Road Warriors: 2019 Toyota Tundra vs 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

toyota tundra vs gmc sierra

The Toyota brand is known for many things, but when folks think of trucks, their name isn’t often the one that comes to mind. If you’re comparing — or looking for an alternative — to the 2019 GMC Sierra, the 2019 Toyota Tundra at Bell Road Toyota isn’t just a substitute. It goes toe-to-toe with the GMC truck, and more than holds its own.

2019 Toyota Tundra

2019 Toyota Tundra at a Glance

  • 310-381 hp
  • 10,500 lb max. towing capacity
  • Six trims, three cab & box configurations
  • 4x2 or 4x4

The full-sized 2019 Toyota Tundra comes in six different trims with three available cab and box configurations. 4x2 and 4x4 drivelines are available. The base engine feels like anything but, thanks to 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque (surpassing the GMC truck’s base trim in both criteria). This truck is built for work, especially with the higher-horsepower engine that affords a 10,200 pound towing capacity and 1,730 pound cargo capacity.

Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) was added to all Toyota Tundra trims last year, bringing features like automatic high beams, pedestrian detection, and radar-guided cruise control. It’s complemented by front and rear parking sensors, a godsend when you’re parking a new Toyota truck of this size. And this year sees the addition of a TRD Pro off-road trim.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

There’s no hiding the fact that the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is a capable truck, managing to match the fuel economy numbers of the Toyota Tundra, and bringing a slightly higher degree of luxury, especially in the Denali trim (albeit with a price tag to match). For all that capability, however, it’s the Toyota Tundra that happens to have a few aces up its sleeve. The safety systems in the Toyota Tundra are more advanced, and they’re standard equipment. It offers an unlimited corrosion warranty against the GMC model’s 100,000 mile corrosion warranty. And the reliability of Toyota trucks is every bit as high as the company’s cars and SUVs, with JD Power reporting fewer problems per 100 vehicles than the GMC Sierra. 

If you’re comparison shopping trucks, look beyond the usual suspects. The Toyota Tundra (and its little brother, the Toyota Tacoma) may not offer the luxury of a Toyota Avalon or top-trim Toyota Camry, but you can do things with it you couldn’t do with those vehicles. So stop by 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ and Bell Road Toyota for a test drive, and prepare to be impressed!

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 at a Glance

  • 285-420 hp
  • 12,200 lb max. towing capacity
  • Multiple trim, cab & box configurations
  • 4x2 or 4x4