|277-420 HP||Horsepower||381 HP|
|305-460 lb-ft||Torque||401 lb-ft|
|12,100 LBS||Max Towing Capacity||10,200 LBS|
If you’ve narrowed your next truck purchase down to the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2020 Toyota Tundra, you’re doing a lot better than most prospective truck buyers. When it comes to full-sized pickup trucks, drivers have plenty of options. With plenty of options come plenty of decisions that need to be made. Every rugged truck is going to have a driver who swears it’s the best truck they’ve ever had, and that’s the goal. For most of us on the road, a heavy-duty truck is more than a vehicle. It’s a coworker, a storage facility, an office, a meeting room, and a means of transportation for the whole crew, and even the whole family. Drivers want a truck that will stand the test of time.
In 2020, a full-sized pickup truck needs to be able to haul a lot: a lot of people, a lot of cargo, and even a loaded-down trailer. It also needs to be comfortable to drive. That means seats that support and adjust, and technology that makes the drive enjoyable. It also needs safety technology that helps keep everyone on the road and at the site visible and out of harm’s way. Both the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2020 Toyota Tundra have a lot of great features, but only one can be the ultimate truck for you and your needs. Let’s take a look at both and compare to help you decide which truck will be pulling into your driveway in the new model year.
Historically, no one really chose a full-sized pickup truck for the comfort factor. Those days are gone. Today, truck manufacturers, including GMC and Toyota, understand that drivers and passengers alike want to be able to drive long distances without bringing an extra pillow.
When it comes to cabins, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 offers a lot more space. Taller and more long-legged drivers will have more room to stretch. As a result, the Sierra is a bit wider than the Tundra, but they share a similar overall length. The GMC is offered in Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab, while the Tundra is offered in Double Cab and CrewMax cab configurations only. While folding bench seats come standard on both models for both front and rear seats (as applicable depending on model), higher trim packages, such as the Sierra Denali, and Tundra Limited and Platinum, offer bucket seats, ideal for the long haul. Additional comfort features, including heated, ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and adjustable steering columns are available options for most models, but standard on the higher trims.
For those who spend a significant amount of time in their trucks, the interior of each model has been carefully designed. Both vehicles also offer a standard touch screen on all models, which includes Bluetooth integration and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing drivers to enjoy the tunes of their choice, personalized navigation, and access to their contacts when they’re on the road. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 includes storage compartments inside the rear outboard seats, a phone storage tray on the instrument panel, available rear under-seat storage, large lighted and lockable center console, as well as upper and lower gloveboxes. The Tundra also offers a large center console when bucket seats are chosen.
A big truck needs to be drive-able, with plenty of power to get cargo and trailers where they need to be. The 2020 Toyota Tundra offers a choice of only one engine, having discontinued the base 4.6L V8 from 2019. Instead, all Tundras are equipped with a 5.7 V8 engine, with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This allows for a towing capacity between 8,800 lbs and 10,200 lbs, depending on the configuration.
The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 offers five different engine options, depending on the trim chosen. The base engine is a 4.3L V6, which brings 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft torque. There is an available 2.7L four-cylinder engine, offering 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft torque, and a 5.3L V8 engine offering 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft torque. The optional 6.2L V8 engine takes things to a new level with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft torque. Additionally, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 features a 3.0L Turbo Diesel Duramax I6 with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. Depending on the configuration, the Sierra can tow between 6,600 lbs and 12,100 lbs.
Each truck includes a suite of options to make trailering and towing easier than ever. The Toyota Tundra includes a bumper-integrated 4-/7- pin connector, allowing drivers with compatible trailers to hitch, plug, and drive. It also has an intuitive Tow/Haul mode that keeps gears even. Optional Integrated Trailer Brake Control and Trailer Sway Control help keep loads balanced with even brake pressure. The GMC Sierra 1500 offers optional trailer assist mirrors, integrated trailer brake control, and an available ProGrade Trailering System, which is an in-vehicle app that monitors trailer stats and maintenance cues. It also features an available auto electric parking brake assist, which is an industry-first.
Each vehicle is offered in a variety of trim packages that vary from practical to extremely luxurious.
The base GMC Sierra 1500 is well equipped with air conditioning, rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. The SLE trim includes remote keyless entry and an optional bed camera system to assist with trailer hitching and monitoring. The Elevation model includes a remote locking tailgate, rear seat USB ports, and LED fog lights. The SLT offers the MultiPro rear tailgate. This six-position tailgate can be configured as a table, an extension, a step, and more. The Denali trim, which is the top of the line, adds a Driver Alert package, seven-speaker Bose sound system, power assist steps, heads-up display, and rear camera mirror. Optional packages include the Driver Alert 1 package, which includes a full suite of driver assistance monitors and alerts for trims SLE and higher. The AT4 trim is essentially an off-road capable SLT, with a 2-inch suspension lift, standard four-wheel-drive, all-terrain tires, hill control, and a terrain based selectable traction control system.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra offers a full suite of standard equipment on its SR model, as well, including trailer brake control, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, forward collision warning with automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The SR5 package upgrades the infotainment system, ads bucket seats to the front, and adds the coveted 38-gallon gas tank. The Limited trim package has larger wheels, tie-down cleats, leather upholstery, power driver’s seat, and infotainment with navigation. The Platinum trim is the top tier of luxury for the Tundra, and includes a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and a premium JBL 12-speaker sound system. An off-road package is available on SR5, Limited, and 1794 Style Edition, which adds large aluminum Fox shocks, forged wheels, and a front skid plate to enable more range off the beaten track.