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2013 Chevy Silverado pitted against the Tundra

Thursday, September 20th 2012. | Review

Toyota launched its Tundra more than a decade ago to compete in the booming truck market in America that was being dominated by American automobile manufacturers.  It is interesting to see how the Japanese have attempted to break the stronghold of American companies such as Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and so on. Here is a comparison of the Tundra with the 2013 Chevy Silverado (one of the best trucks out there) to see how the Japanese take on heavy duty trucks stacks up to the best that American truck manufacturers have to offer:

The range of engines both these trucks have to offer is a good place to start this comparison. There is no doubt the Tundra has a number of engines much like its all-American counterpart. The standard engine in the Tundra is a 5.7 liter V8 that chucks out 381 hp which is helps the Tundra beat the standard Chevy Silverado with the 315 hp 5.3 liter V8 in a straight line. However, that is certainly not the end of the story; people buy American trucks more for their maximum payload and their towing abilities. The Chevy Silverado blows the Tundra away in this department with its average payload and towing capacity being considerably more than the Tundra. Of course if it is straight line speed that you want then you can get the rather buff 6.2 liter V8 that produces 403 hp. There is more; the Chevy is also a lot more fuel efficient than the Toyota and that too by a considerable margin. The only drawback with the Silverado is that you will have to buy one of the bigger V8 models if you want the 6-speed automatic transmission instead of the relatively outdated 4-speed automatic one.

In terms of looks the Silverado looks like a true muscle bound American monster compared to the Tundra. Although the Tundra has come a long way with respect to its looks but it still seems be trying too hard with its bulges. The interior of the two trucks are more or less equal, with the exception of a 4 CD changer that the Tundra gets (Chevy has removed the 6 CD changer option in the Silverado).

If you still are not convinced about the superiority of the Silverado over the Tundra considering the Silverado’s better towing and maximum payload capabilities, its better mileage and better looks then compare the prices of the two trucks; the Silverado, on average, has a price tag that is lighter by at least a couple of thousand dollars than the one on the Tundra.

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