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The 2021 Toyota Tundra Destroyed the 2021 Chevy Silverado on Consumer Reports

The 2021 Toyota Tundra is a polarizing truck that is far from perfect. The Toyota Tundra is a bit outdated, can get a little pricey, and is a bit clumsy, but it’s still a Toyota 4×4, which has an inherent value that is hard to unseat. Although the Tundra isn’t perfect, it still beat the pants off the 2021 Chevy Silverado on Consumer Reports. 

A white Toyota Tundra parked at an auto show.
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Consumer Reports chose the 2021 Toyota Tundra over the 2021 Chevy Silverado

The 2021 Toyota Tundra got an overall score of 63/100. This may not sound all that good, but it is tied with the 2021 Ram 1500 for the highest-rated 2021 full-size truck tested by Consumer Reports. The 2021 Toyota Tundra starts at $34,025 and tops out at $53,400. 

The 2021 Chevy Silverado landed a rough 45/100 and scored the lowest reliability rating of any pickup truck from the same segment. Consumer Reports doesn’t like very many pickup trucks, generally speaking, but the reliability of the Chevy Silverado was a real dagger to an otherwise decent truck. The 2021 Chevy Silverado starts significantly;y cheaper than the Tundra at $29,300 but reaches all the way up to $57,700 in the top trim. 

The best pickup truck engine

The Chevy Silverado comes with way more engine options than the Toyota Tundra. The smallest option is the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and the biggest is the 6.2-liter V8. For the sake of simplicity, we will only worry about the CR-tested 5.3-liter V8. Also, this is the closest equivalent to the Toyota Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8.

The Toyota Tundra is still using the same 5.7-liter V8 used for over 10 years now. This has been a point of contention for many buyers. It is a great, reliable engine, but many customers find it frustrating to pay for a brand new truck and get a ten-year-old motor. 

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado RST driving
2021 Chevy Silverado | Chevrolet

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The 2021 Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V8 makes 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 5.3-liter V8 in the 2021 Chevy Silverado makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. These power figures don’t exactly correlate. 

For instance, the Toyota Tundra makes more power but has a max towing load of 10,200 lbs. Even though the Chevy Silverado has less power and torque, it can tow up to 11,500 lbs when configured properly.

Is 2021 Chevy Silverado a reliable pickup truck? 

According to Consumer Reports, the predicted reliability got a 1 / 5. This is due to polling owners of previous models and seeing the trend in reliability issues. The Chevy Silverado has struggled with brakes, engine, electronics, and transmission issues. 

2021 Toyota Tundra parked in a field in the mountains
2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

Meanwhile, the 2021 Toyota Tundra scored a 4 / 5 on reliability. This is why Toyota has been slow to replace or even significantly update the 5.7-liter V8. It may not be very efficient, but it is super tough and dependable, and that goes for the rest of the truck as well. 

Which is the most comfortable pickup truck? 

Consumer Reports seems to give the Chevy Silverado the edge here, generally speaking. When it comes to handling, the Chevy is described as “responsive” and “surprisingly capable.” 

2021 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss in red parked in front of some mountains
2021 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss | GM

The Tundra, on the other hand, was a different story. The cabin is quiet and comfortable enough, but the steering is said to “lack feel.” Its braking and emergency handling tests didn’t go all that well either, reaching its limits quickly. 

The Tundra might have a slight advantage over the Silverado on interior quality. This is not a particularly strong suit for either of these utility vehicles. CR mentions the heavy use of plastics inside the Silverado, while the Tundra also uses a bit of plastic and manages to stay within “par for the course.” 

The Toyota Tundra is the better all-around truck

Overall, the Tundra and Silverado are closer than they appear at first glance. However, once you factor in the extreme divide between reliability in these trucks, the superior truck becomes clear very quickly.