|285-420 HP||Horsepower||310-381 HP|
|305-460 lb-ft||Torque||327-401 lb-ft|
|7,600-12,500 LBS||Towing Capacity||6,800-10,100 LBS|
Trying to decide between the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra? You’ve chosen two of the most powerful full-size pickup trucks on the market. Both vehicles offer class-leading performance, as well as numerous standard and available entertainment and safety features. However, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is the more balanced and more affordable vehicle.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is incredibly powerful and capable, with performance specs that rival nearly every vehicle in the full-size pickup truck class. Drivers can even choose from up to four engine options (5 if you include the dynamic fuel management alternative), including an incredibly efficient standard engine. On the inside, the new Sierra offers an advanced entertainment suite and an upscale interior. The centerpiece of the Sierra’s cabin is its standard 7-inch touchscreen display, which can even be upgraded to an 8-inch display. Meanwhile, standard and available safety features are also abundant on all models.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra is also extremely powerful and capable, featuring one of the highest maximum towing capacities available. However, it falls short of the Sierra in more than a few areas of performance including horsepower, torque, and efficiency. When it comes to entertainment, the 2019 Toyota Tundra does offer a nice standard entertainment suite, but it lacks Apple CarPlay and offers only a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. The 2019 Toyota Tundra also offers numerous standard safety features, thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense package.
Overall, both vehicles are excellent choices in the full-size pickup truck class. However, the 2019 GMC Sierra offers more versatility and a more upscale cabin at a lower starting MSRP. But before you decide for certain between the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2019 Toyota Tundra, let’s take a closer look at these two vehicles.
If you’re interested in purchasing a full-size pickup truck, you’re probably looking for a certain level of power, capability, and efficiency. While both the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2019 Toyota Tundra offer plenty in the category of performance, the Sierra is the more well-rounded and affordable vehicle.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 offers more engine options than nearly every vehicle in its class, making it easy to customize your truck based on your needs. These options include the standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, as well as a 4.3L V6 engine, a 5.3L V8 engine (there’s also one available with dynamic fuel management), and a 6.2L V8 engine. The standard engine is the most efficient choice, earning up to 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. However, for the ultimate in power, you’ll want to choose the 6.2L V8 engine which produces up to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft torque. When properly equipped, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 LBS, which is higher than almost all of the competitors in the full-size pickup truck class. With this high level of power and capability, as well as a low starting MSRP of $33,500, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is one of the highest valued vehicles on the market.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra is a strong contender in the full-size pickup truck class in terms of performance and especially capability. The Tundra has a high maximum towing capacity of 10,100 LBS, made possible by its 5.7L V8 engine. However, in terms of horsepower and torque the Tundra still comes in with lower specs than the Sierra. At most, the 2019 Toyota Tundra is capable of producing up to 381 hp and 401 lb-ft torque. The Tundra also has poor efficiency, even when equipped with its standard 4.6L V8 engine which earns fuel economy ratings of up to 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. These ratings drop even further when the Tundra is equipped with its 5.7L V8 engine, quickly making you a regular at the gas pump. And with the Tundra’s starting MSRP, this efficiency becomes even more expensive.
Staying connected has become a top priority among consumers looking for a new vehicle. While some truck manufacturers still stick to practical and essentially bare-bone models, both the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2019 Toyota Tundra have adapted to provide advanced entertainment suites onboard even their base models.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 offers one of the best entertainment suites in its class, offering a long list of standard features for its price. These features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Sierra is also generous in terms of available entertainment features, allowing drivers to upgrade to premium features like navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging, and a WiFi hotspot. The GMC infotainment system is also praised by drivers and critics for being extremely user-friendly, responsive, and intuitive. Overall, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is the ideal vehicle for drivers looking for an advanced entertainment suite for no additional cost.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra also offers a nice selection of standard and available features across its trim levels. On the base model, drivers can enjoy standard features including a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and 6-speaker sound system. However, the 2019 Toyota Tundra still lacks Apple CarPlay and is quite limited in terms of smartphone integration. Other Toyota models have just started adding Apple CarPlay as a feature, so it is unclear why it is not available on the Tundra. However, this is an indication that later Tundra models will soon offer this feature. The Tundra’s list of available entertainment features is short but offers a 7-inch touchscreen display, navigation, HD radio, and satellite radio. Compared to the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, the 2019 Toyota Tundra falls short in the category of entertainment by offering a smaller standard touchscreen and lacking Apple CarPlay.
In terms of safety, the 2019 Toyota Tundra offers one of the longest lists of standard safety features in its class due to the Toyota Safety Sense package. However, with higher safety ratings and the inclusion of Teed driver technology, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 still manages to take the win in this category.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 earned a perfect 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA after numerous crash tests. Helping the Sierra achieve these scores are several standard and available safety features across the truck’s six trim levels. On the base model, standard features include a rearview camera and Teen Driver technology. Meanwhile, available safety features include an abundance of driver assist technologies like blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert seat, head-up display, surround view camera, lane change alert, front and rear parking sensors, low-speed forward automatic braking, pedestrian detection, and forward collision warning. With the low starting MSRP of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, upgrading to available safety features is surprisingly affordable and helps makes the Sierra a popular option among drivers.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra offers a long list of standard safety features through its Toyota Safety Sense package. This package includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and brake assist. However, even with all of these driver assist features as standard, the 2019 Toyota Tundra received mixed safety ratings including low scores in several key areas like the roof strength and drive-side small overlap front tests from the IIHS. While the 2019 Toyota Tundra offers a longer list of standard safety features than the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, it is unable to earn high safety ratings in all categories. The Tundra also lacks Teen Driver technology, which has become a required feature for many parents of teen drivers.