Shopping for a truck is not the same as shopping for a car. Trucks tend to be more expensive compared to cars. It is estimated that the average selling price for a large truck for the year 2018 was $48,000 with a monthly payment of $677.
2019 Silverado Crew Cab
The 2019 Silverado has a radical new look compared to its predecessors. It features a new bold grille design and the panel has some characteristics of the 2018 model. The appearance alone is not enough to show the changes from the previous model.
There is a familiar powertrain with the 2019 Silverado. It includes a standard 285-HP 4.3-liter V6 engine with a 6-speed transmission. You can get an all-wheel drive in the higher trims. The step-up combos include a 355-HP 5.3-liter V8 engine with a 10-speed transmission. There is a new innovation in the form of Dynamic Fuel Management which is only available in the higher trims.
The engine choices are spread among the 8 trims available and you can even get a 6.2-liter V8 engine. You get a seamless driving experience because of the ever-changing cylinder deactivation. As you’d expect with most full pick-up sizes nowadays, the 2019 is less of a tough truck and more of a luxury ride. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted. You get a smooth driving experience on the highway. The truck can tow up to 12,200 pounds without any major problems.
Since this is a massive truck, you should expect a roomy interior. You get lots of leg room with an almost-flat rear floor which is not common with most trucks in the vertical. The front seats are both ventilated and heated which will make driving in any weather enjoyable. The design is not spectacular in any sense but it is simple and clean just how a truck should be. There is no learning curve when it comes using the controls.
It comes with a user-friendly infotainment system that is easy to use. The touchscreen has large icons so that the driver doesn’t have to struggle when going through the different features. There is a WI-FI Spot included just in case you want to stream music from your phone. There is also ample storage in the cabin as the console is big enough to swallow a whole laptop.
Toyota Tundra 2019
Toyota has been one of the best-selling foreign trucks in the U.S. for the last decade or so. The Tundra has its loyalists but there hasn’t been a dramatic design departure for the 2019 model. A lot of features have been carried over from the previous year which makes it hard to differentiate. There haven’t been any major aesthetic changes since 2014 which could be a disadvantage given how competitive the full-size truck segment is.
The 2019 model comes with a standard 4.5-liter engine which produces 310-HP. It should be noted that there is no full-time four-wheel drive system available even with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
The updates over the years have made the riding experience more quitter and stable and the trend continues for the new model. It has a plush ride and steers well.
The interior has adequate space for legroom. The dashboard is made of soft touch and cheap plastic. Even though it does have an infotainment system, the 2019 Tundra doesn’t have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which is unfortunate given the fact the feature comes as standard in most modern trucks.
Comparing the Two
The two trucks have their own advantages and disadvantages. The 2019 Silverado has a configurable tailgate, a good infotainment unit, and different trim options available. The major disadvantage is that driver assists is only available in the higher trims. If you want a reliable truck that comes with different trim options, the Silverado is an excellent choice.
The Toyota Tundra is known for its reliability and good resale value. There are two V8 engines available, the driver assists system and the TSS-P collision system. Even though it is a sturdy and reliable truck, its limited abilities make it lag behind compared to market leaders.
The Chevy Silverado is currently the second best-selling truck in America. The 2019 models come with a new line of engines, trims, and transmissions, as well as added capabilities. You also get the ability to configure powertrains. The bed width has also been expanded which is the best in its class. There are plans by Chevy to introduce a 3.0-liter turbodiesel. It is recommended if you’re looking to tow heavy payload. It has a better fuel economy than the Tundra.
The Chevy Silverado is the best choice if you’re looking for a truck with towing capabilities, horsepower, and a big bed volume. If you need modest horsepower to carry out daily chores, the Tundra is your best bet.