GMC Sierra vs Chevrolet Silverado

November 12th, 2020 by

Searching for a used pickup truck for sale? Yeah, you’re possibly thinking what trucks to consider and many people do not know that three of America’s top five best-selling cars happen to be pickup trucks. GMC’s Sierra and Chevrolet’s Silverado, respectively, are on the top of the list for first and second place and have fierce competition in the pickup truck industry.

You’re not alone if you have trouble deciding between the two popular models as they are similar in construction. All trucks at a competitive price deliver striking features, aggressive design, and the utmost value for your hard-earned money. So when it comes to deciding between the two trucks, it may be difficult as they have differences in their similarities. We also compared all types of vehicles in many other articles so that you can make your buying choice more insightful.

The competition for pickup trucks is as intense as ever and with both trucks taking on a new aggressive design making the decision even harder. The GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are very mechanically similar as they are produced by GM, but for 2019 they were both given an all-new look that helps a little bit more to set them apart than just the badging. Look at the differences and similarities between the all-new Silverado Chevy and Sierra GMC.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

MSRP: $35, 400

Horsepower: 285 to 420 hp

Torque: 305 to 460 lb-ft

Weight: 5,036 to 5,461

Towing Capacity: 5,500 to 9,300 lbs

Above Average: Capability/usage, quiet interior, side-steps, and luxury options

Below Average: Competitors offer more high-tech powertrains and many more options for the base model

Consensus: Modelled boldly with stylish features, and ready to work without a problem

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

MSRP: $34,800

Horsepower: 285 to 420 hp

Torque: 305 to 460 lb-ft

Weight: 5,036 to 5,461

Towing Capacity: 5,500 to 9,300 lbs

Above Average: Reliability/safety, towing and payload capacity higher than the previous year, and updated infotainment with new features.

Below Average: Conservative styling and technology

Consensus: The truck has great capability and value for a reliable package at its competitors’ price range

These close relatives of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 half-ton pickups. Both trucks share the same frame, weight differences, cab, and the length of the bed that is produced by GM. Each truck has the same three engine options available and both provide the same maximum capacity when towing. Nevertheless, these trucks are not carbon copies of GM’s latest truck model but maybe the most distinct for sale in the pickup truck market. Buyers choosing a GM-built truck between the two would likely prefer one over the other based on styling and appearances of the truck, and the special features and specs offered.

Advantages of Chevrolet Silverado:

The pricing of the Chevrolet Silverado is slightly lower than that of the GMC Sierra, but considering it would mean a difference of perhaps $20 in your monthly payments, that is minor when deciding between the two. The Chevrolet Silverado has more conventional and aggressive styling, plus a wide range of special edition trucks and features; including the black-out Midnight Edition and the High Desert Kit that includes a steel bar that lets the pickup feel like the fan-favorite Avalanche, and the High Country, with exclusive exterior elements and a rugged comfort theme outdoors. This truck has many new features added as well as a new styling for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, many say it’s a truck not going anywhere.

Advantages of GMC Sierra:

Bold, modern industrial styling distinguishes the GMC Sierra look from the Chevrolet Silverado aggressive design. There are also variations in style in the cabin for the infotainment options as well as picking out the interior. The GMC Sierra is the more expensive option out of the two, makes one think about the value of one another. Like the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra also features special editions trucks that including the Elevation, two off-road-based versions of the All Terrain, and the Denali, the most luxurious GMC Sierra you can get. The new options that are available for the GMC Sierra will let you spec out the models to an excess of $65,000 or more.


They both share the exact capacity, body weight, options for the engine and cost are almost the same being one to two thousand in between. Both have impressively silent cabs and provide Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity for a strong infotainment system that is here to last. Both trucks offer features such as a mild hybrid option, the off-road suspension kit Z71, and/or a premium luxurious model. These GMC built trucks have shown to be different within their similarities.

Bottom Line:

There are expected to be two key factors in deciding between these pickups. First, are you a Chevrolet or GMC type of person? If either brand has no reputation or family history, which style and/or special editions do you prefer? You should look at both trucks instead and create a clear choice on what truck does the job for you? Find out more about the Chevy Silverado towing capacity with the breakdown by our team.

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