GMC Sierra vs. RAM 1500

July 19th, 2020 by

2021 Red GMC Sierra 1500 driving in mud

Shopping for a truck can be a major decision. It’s important to decide carefully as to which one you want to spend your hard-earned money on. Two major competitors right now are the GMC Sierra and the Ram 1500. 

Both are great options, but it’s important to consider factors like towing power, gas mileage, engine power, and other features. Here are some of the important things to know about each of these models. 

Towing Power

The amount of towing power that you’ll need is going to depend greatly upon what you plan to do with your new truck.

The towing power of the GMC Sierra tops out a ridiculous 13,400 pounds. This allows the vehicle to tow nearly anything you could need to, from heavy trailers to super-large campers. Its massive tow power makes it perfect for anyone looking for a heavy-duty, incredibly powerful towing truck.  

The Ram 1500, on the other hand, has a towing power that maxes out at about 7,700 pounds. While this isn’t as much tow power as the GMC Sierra boasts, it still is plenty enough to satisfy the towing needs of most people. Believe it or not, the Ram 1500’s hefty hauling ability is still enough power to pull large items, including a 30-foot camper!

Gas Mileage 

Gas mileage is more important for those looking to use their truck for long-term travel. Whether that travel is for work or pleasure, good gas mileage can provide a fantastic advantage. 

The GMC Sierra has a gas efficiency averaging of about 18 mpg. This number is a combination of both the GMC Sierra’s city gas mileage, which is about 16 mpg, and its highway mileage of about 21 mpg. 

Although not by much, the Ram 1500 does have a slightly more efficient gas mileage, boasting a combined gas mileage of about 17 mpg. With the Ram 1500, you’ll enjoy a gas efficiency of about 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Engine Power

The power of a truck’s engine can be incredibly important when it comes down to what exactly you’re planning on hauling, so take a close look here at what’s available between the Ram vs. GMC options.

The engine power of the GMC Sierra varies greatly depending on what engine model you select. For the 2020 GMC Sierra, most GMC dealers offer four different engine types.

These include:

  1. The 2.7L turbo engine: 310 horsepower and 348 pounds per foot of torque.
  2. The 3.0L turbo-diesel engine: 277 horsepower and 460 pounds per foot of torque.
  3. The 5.2L V8 engine: 355 horsepower and 383 pounds per foot of torque.
  4. The 6.2L V8 engine: 420 horsepower and 460 pounds per foot of torque.

The Ram 1500 offers three different engine choices each with their capabilities. Before deciding which of these to choose, it’s important to know the abilities of each. These engines include:

  1. The 3.0 L EcoDiesel V6 engine: 240 horsepower with 420 pounds per foot of torque.
  2. The 3.6 L V6 engine: 305 horsepower with 206 pounds per foot of torque.
  3. The 5.7 LV8 engine: 395 horsepower with 410 pounds per foot of torque.

Extra Features

In today’s vehicle market, you can’t purchase a new vehicle without first noting the vehicle’s extra features. These features can be what makes the difference when choosing between a Ram and a GMC:

Extra Features of the Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is host to a large number of various features that help make this truck even more attractive than it already was. 

Multifunctional Tailgate

The multifunction tailgate allows the driver to utilize these trucks’ tailgates to their fullest capabilities. These tailgates not only can open in multiple different directions, but they can also be removed if necessary to allow easier access to the truck bed.

A 33-Gallon Gas Tank

This massive gas tank makes long-distance travel far easier because it requires far fewer stops to refill. 

12-Inch Touch Screen

Featuring a 12-inch touch screen that can be utilized for several features (including a rearview backup camera), the Ram 1500 is any tech nerd’s dream. 

RamBox Cargo Management System 

For an additional $950, any buyer can add two massive storage areas on either side of the truck’s tailgate. 

Four-Corner Air Suspension 

This feature of the Ram 1500 allows the driver to control the height at which this truck sits. This can be especially useful when loading heavy cargo, as it can allow the truck to sit lower when you’re loading and higher when you’re driving. 

Extra Features of the GMC Sierra

Although the Ram 1500 does possess several impressive features, the GMC Sierra is no stranger to innovation. It has several impressive features, all of which make the truck even more impressive. 

Bed-View Camera

This extra feature allows the driver to view what is happening in the bed of the truck without ever needing to turn around.

Accessory Multi Pro Audio System

As a truck with such an impressive design, it only fits that it can come with an even more impressive audio system. 

Wireless Charging Pad

New technology has created the wireless charging pad, allowing you to charge your phone with no cords necessary. Now with the GMC Sierra, you can have this technology implemented into your car. 

Premium GMC Infotainment System 

As an extra feature, you can add this infotainment system capable of performing voice recognition, serving as a hotspot, and serving as a navigation system.

Android Auto Capability

This allows anyone using an Android device in the vehicle to wirelessly connect to the truck for easier navigation with the touch of a button. 

Which Truck Should You Choose?

Both of these trucks are fantastic vehicles that make it a difficult choice for any driver having to pick between these newest Ram vs. GMC trucks. If interested in other makes, consider comparing the Sierra 1500 vs the Toyota Tacoma  or the Chevy Silverado 1500.

It’s also important to remember that if you aren’t completely sold yet on either of these trucks, you can always take a look between the Ram 2500 vs the GMC 2500 at Sweeney Buick GMC. Both are heavy-duty trucks with a variety of different configurations.

However, if you would like one of these models or simply wish to learn more, be sure to contact us at Sweeney Buick GMC. We can help make sure you make the best decision for your needs. 

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