Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Toyota TUNDRA VS 2016 GMC Sierra Near Greenville, NC

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2016 Toyota TUNDRA

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2016 Toyota TUNDRA

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2016 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Tundra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Sierra has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Tundra (except SR/TRD Pro)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sierra doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Tundra and the Sierra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra is safer than the GMC Sierra:

Tundra

Sierra

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

15

68

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Hip Force

120 lbs.

269 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

36

78

Spine Acceleration

19 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

274 lbs.

516 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

682 lbs.

971 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Tundra’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Tundra have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Sierra.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Toyota Tundra 4x4’s reliability will be 134% better than the GMC Sierra 4x4 and the Toyota Tundra 2WD is 118% better than the GMC Sierra 2WD.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra is faster than the GMC Sierra:

Tundra 4.6

Tundra 5.7

Sierra V6

Sierra 5.3 V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

6 sec

7.4 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

14.6 sec

15.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

93.6 MPH

88.6 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Tundra uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Sierra with the 6.2 V8 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tundra Double Cab/CrewMax’s optional fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra Long Bed’s standard fuel tank (38 vs. 34 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tundra’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra:

Tundra

Sierra

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 inches

The Tundra stops shorter than the Sierra:

Tundra

Sierra

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Tundra has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sierra.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tundra’s wheelbase is longer than on the Sierra:

Tundra

Sierra

Extended Cab Standard Bed

145.7 inches

143.5 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.6 inches

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

145.7 inches

143.5 inches

The Tundra Standard Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Sierra 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tundra’s turning circle is tighter than the Sierra’s:

Tundra

Sierra

Extended Cab Standard Bed

44 feet

46.9 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed

44 feet

47.2 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

46.9 feet

Extended Cab Long Bed 4x4

49 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

44 feet

47.2 feet

For greater off-road capability the Tundra has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra 1500 Standard Box Regular Cab (10.6 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Tundra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tundra’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Sierra 1500 Double Cab (10.6 vs. 8.9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tundra Regular Cab has 1.3 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra Regular Cab.

The Tundra Double Cab has 1.9 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra Double Cab.

The Tundra CrewMax has 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tundra Standard Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Standard Bed (66.3 vs. 61 cubic feet). The Tundra Long Bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Long Bed (82.5 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

The Tundra CrewMax has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Crew Cab Short Bed (56.1 vs. 53.4 cubic feet).

The Toyota Tundra has a standard Easy Lower and Lift Tailgate, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist is only available on the GMC Sierra SLE/SLT/Denali.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tundra’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Sierra’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Tundra Limited has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Sierra doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Tundra has standard power remote mirrors. The Sierra only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tundra’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. GMC charges extra for heated mirrors on the Sierra.

Both the Tundra and the Sierra offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tundra Double Cab/CrewMax has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tundra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Sierra.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Tundra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Tundra will retain 52.06% to 66.97% of its original price after five years, while the Sierra only retains 46.28% to 58.21%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tundra will be $509 to $3055 less than for the GMC Sierra.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend selected the Tundra as their 2008 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.

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