worse at 13 mpg city, 18 highway, and 15 combined.

Towing and payload capacities are huge considerations when buying a pickup truck. The Silverado can tow up to 12,200 pounds (Crew Cab with four-wheel drive) and haul up to 2,280 pounds of payload (regular cab with two-wheel drive). The 2019 Tundra comes up short with just a 10,200-pound towing capacity and 1,730-pound payload capacity.

The Tundra and Silverado 1500 satisfy off-road enthusiasts with their respective trail-focused models. The 2019 Silverado has two packages, starting with the Z71 that includes Rancho monotube shocks, electronic hill-descent control, two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, front skid plates and heavy-duty air cleaner. The Trail Boss model adds a 2-inch lift to the Z71 package.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra off-road trim, known as the TRD Pro, isn’t nearly as rugged as the Silverado 1500’s off-road-ready models, but it gets the job done with Fox shocks, 18-inch all-terrain rubber, skid plates, and more.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

  • More engine options
  • Big fuel economy advantage
  • Significantly better towing and payload
  • More rugged off-road models

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tundra

  • Standard V-8 power

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Silverado has eight trim levels — Work Truck, Custom, Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country — and prices range from $29,795 to $54,495.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra is available in six trims — SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro — and prices range from $31,420 to $50,430.

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Work Truck: $29,795

  • 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • External engine-oil cooler
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch steel wheels Six-speaker audio system
  • Front USB port
  • Rearview camera
  • CornerStep Bumper
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Teen Driver
  • Daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black door handles
  • Cargo-area lighting
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information display
  • Power door locks and windows
  • Rear seat occupancy reminder
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • 12 cargo tie-downs
  • Black grille bars with mesh insert

Custom: $36,095

  • All Work Truck features, plus
  • 20-inch bright-silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Taillights with LED signatures
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Carpeted floors
  • Rubberized-vinyl floor mats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding front seat
  • Deep-tinted windows

Custom Trail Boss: $40,995

  • All Custom features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • 2-inch lift
  • Monotube off-road shocks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Skid plates
  • High-capacity air filter
  • Trailering Package
  • Locking rear differential
  • Gloss-black bumpers
  • Black bow tie
  • Performance Red recovery hooks

LT: $38,395

  • Work Truck features, plus
  • 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic stop/start
  • 17-inch bright-silver aluminum wheels
  • Two front USB ports
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Body-color door handles
  • LED headlights with signature lighting
  • Driver’s blind-spot mirror
  • Lift-assist tailgate
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Compass
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information center
  • OnStar
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Chrome grille bars and gloss-black mesh insert
  • Chrome mirror caps

LT Trail Boss: $47,395

  • All LT features, plus
  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Dual exhaust with polished tips
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • 2-inch lift
  • Monotube off-road shocks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Skid plates
  • High-capacity air filter
  • Trailering Package
  • Locking rear differential
  • Electric rear defogger
  • All-weather floor liners
  • Fog lights
  • Grille with high-gloss black bars and mesh insert
  • High-gloss-black mirror caps
  • Performance Red recovery hooks
  • Black bow tie
  • LED signature lighting on taillights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power locks
  • 18-inch high-gloss-black wheels
  • Hitch Guidance
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler

RST: $40,295

  • All LT features, plus
  • 18-inch bright-silver wheels
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers
  • Black bow tie
  • LED signature taillights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power locks
  • Rear window defogger
  • Two rear charge-only USB ports
  • 40/20/40 split-fold front seat
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color grille bars with gloss-black mesh insert
  • Black front bow tie
  • High-gloss black mirror caps
  • Black recovery hooks

LTZ: $44,495

  • All LT features, plus
  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • 18-inch bright-silver wheels
  • Trailering package
  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View
  • Advanced Trailering System
  • Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler
  • Heavy-duty locking rear differential
  • Chrome-accented bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles, and hockey-stick beltline
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Chrome door handles
  • 8-inch HD touchscreen
  • Voice recognition
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Remote ignition
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 120-volt bed-mounted outlet
  • 10-way front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • LED fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • LED cargo area lighting
  • Chrome grille bars with gloss-black mesh insert
  • Heated outside mirrors with puddle lamps
  • EZ Lift tailgate with power lock

High Country: $54,495

  • All LTZ features, plus
  • 20-inch painted aluminum wheels with light-argent pockets
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system
  • Navigation
  • 7-speaker Bose audio system with subwoofer
  • Two first-row USB ports
  • Two center-console-mounted USB ports
  • Body-color bumpers
  • High-intensity LED headlights
  • Power up/down tailgate
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Enhanced 8-inch multicolor digital gauges
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Front bucket seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Universal home remote
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Wireless charging
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Chrome assist steps
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Front and rear ultrasonic park assist
  • Chrome recovery hooks
  • Dual exhaust with polished tips

2019 Toyota Tundra Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SR: $31,420

  • 4.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Halogen headlights with LED accents
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Gray honeycomb-style grille with chrome surround
  • Black lower bumper
  • Black mirrors with power adjustment and heat
  • 18-inch styled-steel wheels
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Easy lower and lift tailgate
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Entune infotainment system with 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Sway-warning system
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • 40/20/40 split-folding cloth front seat
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Cruise control
  • Tilting steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 3.5-inch color multi-information screen
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Two front 12-volt power ports
  • Anti-theft system
  • Towing receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin connectors

SR5: $33,220

  • All SR features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome bumper end caps
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • HD Radio
  • HD Radio Traffic
  • SiriusXM
  • 60/40 fold-up rear seats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Sliding rear window

Limited: $43,735

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Silver billet-style grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome heated power outside mirrors
  • 20-inch Limited Grade split 5-spoke wheels
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation
  • Seven speakers (nine speakers in CrewMax)
  • Entune App Suite
  • Leather seats with front heat
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power sliding rear glass
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Alarm system
  • Deck Rail System with four tie-downs
  • Integrated trailer brake controller

Platinum: $50,430

  • CrewMax cab
  • Black honeycomb-style grille with color-keyed with color-keyed front bumper
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Power-folding mirrors with memory
  • 20-inch premium six-spoke wheel with machined spokes
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio
  • 12-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Premium floor mats
  • Front and rear parking assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Perforated leather seating with front-seat ventilation

1794 Edition: $50,430

  • All Platinum features, plus
  • Chrome billet-style grille
  • Wood accents on steering wheels
  • Gunmetal gray lower front bumper with chrome end caps

TRD Pro: $49,645

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum five-spoke black alloy wheels
  • “TOYOTA” grille with color-keyed grille surround
  • “TRD Pro” bedside stamping
  • TRD Pro floor mats
  • LED headlights with daytime running lights and black trim
  • Power vertical-sliding rear window
  • Moonroof
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Entune Premium JBL infotainment system
  • 12-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Entune App Suite
  • Color-keyed power mirrors
  • Black TRD Pro leather front seats with red contrast stitching
  • FOX shocks
  • Skid plates
  • All-terrain tires

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Silverado?

The Silverado beats the 2019 Toyota Tundra in most truck-focused areas, including power, payload capacity, and towing. Plus, it has a wide range of engine and powertrain options to suit many buyers.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Tundra?

Buyers who want base V-8 power will love the Tundra’s standard 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Also, with its standard Double Cab body, the Tundra can handle rear-seat passengers in all formats.

Want to test out the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 on the streets of Midland, Michigan? Come down to our new-car dealership serving Midland, Freeland, and Bay City to see what it can do today. If you can’t make it in today, you can also view our online inventory to see if we have a 2019 Silverado in stock to meet your needs.