I drove a Toyota Tundra and a Chevy Silverado to see which full-size pickup is better - and the winner was clear
- The Chevy Silverado is all-new and usually the second best-selling full-size pickup truck in the US.
- The Toyota Tundra hasn't been updated in years, but it's still a pickup with a good reputation.
- The Chevy Silverado is the better pickup, but the Toyota Tundra is worth a look.
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In the highly competitive world of full-size pickups, there are three main players: the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, and the RAM 1500. That's 1-2-3 in the usual sales ranking.
Behind that formidable trio, one finds the Toyota Tundra. When the Tundra first arrived in the US, it was a daring move. Toyota intended to build on its legacy for reliability and quality by attacking the most American of vehicle segments. The Tundra was the first full-size pickup from a Japanese brand, and it was built in the USA.That was 20 years ago. The Tundra has been moderately successful, but it hasn't cracked the top-three party. The situation has only worsened for Toyota over the years, as Ford, Chevy, and RAM has effectively captured all the share to be had in the upper reaches of the market.
The Silverado is usually number two, behind the F-150, and to maintain that position, Chevy has an all-new truck on dealer lots.
The Tundra, meanwhile, is completely not all-new. The 2007 second-generation design was upgraded in 2014, but the pickup is long in the tooth. That's not necessarily a bad thing for Toyota, as the company can continue to sell a lot of trucks without having to spend big money to steal customers from the Detroit Big Three.
So how does the Toyota Tundra match up against the Chevy Silverado? Glad you asked. I've driven both trucks. Here's how they compare: