Sierra vs Ram

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Vs. 2019 Ram 1500

Find your top truck!

Truck buyers, be aware — there is much to consider when making your purchase, from bed volume and interior styling to luxury features and ride quality. Your decision between the full-size GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500 may come down to price, comfort, performance and safety features. While both have good towing capacity, a rugged appeal and powerful engine options, only one stands out as the top truck. Find out more!

Under hood

When you purchase a truck, many are considering their engine options, and in this case, the GMC takes the lead and has your back! In comparison to the Ram, which offers three to four engine options, the Sierra brings an impressive four options to the table. Those include the 2.7L 4-Cylinder Engine as well as the 4.3L V6, the 5.3L V8 and the 6.2L V8 engines. The Ram offers the 3.6L V6, the 5.7L V8, the 5.7L V8 with eTorque and the 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel. No matter the power you desire, the Sierra 1500 gives you options in order to customize your vehicle. The GMC also leads the Ram in the area of horsepower and torque. With its best engine, it produces a hefty 420 hp and up to 460 lb-ft torque, with the Ram falling behind at only 395 hp and 410 lb-ft torque. This means that when it comes to power and performance, the Sierra is definitely your top choice.

Leading tailgates

Both the Ram and Sierra take center stage when it comes to their tailgates, both of which represent the future in the field. The Ram’s Multifunction tailgate features an asymmetrical 60:40 split-type, barn-door gate which can fold down traditionally or swing open as an actual door. The Ram’s gate also brings forth a different configuration in that it kicks out from under the driver’s side of the rear bumper. Also notable in the Ram’s tailgate is the toolbox on the side of the bed, a convenient and useful feature for those drivers who desire to bring their tools wherever they go!

By comparison the GMC’s MultiPro tailgate is impressive, although a bit cumbersome to learn. But the up side is that, with a little patience to learn its ins and outs, its more functions are desirable and it results in being a strong, durable and useful tool. It can be positioned in several ways and is essentially two tailgates in one! Its design features a primary gate and a smaller, inner gate. By raising and lowering these two gates in different combinations, they take on differing roles, including anything from a bed extender to an entry step, with many functions in between!

Towing capacity

Towing capacity is one of the leading considerations when purchasing a pick-up truck. The Ram, in this case, hauls nearly 3,000 pounds more of towing than the GMC. However, to achieve that maximum capacity, drivers will be selecting their most expensive engine. In total, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is able to tow 9,700 pounds, while the Ram can tow upwards of 12,750 pounds. But for those looking for best-in-class bed volume and horsepower, as well as a crew cab with higher towing, then the GMC once again takes the lead.

Comparing advantages

In addition to more engine options with the GMC, there are numerous trim choices including the off-road ready AT4 and Elevation, as well as the plush and luxurious Denali. There is more headroom and legroom in the Sierra in both the front and rear as well as the aforementioned nifty features like a power real tailgate and multi-configurable tailgate. Also, in its crew cab form, the Sierra presents better maximum towing and payload numbers and a bigger bed.

By comparison, the Ram gives drivers a coil-spring rear suspension, available airbag suspension and a larger infotainment screen. It also offers drivers assistance in giving them the ability to automatically parallel park. The Ram’s interiors vary by trim. The Sierra is known for its straightforward style, upsized interior and wide range of powertrains, while the Ram is linked to high-tech interior and comfortable ride quality.

Cost differences

Whether you are purchasing your new truck at the starting MSRP, often various trim levels are also considered. Enhancing your vehicle with higher trim options is often a choice of consumers. However, when it comes down to pricing of the base model 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 versus the 2019 Ram 1500, the Sierra is listed at considerably less. In specific, this powerhouse of a truck begins pricing at just $29,600, while the new Ram comes in at $31,795. While price is just one of the many considerations, for many, it is the main one.

Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Ram has the edge, offering an estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 25 mpg on the highway with the 2019 model. That is compared to the GMC at 17 mph in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This is not extremely significant in the sense that typically an increase in power means a decrease in efficiency, so this is not all that surprising in that the Sierra packs a greater power punch. This gap is only notable for those drivers who favor fuel efficiency over power on the road.


When it comes to comfort and dimensions, both tall drivers and passengers have distinct advantages in each of these vehicles. Due to its greater head- and legroom, passengers in the extended cab will be able to stretch out with ease in the Ram 1500 as compared to the Sierra 1500. But it is the GMC Sierra that is the favorite of tall drivers and their passengers since it has much greater head and legroom than the Ram. And since the Sierra is much slimmer than the Ram, it will be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When comparing overall length, the GMC Sierra takes up about the same amount of garage space as the Ram.


Due to its much higher torque, the GMC Sierra does a much better job of transmitting the horsepower of the engine to the wheels than the Ram. Both vehicles possess a similar turning radius allowing them to maneuver easily in and out of tight spots, which is often a challenge for many drivers.

With above average bed volume, luxury features, infotainment, and a configurable tailgate, the GMC Sierra takes the lead. The Ram comes in high in styling, features, coil spring and air suspension and ride quality. So when it comes to finding the top truck, there is much to consider. Capabilities and unique features associated with the GMC result in it having a greater edge when comparing the two. Find your top truck today!