The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is a versatile full-size pickup that Watsonville GMC shoppers can get configured for every purpose, including a capable work truck, a rough and ready off-road vehicle, a powerful towing machine and a comfortable daily driver. Buyers also get to choose between several powerful engines.
Some pickup buyers who are looking at the GMC Sierra 1500 may also be considering the 2020 Toyota Tundra, a full-size pickup that competes with the Sierra. We’ll look at both trucks to see which one comes out on top.
Most buyers must consider a truck’s price before making a final purchase decision. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $29,600. The starting MSRP of the 2020 Toyota Tundra is $33,575. Sierra 1500 buyers at dealers like the GMC dealership near Watsonville will save nearly $4,000 compared with those who choose the Tundra.
The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is available with a choice of five different engines, while the 2020 Toyota Tundra has a sole engine on offer, a 5.7-liter V8 that develops 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra 1500’s range-topping 6.2-liter V8 puts out an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The Sierra 1500 has an available 10-speed automatic transmission that provides exceptional acceleration and lower engine speed when driving at highways speeds. The Tundra only gets a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The Sierra 1500’s optional driver-adjustable suspension lets the driver select between a soothing, comfortable ride that keeps passengers relaxed and a sport setting that provides optimum control for situations that call for sharp handling. There’s no comparable feature available for the Tundra.
The Sierra’s longer wheelbase provides more stable handling than the Tundra. The Sierra 1500 Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted has more minimum ground clearance than the Tundra Standard Bed Double Cab, which allows the Sierra to drive over rough off-road trails without damage or the need to stop.
If you’d like a truck that gets great fuel economy for its segment, you’ll choose the GMC Sierra 1500 over the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra gets up to an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway with two-wheel drive.* All five of the Sierra 1500’s engines beat those figures, with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 returning 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway with two-wheel drive.
Towing and Hauling
The 2020 Sierra 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, while the 2020 Tundra maxes out at 10,200 pounds. The Sierra also has a much greater standard payload capacity than the Tundra.
The Sierra has a larger cargo box than the Tundra. Meanwhile, the Sierra’s standard CornerStep make it easy to access the cargo space. The Tundra doesn’t have a CornerStep.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra is a good pickup, but when you compare it with the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, the Tundra falls short. The Sierra has a lower starting MSRP, a more powerful engine, better fuel economy and a higher towing capacity than the Tundra.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.