Toyota Tundra vs Competitors

 

Overview

Backed by Toyota’s acclaimed reputation, the 2019 Toyota Tundra is one of the best-selling full-sized pickup trucks in America. There are many reasons why drivers choose the Tundra, such as its capabilities, comfortable and spacious interior, inclusion of advanced amenities, and dependable reputation. This model year’s Tundra even comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist suite. That said, the Tundra encounters some hard-nosed competitors, such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500. Now, let’s examine how the Tundra compares to this tough class of competition.

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The Tundra’s base MSRP is $31,670, which is about average for this class of pickups. It is still less than the entry-model Ram 1500’s starting MSRP of $33,190. When they’re fully loaded, though, all of these trucks can cost upwards of $60,000.

Warranty coverage is quite similar for most of these pickups—they all include a 36-month/36,000-mile whole vehicle warranty, 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and 36-month/36,000-mile paint warranty. The Ram 1500’s corrosion perforation warranty is 24 months shorter than the same coverage for all other vehicles in the class. The Tundra stands out for its 24-month/unlimited-mile roadside assistance warranty, since all of its competitors have a mileage cap on their versions of this warranty.


Performance and Fuel Economy

Unlike the competition, the Tundra only offers V8 engines — a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated engine that makes 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated engine that generates 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. All of the base-model rival vehicles are equipped with smaller V6 engines. In fact, the base trim Tundra has more horsepower and towing power than the base models of each of its rivals. The Tundra’s 4.6-liter engine is rated by the EPA to get 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway, which is quite similar to the fuel economy of other V8 pickups. The Tundra’s 26.4-gallon fuel tank is also considerably larger than any found on competing full-sized trucks.


Safety

All of these vehicles received good scores in government-issued collision tests, but the Tundra still makes a solid case over the competition. The Tundra is the only vehicle in the class to include Toyota Safety Sense standard on all of its trims. Toyota Safety Sense is a package of state-of-the-art driver-assist features designed to prevent or at least mitigate collisions. This package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with sway warning, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. Rival vehicles only have these active safety features available on higher trim levels, meaning that you have to spend more money just to get safety features found standard on the least expensive Tundra trim.


Resale Value

Buying a Tundra is a safe bet, as Toyotas are known for their outstanding resale value – in fact, Toyota received the most recent (2019) award for “Best Resale Value” by Kelley Blue Book. Specifically, the Tundra was voted the vehicle with third-best resale value in 2019, better than all other full-sized pickups.