2010 Truck Comparison: Toyota Tundra Versus Chevrolet Silverado

July 12, 2010

These two pickup trucks each have different relevant features. It's a matter of preference which one you choose, however there may be some advantages that will sway your decisions in one direction or anotherTo do a comparison on the 2010 Toyota Tundra with the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado we need to first look at what each truck has to offer.

The Tundra has a choice of two engine sizes, the smaller of them being the 4.6-liter V-8 that gets 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque.  Alternatively, there is the option of the 5.7-liter V-8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Both engine sizes come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The bigger engine leads some buyers to be disappointed at the gas consumption; it gets 14 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway. The 4.6 liter doesn't do much better with 15 mpg city and 20 on the highway. 

This truck is not built for the economical driver, it's built for hauling and makes for a good construction vehicle. As far as handling goes, some drivers complain that they don't get a smooth ride. Maneuvering the truck seems clumsy, especially when trying to park the vehicle. However, it is not expected to have the best handling as it is a big truck with a lot of weight behind it, which is ideal for towing. The truck can tow up to 10,800 pounds, which more than satisfies the average driver's needs. 

When it comes to the interior there are mixed opinions, some say the dash is full of hard cheap looking plastic, while others praise it for durability.  The seats are described as comfortable, with plenty of room for maneuver. The Toyota Tundra looks butch from the outside with just enough chrome to add a touch of class to the overall styling. At a starting price of $23,455, the 2010 Toyota Tundra is within the average truck owners budget.

Taking a look at the Silverado, it has various options when it comes to engine size. From the basic 4.3-liter V-6 you can expect to get 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 is a 4.8-liter Vortec that gets 295 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Other options are the two 5.3-liter V-8 engines, one has an aluminum block while the other has an iron block, both give 315 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque. At the highest range there is the 6.2-liter Vortec MAX V-8, which makes 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque.

The V-6 engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway, while the largest engine gets 13 city and a mere 18 on the highway. Even though the Silverado is all muscle it still gives a smooth ride, and the braking is accurate and smooth. It can tow up to 10,500 pounds and most drivers were impressed by its hauling capabilities. The cab seems to have a lot of space and the interior design is appealing to many drivers. The interior features are said to be well laid out and of a usable design. 

On the outside the Chevrolet Silverado is a nice looking truck with a rugged appearance. Chevrolet is known for building trucks that can take a certain amount of abuse, and the 2010 Silverado is no exception. At a price of $28, 850 it is reasonably priced for a vehicle of this kind.

Exterior wise these two trucks have what it takes for the average tuck owner. They are both well built and designed for use as heavy duty working machines. The Toyota Tundra has the advantage of more towing power, while the Silverado has a lot more to offer in the way of engine choices. Both vehicles are reasonable in the price department, while both also prove to be gas guzzlers. Something that we have come to expect from trucks is that they will use a lot of gas, have more power and less efficiency--that's the way it goes. 

If you want a smooth ride with more choice of engine size then opt for the Silverado. On the other hand, the Tundra seems to be the better decision if you are planning on towing heavy loads. Whatever one of these trucks you choose you can be sure you will get a good deal and a sturdy workhorse.

The Car Connection
See the winners »
The Car Connection
Commenting is closed for this article
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.