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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab

Starting Price: $36,095 | Price yours

Above Average:  Towing, payload, bed volume, infotainment, options, configurable tailgate

Below Average: Driver assists only offered on high-end trims, pricing can get up there

Consensus: A reliable full-size pickup with new styling, features and capability plus an expanded line of engines and transmissions.

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2019 GMC Sierra Crew Cab

Starting Price: $48,590 (SLT) | Price yours

Above Average: Bed volume, luxury features, infotainment, configurable tailgate

Below Average: Slightly lower payload and towing than Silverado stablemate

Consensus: A more luxurious but ever-so-slightly less capable version of the Chevy Silverado.

Both the Silverado and Sierra are completely new for 2019, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and a class-leading cargo bed with expanded volume and functionality. New engines and transmissions are also on tap that, depending on the configuration and trim, can include a 3.0-liter turbodiesel I6, 2.7-liter turbo 4-cylinder or a 5.3-liter V8 with stop/start technology. Both trucks offer the latest in driver assists, including lane departure warning and assist, adaptive cruise control and low-speed autonomous emergency braking. As the two trucks share most of their mechanicals and interior parts, the most notable differences can be found in the little things.  For example, in crew cab form, the Silverado’s max towing and payload are slightly higher than the Sierra, but the Sierra offers a bit more luxury, including the high-end Denali trim that sits a step above the Silverado High Country. The Silverado offers more trims, including a lower priced Work Truck, although both trucks offer enough options and packages to balance out the standard feature difference.

Chevrolet Silverado Advantages

The Silverado offers better max towing and payload numbers, a lower base price and numerous trim choices including the off-road-ready Custom Trail Boss, sporty RST and luxurious High Country.

GMC Sierra Advantages

The Sierra retains its bold attitude with a more dynamic appearance, luxurious Denali line, a reconfigurable tailgate, a more upscale interior and unique special-edition trims.

Similarities

The two trucks share the same engines, transmissions, features and fuel economy. Both offer the option of a power tailgate and both offer the largest bed floors in the business. The Silverado can tow 100 more pounds and carry 40 extra pounds of payload, but that’s not enough of a difference to call one the winner over the other.

Final Recommendation

If you’re looking for a basic work truck to rough up, you’ll cry a bit less when you scratch your $36,000 Silverado Work Truck versus a $70,000 Denali. It really just comes down to whether you need a truck to be rugged or pampering, and even then the Silverado High Country is nearly as plush as the Denali.

  2019 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2019 GMC Sierra Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 5.3-liter V8  5.3-liter V8
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy) 19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy)
Also Available 4.3L V6, 6.2L V8, 10-spd auto 4.3L V6, 6.2L V8, 10-spd auto
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 6 6
Wheelbase 147.4-157.1 inches 147.4-157.1 inches
Overall Length 231.7-241.2 inches 231.7-241.2 inches
Width 81.2 inches 81.2 inches
Height 75.7-78.2 inches 75.7-78.2 inches
Turning Diameter NA NA
Headroom, Front 43.0 inches 43.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.1 inches 40.1 inches
Legroom, Front 44.5 inches 44.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 43.4 inches 43.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.0 inches 66.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.2 inches 65.2 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,180 pounds 2,140 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 12,200 pounds 12,100 pounds
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