2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Comparison
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $37,830 | Price yours
Above Average: Reliability, towing and payload capacity, infotainment
Below Average: Conservative styling and technology
Consensus: Great capability and value in a reliable package
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $38,515 | Price yours
Above Average: Capability, whisper-quiet interior, lux options
Below Average: Competitors offer more high-tech powertrains
Consensus: Boldly styled with luxury features, but ready to work
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 half-ton trucks are close relatives. These trucks share the same platform, dimensions, cabs, and bed lengths. Both offer the three same available engines, and both offer the same maximum towing capacity. Yet these trucks aren’t carbon copies: the current generation of GM’s trucks are arguably the most differentiated to date. Buyers who want a GM-built truck that are torn between the two will likely choose one over the other based on styling and available special editions.
Chevrolet Silverado Advantages
The Silverado’s pricing is slightly lower than that of the Silverado, but considering it would mean a difference of maybe $20 in your monthly payment, that is just about negligible. The Silverado has more traditional styling, plus a wide array of cool special edition trucks, including the blacked-out Midnight Edition; the High Desert Package, which adds a sport bar that makes the pickup look like the fan-favorite Avalanche; and the High Country, with unique styling cues and a rugged outdoorsy luxury theme.
GMC Sierra Advantages
Bold, modern industrial styling separates the look of the Sierra from that of the Silverado. There are styling differences in the cabin as well. Like the Silverado, the Sierra also offers special editions, including the Elevation, two versions of the off-road-biased All Terrain, and the Denali, which is the most upscale Sierra you can get.
Capability, size, engine choices, and pricing are nearly identical. Both have impressively quiet cabs and offer a good infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Both trucks offer features including a mild hybrid option, the Z71 off-road suspension package, and/or an upscale luxury trim. And both trucks will be all new for 2019.
Choosing between these pickups will likely come down to two key factors. First, are you a Chevy person or a GMC person? If you have no preference or family history with either brand, which styling and/or special editions do you prefer? Either way, you should give both trucks a look.
|2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab||2018 GMC Sierra Crew Cab|
|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||Automatic, 6-speed||Automatic, 6-speed|
|Fuel Economy||19 mpg (16 city/23 hwy)||18 mpg (16 city, 22 hwy)|
|Also Available||4.3-liter V6, 6.2-liter V8, 8-spd automatic||4.3-liter V6, 6.2-liter V8, 8-spd automatic|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||143.5-153.0 inches||143.5-153.0 inches|
|Overall Length||230.0-239.6 inches||229.5-239.0 inches|
|Width||80.0 inches||80.0 inches|
|Height||73.9-74.1 inches||73.8 inches|
|Turning Diameter||47.2 feet||47.2 feet|
|Headroom, Front||42.8 inches||42.8 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||40.5 inches||40.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||45.3 inches||45.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||40.9 inches||40.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||66.0 inches||66.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||65.7 inches||65.7 inches|
|Max Payload (Crew Cab)||2,250 pounds||2,170 pounds|
|Max Towing (Crew Cab)||12,500 pounds||12,500 pounds|