In a clash of the truck titans, we’re taking the 2014 Toyota Tundra and the 2014 Chevy Silverado and putting them head to head to see which truck comes out on top.
There’s one quality of a truck that’s always at the top of every buyer’s list: performance. If it can’t get the job done, then it’s not worth the salted, snowy ground that you need it to drive over.
The Toyota Tundra gets that, which is why the Toyota engineers opted to make the most capable truck around. When loaded with the 5.7L V8 engine, the Tundra manages to crush your workload thanks to its 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The six speed electronically controlled automatic transmission has uphill and downhill shift logic, and a TOW/HAUL mode that make changing gears a breeze, even when towing the almost 10K lbs that it can be rated for.
Looking to save a bit of fuel economy instead? Opt for the available 4.0L V6 or 4.6L V8. All of the Tundra models come with rear-wheel drive with limited slip differential, independent coil-spring high-mounted double-wishbone front suspension, hydraulic power rack and pinion steering, and an impressive turning diameter of 44 ft., curb to curb, which makes it easier to navigate out of (and into) those inevitable tight places.
The Silverado is a tough competitor, to be sure, but falls short in the performance category next to the Tundra. Their 5.3L V8 engine manages 355hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The towing capacity sits at 6,600 lbs, significantly less than the Tundra, but where it does excel is in payload, where is enjoys 1,957lbs max.
One of our favorite things about the 2014 Tundras are the way that Toyota thought to create a specific grade for each unique truck driver’s lifestyle. From the rough and dirty workhorse, to the sporty model with some pep, to the luxurious penthouse style, there really is a Tundra for everyone. All Tundras are equipped with AC, an Entune audio system with touch screen display, cruise control, power accessories, and plenty of storage areas, but as you move up in grades, you’ll notice more incredible features, that appeal towards each truck’s identity. At the top of the line, the 1794 Edition enjoys an Entune Premium JBL audio system with navigation and app suite, premium perforated leather trimmed, heated and ventilated seats, a leather steering wheel, and a 3.5” MID.
The Silverado is available in 7 trim levels, ranging from the 1WT to the High Country. The basic Silverado is equipped with a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 17” wheels, an audio system with a 4.2” screen (not touch screen), power door locks an windows, and a tire pressure monitoring system. When you move all the way up to the High Country, buyers will enjoy an upgraded 8” touch screen with Chevy MyLink, a Bose sound system, Sirius XM radio, dual zone AC, and leather appointments.
Just like with every Toyota, the Tundra comes standard with the Star Safety System, a set of 6 safety features designed to keep you on the road, and safe. You’ll also get the ToyotaCare maintenance plan and roadside assistance package for free, to keep you worry free. Plus, the Tundra was a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner, a recognition that can only be earned by excelling in rigorous crash testing.
The Chevy Silverado’s IIHS ratings for 2013 were unimpressive, scoring only one top-level “Good”, with two “Acceptables” and one “Marginal”. Daytime running lights come standard, along with a full suite of airbags, but little else with advertised regarding safety.
Price & Resale Value
While similarly priced, the Tundra manages to save buyers money in the long run, thanks to it’s long term value. Built to last, the Tundra was awarded the 2014 KBB.com Best Resale Value Award, which makes it a better investment than the Silverado or any other competitor.