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.

Similarities

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.

Final Recommendation

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
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 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
Specs    
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
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