Pickup trucks have always been one of the best selling vehicles in the US. Notably, amongst the half-ton trucks are the GMC Sierra and the RAM 1500. When going for a new truck, lots of options abound. However, you should always narrow your options between the two of the most stylish and technologically advanced trucks available; the GMC Sierra 1500 and the RAM 1500. The bold body design of these ever-reliable trucks speaks volume of its athletic and muscular appeal, with elegant cabins that offers much comfort and top-notch features that set them apart from the crowded truck competition. As both can be the best bet for you, you surely have to go for one. A closer look at the similarities and differences between some aspects of the top trucks will certainly be of great help in narrowing down your choice of either going for a Ram or GMC vehicle lease.
2020 GMC 1500 Vs. 2020 Ram 1500
Engine and fuel economy
The 2020 GMC Sierra comes with a 3.0-liter Inline-4, V-6, and V-8 turbodiesel engine. The new RAM gets a 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V-6 engine. The latest Sierra offers higher torque than the RAM, which makes it better at transmitting the horsepower of the engine to the wheels than the RAM 1500. Also, relative to fuel efficiency and tank size, the RAM 1500 performs poorly compared to the Sierra.
The 2020 model year RAM 1500 comes with more horsepower compared to the newest GMC Sierra 1500. In the preceding models, the GMC Sierra 1500 is clearly the choice over the RAM 1500 for pulling heavy loads. However, the current RAM offers a 12,560 pounds maximum towing rating against the new Sierra’s 9,100 pounds. Also, it overhauls the Sierra by 2,300 pounds to 1,830 pounds.
The new Sierra and RAM come close when it comes to overall length. Albeit, the Sierra 1500 is a little lesser in width making it much easier to navigate through tighter spots and parking lots than the new RAM.
Cargo and passenger space
Both the current GMC Sierra and the current RAM can accommodate the same number of passengers. With both having between five to six-passenger seating capacity, the 2020 Sierra version offers excellent head and legroom space for its passenger than the RAM. The latest Sierra 1500 surpasses the RAM 1500 in terms of cargo capacity, only with a slim margin.
With a warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles, both the refreshed GMC Sierra 1500 and the RAM 1500 shares a point here.
There’s no much disparity in the cost of both the 2020 GMC Sierra and the 2020 RAM 1500. The Sierra starts with an MSRP of $29,600 to $58,500, while the RAM’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges within $32,145 to $57,265. Nevertheless, the 2020 Sierra costs less to deliver to the dealership.
2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Vs. Ram 2500
Engine and performance
The 2020 Sierra gets an inline-4, V-6, and V-8 engines as the 2019 RAM 2500 only gets a V8 engine. The GMC Sierra offers a lesser torque compared to the RAM 2500. This implies that the new Sierra transmits horsepower to its wheels, but not as much as the RAM. Also, the RAM 2500 is way ahead of the Sierra in terms of towing ratings and maximum haulage capacity.
Cargo volume and passenger space
The GMC and RAM 2500 have a seating capacity of up to six passengers. Given that the Sierra is far wider than the RAM 2500, it could pose lots of difficulties trying to navigate through tight spots or parking spaces.
Although, the RAM 2500 provides a greater head and legroom in the extended cab. Overall, the GMC Sierra still bests the RAM 2500 in making better allowance for tall drivers and their passengers. The cargo capacity of the RAM 2500 far exceeds what is obtainable in the GMC Sierra.
There’s little or no difference in the basic warranty of both the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2019 RAM 2500.
The cost of vehicles is prone to be influenced by a couple of factors. However, the MSRP still comes to play most of the time in determining the actual cost of a vehicle. The MSRP of the GMC Sierra 1500 falls at the range of $29,600 to $58,500. The RAM 2500 MSRP goes from $33,645 to $65,950.
The GMC HD vs. RAM HD
The standard RAM’s refreshed Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel I-6 gives a 370 hp and 850 lb-ft. Also, the 2019 RAM 3500 HD is paired to a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission, that pumps out 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft torque. The 2020 model year version of the GMC’s HD 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 will continue to make 910 lb-ft but will use a new Allison 10-speed automatic. Also, given that not much has been made known about it, albeit, it is most likely to give a 445 hp, which is higher than what the RAM gets but less torque than the Ram. The engine gets a gasoline option each. The RAM comes with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 makes 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. The Sierra HD will more likely dump the current 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 for a Navistar-sourced 6.6-liter V-8, which produces more than the 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of the 2019 GMC Sierra HD.
Towing and haulage
The RAM HD is presently leading in its class, having a maximum towing capacity of 35,100 pounds with a gooseneck or fifth wheel. Although not much is known yet about the 2020 GMC Sierra HD’s towing capacity, the GM is attributed to have claimed that its 2020 Sierra HD will surpass the 30,000 pounds threshold. As a heavier diesel engine potentially lowers haulage rating, the Ram HD can deal with a maximum payload of 7,680 pounds in its bed. The 2019 Sierra HD only manages a 6, 112 pounds. The great haulage capacity of the truck makes securing a Ram lease deal, worthwhile.
With the knowledge of the payload aside, what remains is the cargo volume. The dimension of a vehicle plays a huge role in its cargo capacity. With GM promising a class-leading heavy-duty cargo bed volume in the 2020 model year, the 2019 Sierra’s HD truck has a cargo volume of 61 cubic feet with 78.9 inches in length. The long bed offers a cargo capacity of 76.3 cubic feet and a bed length of 97.8 inches. The width between wheelhouses, however, remains at 51.0 inches. The standard bed of the RAM HD is 76.3 inches long with a 57.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The long bed of 98.3 inches long has a cargo volume of 74.7 cubic feet. The wheelhouses for both beds measures 51 inches.