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The 2021 Chevy Silverado Is a Stronger Alternative to the Toyota Tundra

Chances are if you’re in the market for a new pickup, you want one that offers up a decent amount of towing power. After all, that’s what pickups are meant to do. Unfortunately for the Toyota Tundra, while it is a full-size truck that’s rated to tow an impressive amount, there are alternatives that are able to tow even more. 

A white Chevy Silverado pictured at an auto show.
Chevy Silverado | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

How strong is the 2021 Toyota Tundra?

According to Car and Driver, the Toyota Tundra is among the oldest pickups in its class. It hasn’t been redesigned in several years, though it would definitely benefit from one. As dated as the Toyota Tundra is, though, Car and Driver reports that it’s “still a dutiful hauler.”

But just how dutiful of a hauler is the Toyota Tundra, you may find yourself asking. Well, according to Toyota, this year’s Toyota Tundra can tow up to 10,200-pounds when properly equipped. This year’s Tundra also boasts a maximum payload capacity of 1,730-pounds. 

Here’s the thing, for some, a pickup truck that can tow up to 10,200-pounds is more than able to satisfy their everyday towing and hauling needs. But if you’re the kind of pickup shopper that needs even more towing power? You’re going to want to consider a stronger alternative to the 2021 Toyota Tundra. Take, for example, the 2021 Chevy Silverado.

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Pick the 2021 Chevy Silverado for a stronger alternative to the Toyota Tundra

Now, there’s no denying that the Toyota Tundra can tow a pretty impressive amount. Really, a maximum towing capacity of 10,200-pounds is nothing to scoff at. But if you’re in need of a pickup that’s able to tow even more? You should probably consider the 2021 Chevy Silverado as a stronger alternative to the Toyota Tundra.

Unlike the Toyota Tundra, the Chevy Silverado boasts a maximum towing capacity of 13,300-pounds when properly equipped. That means opting for a Chevy Silverado with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine under the hood. Fortunately, the Silverado’s available V8 engine is offered on several trims, including the Silverado High Country, LTZ, LT Trail Boss, RST, and the Chevy Silverado Custom Trail Boss.

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Is the Chevy Silverado a good truck?

The 2021 Chevy Silverado may be a stronger alternative to the 2021 Toyota Tundra but is it actually a good truck? According to Car and Driver, the Silverado isn’t quite as popular as some of its competition. It’s certainly less refined than the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500, Car and Driver reports.

It does, however, offer plenty of features. Car and Driver highlighted specific features such as the Silverado’s many trailer assist technologies. It also lauded the Silverado for offering handy features like an available multi-function tailgate and a digital rearview mirror that provides the driver with an unobstructed view of what’s behind the truck.

A man loading wood into the 2021 Chevy Silverado's Multi-Flex Tailgate
2021 Chevy Silverado Multi-Flex Tailgate | Chevrolet

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Is the Chevy Silverado reliable?

On top of being a stronger alternative to the Toyota Tundra, the 2021 Chevy Silverado is also a fairly reliable pickup truck. While Consumer Reports did give it a one out of five predicted reliability rating, J.D. Power gave it a ‘Great’ overall quality and reliability rating.

According to Repair Pal, the Chevy Silverado’s average annual repair cost is approximately $714 too. Overall, that means it has average ownership costs. Repair Pal added that While repairs tend to be more severe, they happen so infrequently that major repairs are fairly uncommon.