The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra are two of the top names in the truck market. They are long-standing favorites thanks to their tough yet stylish exteriors, their dependable performance, their expansive towing capacities, and more. These are trucks that people love to drive yet can also rely on for work or for other tough jobs.
Tim’s Truck Capital is proud to offer several previously owned models of the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra, from recent years. All of our previously owned inventory is thoroughly vetted to ensure that it is of the highest quality before we accept it for sale. We enthusiastically recommend either the GMC Sierra 1500 or the Toyota Tundra to our shoppers, but we understand that everyone has unique needs and preferences, and our knowledgeable associates are ready to help you find the right truck for you. Here’s a look into how the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra compare:
The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra have similar profiles, but year to year, you will see some of the same differences emerging. While both trucks have a wide profile, the Sierra 1500 tends to be a bit thicker and brawnier looking, with a more dramatic grille. The Sierra 1500 doesn’t just look bigger, thanks to its styling, but it has a few inches on the Tundra by length and width. The Tundra has a bit more ground clearance, but you’ll find that both trucks give you plenty of room to clear terrain.
The Sierra 1500 has a longer wheelbase, which offers smoother handling and overall ride comfort. Both trucks have large, aluminum wheels, as well as exterior features like LED headlights, power-adjustable side mirrors, and an easy-lift tailgate.
The Sierra 1500 has a few exterior features that enhance access and convenience, such as a step to get into the truck bed, LED cargo bed lighting for improved visibility, and tailgate speakers for festivities. Both trucks have bed materials that are selected for their resistance to rust, denting, and other common bed damage.
Both the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra offer stylish and comfortable interiors, though there can be great variety depending on the model year and the trim level. Generally, the Sierra 1500 offers slightly more room than the Tundra, with more head room, shoulder room, and leg room. The maximum seating on the Sierra is for six, while the Tundra maxes out at five passengers.
Typically, cloth or vinyl seating is standard on these trucks, but perforated leather seating becomes available on the higher trim levels, as do a host of features.
One of the biggest priorities for most people looking at heavy duty trucks like the Sierra 1500 and the Tundra is how well the truck performs. Is it powerful enough? Is it dependable? The answer to both questions for both the Sierra 1500 and the Tundra is a resounding yes.
For base model trucks, the Toyota Tundra comes out ahead of the GMC Sierra 1500. The 2022 model had a 3.5-liter V6 engine that put out 348 horsepower, while the 2022 Sierra 1500 had a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that put out 310 horsepower. However, the Sierra 1500 came with four engine options, while the Tundra only came with two. You had the option to get significantly more power by moving up the trim levels and getting one of the more powerful engine options. The same has been roughly true across the last several model years.
Both trucks are available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and both are paired with an automatic transmission for ease of handling.
The towing capacity on these two trucks is about the same, though the Sierra 1500 comes out ahead by a few hundred pounds in recent model years. Expect towing capacity to be between 8,000 and 13,000 pounds for these two, depending on model year and configuration.
Work trucks aren’t known for being loaded with technology or convenience features, but the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra are both changing that. They both have great infotainment systems and other features that make driving convenient and fun.
Recent models of the Sierra 1500 have Google Built-In (with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and other Google features), a multi-view trailer camera, heated and ventilated seats, massaging seats, a large touchscreen display, and a premium sound system. Meanwhile, recent models of the Tundra have features like heated and ventilated seats in the front and rear, a panoramic roof with sunshade, a rear window that rolls all the way down, off-road cruise control, and an Intelligent Assistant operated with driver- and passenger-side microphones.
Of course, the higher you move up the trim levels, the more features you access. Options packages are also available new. When you are buying previously owned inventory, you can get a truck that was loaded with options at a fraction of the price.
While you may see some slight variations between the two trucks - and between the model years and trim levels - you’ll mostly find the same, solid slate of safety features. The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra are both outfitted with full airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, enhanced suspension, assisted braking, lane departure warning, rearview camera, and more. Additional cameras are available on higher trim levels, such for rear cross-path and blind spot monitoring.
The choice between the GMC Sierra 1500 and the Toyota Tundra comes down to what you need in a truck and what appeals to your personal style. Tim’s Truck Capital is proud to offer both trucks, and we enthusiastically recommend them both. Our knowledgeable associates are ready to help you explore the finer differences between them and what features are available in our current models. Visit us today to start exploring your options and to take a test drive. We’ll help you find the perfect truck for you.