The 2021 Chevy Silverado Dominates the 2021 Toyota Tundra In Consumer Reports’ Road Test

Even though the Toyota Tundra is the number two rated truck by Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Silverado dominates it in the road test. Even though the Tundra has a higher rating, the Silverado has a better road test score. So which should you buy, the 2021 Chevy Silverado, or the 2021 Toyota Tundra?

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Is the 2021 Chevy Silverado or 2021 Toyota Tundra safer?

The Chevy Silverado scores a 78 in the road test, while the Tundra only scores a 59. So why did the Silverado get a better score?

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 scores a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine and emergency handling receive a mediocre 3/5. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s max avoidance speed is 50 mph. Braking is decent in the Silverado 1500, at a 4. The Silverado 1500 takes 136 feet to brake from 60 mph on dry pavement and 148 feet on wet pavement.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Toyota Tundra scores a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds. Its transmission scores a 5/5. Routine handling receives a mediocre 3/5, while emergency handling only gets a 2/5. The Toyota Tundra’s max avoidance speed is 44 mph. Braking is abdominal in the Tundra, at a 1. The Tundra takes 153 feet to brake from 60 mph on dry pavement and 178 feet on wet pavement.

The Silverado is pretty safe

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t come standard with many of these features. It only has rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city speeds, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are optional. Automatic emergency braking at highway speeds isn’t optional for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The IIHS crash-tested the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the results are mostly good. The exception is the front small overlap, passenger side rating, which is marginal. 

The NHTSA has crash-tested the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and gave it four stars for its overall crash, overall frontal-crash, and overall frontal-crash on the driver and passenger side. The overall side crash, side-crash driver and rear passenger side, and side pole-crash all get five stars. The rollover rating for both the 4WD and 2WD is four stars.

The Toyota Tundra’s safety ratings aren’t that great

The 2021 Toyota Tundra comes standard with nearly all of the Consumer Reports recommended advanced safety features. The exceptions are blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, and daytime running lights, which are optional. Unfortunately, lane-keeping assist isn’t available. 

The IIHS crash-tested the 2021 Toyota Tundra, and the results are mixed. The front moderate overlap, side crash, and rear crash test results are good. However, the roof crush score is only acceptable, and the front small overlap, driver side is marginal. The front small overlap, passenger side rating is poor. 

The NHTSA has crash-tested the 2021 Toyota Tundra and gave it four stars for its overall crash, overall frontal-crash, and overall frontal-crash on the driver and passenger side. The overall side crash, side-crash driver and rear passenger side, and side pole-crash all get five stars. The rollover rating for both the 4WD is four stars, but the 2WD score is only three stars.

With its poor brakes and safety ratings, it isn’t surprising that the Chevy Silverado has a higher road test score. What is surprising is that the Tundra scores so much higher than the Silverado overall with these test score ratings. Perhaps people are willing to forgive the shortcomings of their favorite truck. 

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