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If your life, whether work or personal, requires you to haul an abundance of heavy objects regularly, then you've probably considered a pickup truck for your next vehicle. But if you don't require something so heavy-duty it could haul cement yet need more than a hatchback, you'll likely find yourself looking at half-ton trucks. When it comes to half-ton pickups, the Silverado and Tundra are two popular trucks that have proven themselves in this extremely competitive market. While both provide an abundance of features and powerful capabilities, does one model truly stand out as the superior half-ton pickup? That really depends on what you are looking for in a truck. Let's take a deeper look at the current model years, with the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 v 2022 Toyota Tundra.
These are both excellent pickups with a lot of history. The Silverado initially hit the scene in 1975, first appearing as a top trim for the former Chevrolet C/K line of trucks. It became so popular that it broke off and became its own line, and since then, the 2500, 3500, and beyond have been added. Meanwhile, the Toyota Tundra hasn't been around quite as long. It first appeared in 1999, and while Chevy had a nearly 25-year jumpstart on the Tundra, the latter has still become a popular option.
Now the question is: which is better? We put pickup trucks through a lot. They are workhorses that need to keep up with busy work and life demands. You'll likely spend a lot of time in your truck, so it needs to not only perform but keep you comfortable. With so many people treating trucks as a combination of both a work and family vehicle, a great truck needs to bring even more to the table. Let's see exactly how these two contenders stack up against each other.
Different drivers have different challenges for their pickups. That's why, in general, a pickup with several engine options is a top choice because it's accessible to a wide variety of drivers. From those who need to move some gear between work sites to those who need to tow large vessels, there are many types of drivers looking at trucks, and one engine doesn't fit everyone. For this reason, Chevy shines right away in the performance category. It not only has multiple engine options, compared to the Tundra's singular option, but it also has a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine, capable of handling some serious hauling and trailering. Tundra drivers will have to hope that the lone twin-turbo V6 offered to them can handle all of their needs.
None of this is surprising, as the Silverado has an impressive V8; it accelerates quicker, going from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds in some tests. Meanwhile, the Tundra falls a bit behind, needing 6.1 seconds to get up to 60 mph. The Chevy Silverado also brings quite a bit more towing power than the Tundra, towing up to 13,300 lbs, and it is worth noting that this maximum towing capacity can be accessed with both the 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine options. The Tundra lags behind again, capping out at a 12,000-pound towing maximum. You'll notice that 1,000-lb difference when handling heavier jobs.
If you need to leave paved roads for rougher paths, either of these trucks is up for the challenge, with both offering off-road trims. For the Chevy, that would be the Trail Boss with its nice two-inch lift and rugged tires. For the Tundra, that's going to be the TRD off-road that boasts off-road suspension, skid plates, and 20-inch wheels. Each of these is ready to leave the tidy roads of cities and highways for more uncharted territory, with the Silverado 1500 offering a little more strength than the Tundra.
A great pickup has to deliver a few things in the interior. It needs to provide you with important information about the vehicle's systems since you could be pushing the car to the limits at any time. It also needs to keep you and your passengers comfortable, in addition to being able to tackle your heavy payload and towing challenges because that's precisely why you have chosen a pickup truck. But it's more than simply power that makes a truck great. That strength must be coupled with great interior comfort features to make your overall driving experience enjoyable while pushing the truck to its limits.
Examining both vehicles' luxury and comfort features, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is known for its exquisite cabin that combines comfort and innovation. Its High Country trim has spacious rear seats, ample headroom, and gorgeous leather upholstery. Plus, it's loaded with convenient storage compartments for storing various belongings. The Tundra also offers a leather interior when you upgrade to its Platinum trim, while higher trims have gorgeous wood paneling and are rich with storage compartments throughout.
One of the biggest differences you'll see in cargo on these two trucks is bed length, each with three lengths. For the Silverado 1500, those include a 6.6-foot bed (standard), 8.1-foot bed (long), and a 5.8-foot bed (short). For the Tundra, it offers a 6.5-foot bed (standard), an 8.1-foot bed (long), and a 5.5-foot bed (short). Their long beds are the same length, but if you go for the standard or short, it will be significantly shorter on the Tundra than on the Chevy. Those few feet make a big difference when hauling heavy payloads is critical.
When you're behind the wheel of a pickup, having a few extra sets of eyes can really help out with monitoring everything around you. These are large trucks, particularly when it comes to length, so getting in and out of parking spots, changing lanes, and backing up becomes far more complicated than any standard sedan. Fortunately, both cars are equipped with advanced driver assist features.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 has forward collision alerts to notify you when you're about to hit another car and automatic emergency braking to intervene when an accident is about to happen. It also has adaptive cruise control, which lets you set the distance you'd like to keep from other cars and automatically adjusts your speed to maintain that distance. Plus, it has a following distance indicator that tells you when you're too close to other vehicles on the road. It also has a lane change alert with blind zone alert, which notifies you when someone is in your blind spot during lane changes. Meanwhile, lane keep assist lets you know when you're veering outside of your lane.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra has a nearly identical suite of safety features as the Silverado 1500, like the standard lane departure alert and blind spot monitor; however, it lacks one major thing: hands-free driving technology. The Silverado boasts the Super Cruise, GM's hands-free driving technology. Super Cruise-equipped vehicles allow for hands-free operation under certain conditions. This technology works with adaptive cruise control to control braking and acceleration. If you're looking for the most modern technology, it doesn't get more advanced than this. Drivers who make extremely long hauls and get fatigued from actively managing the car at all times might want a car with this feature.