2015 Silverado 1500 vs Toyota Tundra

December 14th, 2015 by
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Toyota Tundra are among the best-loved full-size pickup trucks on the road. Both models have developed a reputation for towing and hauling heavy loads. Shoppers can choose from a wide range of configurations to drive away with the model that best suits their personal requirements. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, check out our side-by-side comparison.

2015 Silverado 1500 vs Toyota Tundra

Power and Performance

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ultimately delivers greater power. All but the LTZ model come standard with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. This engine is capable of towing between 5,500 and 7,600 pounds, depending on configuration. The Chevy Silverado LTZ’s standard engine is a 5.3-liter V8. This engine is available as an option for other models, generating 355 horses and 383 pound-feet of torque. Properly equipped, models with this engine can tow up to 11,500 pounds. Finally, LTZ and High Country Silverado shoppers can select the 6.2-liter V8 engine. It creates 420 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s the Silverado’s most potent engine, giving it the power to tow a maximum load of 12,000 pounds.

Toyota Tundra drivers can choose between two engines. The 4.6-liter V8 generates 310 horses and 327 pound-feet of torque. Properly equipped, models with this engine can tow up to 6,800 pounds. A 5.7-liter V8 makes 381 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque. It helps the Tundra tow its maximum load of 10,500 pounds.


The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado’s incredible range of trim models gives it the edge in this category. Shoppers can choose between five models: the WT, LT, LS, LTZ, plush High Country, and off-road-oriented Z71. There are also three available cabin models. The regular cab can be paired with either the 6.5-foot standard bed or the long, 8.2-foot bed. The extended cab comes with the standard bed. Crew cab shoppers choose between the short, 5.75-foot bed and the standard bed.

regular, double and CrewMax. There are also three similar bed lengths: the 5.5-foot short bed, the 6.5-foot standard bed, and the 8.1-foot long bed.

Driving Dynamics

On the road, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado delivers a smooth, powerful ride. Its cabin just may be the quietest in its class, maintaining a hushed interior even at highway speeds. Its overall handling characteristics lead the way in terms of agility and responsiveness.

When it comes to road feel and handling, the Tundra isn’t far behind. Like the Silverado, the Tundra is easy to steer. However, it can feel a bit more cumbersome.


This competition was almost too close to call. Both pickups earned impressive crash test scores. In government crash tests, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Tundra earned perfect five-star ratings for overall protection. Both models maximize passenger safety with a wide range of standard features, including antilock disc brakes and traction and stability control.

However, we like that almost all 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models come standard with OnStar technology, which is designed to solve problems using features like automatic crash notification and roadside assistance. Shoppers can also add a wide range of vigilance-enhancing systems, including lane departure and forward collision warning.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Although both models have much to offer, we like the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 overall. Its powerful engine lineup helps drivers tow and haul heavy loads. Shoppers can choose from a variety of configurations to enhance passenger and bed space. The Silverado’s high standards in safety maximize passenger protection. On the road, the Silverado is smooth and precise.

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