|Up to 420 HP||Horsepower||Up to 460 lb-ft|
|7,600-12,500 LBS||Towing Capacity||6,800-10,100 LBS|
In the heated market of the 2019 pickup truck, two vehicles clearly discern themselves as standouts among the competition. Created by manufacturers with decades of experience in the industry, the bout of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra is no easy contest. Both cars seamlessly combine innovation, style and raw power to create an all-around excellent vehicle that is suitable jobs both on the road and off.
Here we will break down performance, interior and safety to decide in the contest between these two automotive giants who will walk away with the title of superior truck.
Perhaps the most important aspect to any self-respecting pickup truck is its ability to kick up mud and get the job done at any cost. Both the Sierra and the Tundra bring a respectable level of power and torque to the competition.
Powered by a formidable 2.7L Turbo engine complete with 8-speed automatic transmission, the Sierra packs a serious punch even in its baseline model. With the help of the engine’s superb technology and engineering, this relatively small engine is able to output 310 horsepower and around 348 ft lbs of torque. And that’s just the standard engine, available for upgrade are 4 other engines reaching up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Once your wheels are turning and your truck is moving, it’s time to check out the all-new available traction select system. Choose from a variety of different presets that adjust your vehicle’s transmission in a way that is best suited to specific roads and weather types. Whether it’s the, Sport, Snow or Tow mode, each of these settings will provide a distinct advantage when you need it the most. Get to know all of them and integrate the convenience into your day-to-day lifestyle.
Another incredible performance feature of the new 2019 Sierra is the available in-vehicle trailering app. This integrated app is accessible through the Sierra’s onboard infotainment system and dedicates its technology to improving your trailering experience and overall safety. Among other things, the app provides a pre-departure checklist, trailer detection that lets you know when your trailer is properly hitched, customizable trailer profiles, trailer theft and disconnection, and electrical trailer diagnostics. With the help of this app, you can tow anything within the vehicle’s limit with a profound new sense of confidence and safety at all times.
While not quite outfitted with all the bells and whistles that you will find in the GMC Sierra, the Tundra still boasts an impressive array of performance specs and available options. The base model for this vehicle is powered by a 4.6L V8 engine, providing the 310 horsepower and 327 ft lbs of torque.
Once you really get rolling, Toyota has outfitted the Tundra with enormous 13.9-inch front brake rotors and four-piston front brake calipers to help stop this monster of a truck at a moment’s notice. Also standard on all Tundra models is the automatic limited-slip differential. Differing from a traditional limited-slip differential, Toyota’s version applies brakes individually to wheels with no traction and doesn’t cut engine power. This refined system helps to give you control and distributes power where the computer deems it to be the most effective.
Lastly, the Tundra features the heavy-duty TripleTech frame with an integrated towing hitch receiver. This system also includes a trailer hitch that utilizes 12 high-strength bolts integrated into its frame. All of these high-tech components working together are what allow the Tundra to easily and efficiently haul over 10,000 lbs at once.
Now that we’ve covered the rugged details of what these trucks can do under the engine, let’s take a closer look at the comfort-focused side of things. In addition to their impressive performance specs, the Sierra and Tundra are not shy about providing the utmost hospitality to their riders. Through an impressive suite of bells, whistles and amenities, both of these trucks provide a luxurious driving experience wherever in the world you decide to go.
The 2019 Sierra puts an unparalleled focus on the basics that provide quiet and comfort during a drive. Outfitted with new sound-absorbing technology in the dashboard and carpet, as well as doors that are inlaid and triple-sealed, the Sierra provides the quiet of home on the road.
The Sierra also offers the Premium GMC Infotainment System, boasts an 8-inch diagonal touch-screen, available 4G Wi-Fi, and USB connectivity. If you’re interested in new and exciting tech, the Sierra is one of the first cars to feature the fully wireless charging pad for any compatible devices. Once you’re all set up here, you also have the option to bump the available Bose premium sound system.
While you’re basking the unrivaled quietness and exquisite connectivity of your 2019 GMC Sierra, you and your backseat passengers can also enjoy elevated seats and class-leading head and legroom space. So, turn your music up, stretch your legs out, sit back and enjoy the ride!
The Toyota Tundra also makes a concerted effort to have the inside of their vehicle make the driver feel comfortable and at home. The ergonomic setups keep the driving experience in mind at every opportunity, making every push of a button and turn of the wheel feel as comfortable and natural and possible. Also, if you’re willing to shell out a little extra, the Tundra interior comes available with a few premium finishes such as the Platinum interior and the 1794 Edition interior.
When it comes to amenities, the Tundra certainly has some to offer. Its center console is roomy and provides a 12v auxiliary power outlet to charge your devices and general electronics. The entire dashboard acts as a sort of information hub, as it contains 7-inch touchscreen and a unique multi-information display next to the speedometer. The unique display provides a trip meter, odometer, fuel economy, average speed, an integrated trailer brake controller, and more. This amazing system provides a suite of important information all right at your fingertips at any point during the drive.
Now while all of the power and amenities are very desirable in a car, all of these fancy features would mean nothing without a confident safety record. Luckily, both the Sierra and Tundra have been tirelessly engineered to stand up to a variety of worst-case scenarios designed to keep you and your passengers out of harm’s way.
The 2019 GMC Sierra prioritizes safety above all else. By combining current technology with GMC’s decades of experience with automotive safety, the Sierra provides cutting-edge solutions to many common car issues and accidents.
Outfitted with sensors around the entire vehicle, the Sierra is able to use this information to communicate with the onboard computer and assist the driver when necessary. Examples of this include an available high-definition rear vision camera, IntelliBeam headlamps, which automatically adjust in response to oncoming traffic, available forward collision alerts, which notifies the driver of oncoming objects, and available lane keep assist, which will alert the driver if the car begins to veer out of its lane, just to name a few.
The Sierra also offers a teen driver program in the onboard computer, which allows you to monitor your rookie driver’s behavior and progress. Lastly, this GMC vehicle comes available with the OnStar safety and security plan. This robust feature offers features such as automatic crash response, emergency services, roadside assistance and stolen vehicle assistance.
The Toyota Tundra also includes a variety of external sensors designed to collect information and help the driver if necessary. The baseline model includes a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, which detects vehicles in your blind spot and illuminates a light on your rearview mirror if it notices the driver beginning to switch lanes.
The unique safety feature of the Toyota Tundra is the standard Star Safety System. This is a suite of six advanced safety features that includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and start stop technology., All of these advanced features work together to provide a ride that is as predictable and safe as possible.
Lastly, any buyer of a new Toyota can rest assured that their vehicle will be properly looked after through the ToyotaCare program. This no-cost maintenance plan covers every new Tundra for 2 years or 25,000 miles.