Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Toyota TUNDRA VS 2018 GMC Sierra Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Toyota TUNDRA

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2018 Toyota TUNDRA

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2018 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.

The Tundra’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sierra doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Tundra Double Cab is safer than the Sierra Crew Cab:

 

Tundra

Sierra

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

11 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.9/3.4 kN

4.5/4.7 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/1%

2%/2%

Lower Leg Evaluation

POOR

POOR

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.

The Toyota Tundra has a better fatality history. The Tundra was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 5.8% lower per vehicle registered than the Sierra, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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 a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tundra’s reliability 51 points higher than the Sierra.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tundra third among large light duty pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Sierra isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked fifth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. GMC is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8 is faster than the GMC Sierra 5.3 V8:

 

Tundra

Sierra

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 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 Limited/Platinum/1794’s standard 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 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

The Tundra TRD Sport has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tundra TRD Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 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 Double Cab short bed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Double Cab short bed (66.3 vs. 61 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 offers optional 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tundra has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sierra doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Tundra owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Tundra with a number “9” insurance rate while the Sierra is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

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 58.46% to 79.99% of its original price after five years, while the Sierra only retains 51.56% to 59.89%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tundra is less expensive to operate than the Sierra because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Tundra than the Sierra, including $47 less for a water pump, $212 less for an alternator and $114 less for front brake pads.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tundra will be $3803 to $5018 less than for the GMC Sierra.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Tundra, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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