Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - February 2, 2016

The pickup truck is still king here in the States. To meet the demands of the modern buyer, cabins are now equipped with all sorts of upscale interior materials, Bluetooth connectivity, and electronic aids -- they hardly resemble their no-frills ancestors.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Silverado 1500 & Tundra »

However, today's trucks are also more capable than ever. They can haul and tow more using less fuel and do it far more comfortably than the originals could ever hope to. While pickups like the refreshed Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are American as apple pie, this hasn't stopped the Japanese from creating many models, such as the completely redesigned Toyota Tundra, to compete in the American-dominated pickup market. Can the Tundra beat the Silverado at its own game?

What the Chevy Silverado Gets Right

The Chevy Silverado 1500 comes in five different bed/cab configurations available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The most affordable is the Regular Cab with a Standard Box, while a Crew Cab with a Short Box will cost the most.

Power comes from a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, or a 6.2-liter V8. All three engines are pretty powerful, making 285 horsepower, 355 horsepower, and 420 horsepower, respectively. When equipped with the 6.2-liter and the available 3.42 rear axle, the big Silverado can tow up to 17,700 pounds.

What the Toyota Tundra Gets Right

The refreshed Tundra has three available body styles, the Regular Cab, the Double Cab and the CrewMax. There are two available engines: a 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and a 5.7-liter V8 making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.

Helping sell the lower-powered and overmatched Tundra is its number of special trim levels, including the luxurious Platinum, the unique 1794 edition, and the rugged TRD Pro trim.

Does the Tundra Beat the Silverado At It's Own Game?

The Tundra is a very capable truck, but the Silverado is even more capable.

Winner: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

While both trucks are tough with more than enough modern features to keep you entertained while putting the pickup through its paces, in the end we chose the Silverado. At their core, trucks are made to work and the Tundra just can't keep up with the brute power of the Chevy when both are equipped for their maximum abilities.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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