2019 GMC Sierra Crew Cab vs. 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Comparison
2019 GMC Sierra Crew Cab
Starting Price: $48,590 (SLT) | Price yours
Above Average: Bed volume, luxury features, infotainment, configurable or power tailgate
Below Average: Interior styling and amenities, fewer available advanced towing and safety features
Consensus: A more luxurious but ever-so-slightly less capable version of the Chevy Silverado. Think of it as the crew chief’s pickup.
2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $36,290 | Price yours
Above Average: Styling, features, hybrid engine option, coil spring and air suspension, ride quality, infotainment
Below Average: No diesel in the lineup (yet), lower towing and payload than some competitors
Consensus: The Ram offers a bold exterior without going overboard, plus it offers numerous unique options like an air suspension and massive 12-inch touch-screen infotainment setup.
The 2019 GMC Sierra is all new this year, offering an expanded line of new engines, transmissions and trims, as well as more capabilities and unique features like a choice between a power-operated or multi-configurable tailgate and a rearview camera mirror. GMC uses a two-piece bed stamping that allows for a wider bed floor, giving the Sierra best-in-class volume figures. The bed floor is also stronger than before. The Ram is also new for 2019, with handsome styling, an impressive number of trims and features, and improved towing and payload numbers. The much-loved diesel engine has been delayed, but a mild hybrid is available. Dubbed eTorque, the system adds up to 90 lb-ft additional launch torque to the V6 and 130 lb-ft to the Hemi V8. Ram’s eTorque system is standard on the V6 and optional on the V8.
GMC Sierra Advantages
In crew cab form, the Sierra offers better max towing and payload numbers and a bigger bed. There are numerous trim choices including the off-road-ready AT4 and Elevation, as well as the ultra-plush Denali. The Sierra offers more engine options and more horsepower, as well as more headroom and legroom both front and rear. Clever features like a power rear tailgate or multi-configurable tailgate set the Sierra apart from its competitors.
Ram 1500 Advantages
The Ram offers a coil-spring rear suspension, available airbag suspension and a larger infotainment screen. Ram interiors are sufficiently different by trim as to justify the additional cost, and there are all manner of driver assists including the ability to automatically parallel park.
Both trucks offer an expansive model range running from basic to plush. Both have powerful V6 and V8 engine options, advanced driver assists and tech features, premium cabins and a choice of bed lengths. Both the Ram and Sierra offer off-road packages and upgrades for heavy-duty towing, and both offer similar warranties.
If you’re looking for a crew cab with higher towing, payload and horsepower, and best-in-class bed volume, the 2019 GMC Sierra is your truck. However, if you can get by with a bit less, the Ram 1500 is an attractive prospect. It offers a smoother ride with its optional air suspension, and a more refined interior. We’re especially fond of the big 12-inch touch screen, but sad about the delay of the diesel engine’s availability. Both trucks offer tons of clever storage solutions, as well as unique features throughout.
|2019 GMC Sierra Crew Cab||2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab|
|Engine||5.3-liter V8||5.7-liter V8|
|Horsepower||355 hp @ 5,600 rpm||395 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm||410 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy)||19 mpg (17 city/23 hwy)|
|Also Available||285-hp 4.3-liter V6, 420-hp 6.2-liter V8, 10-speed automatic||305-hp 3.6-liter V6 hybrid, 395-hp 5.7-liter hybrid|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Max Seating Capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||147.4-157.1 inches||144.6-153.5 inches|
|Overall Length||231.7-241.2 inches||232.9-241.8 inches|
|Width||81.2 inches||82.1 inches|
|Height||75.7-78.2 inches||75.5-79.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||47.8 feet||46.2 feet|
|Headroom, Front||43.0 inches||40.9 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||40.1 inches||39.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||44.5 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||43.4 inches||45.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||66.0 inches||66.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||65.2 inches||65.7 inches|
|Max Payload (Crew Cab)||2,140 pounds||2,000 pounds|
|Max Towing (Crew Cab)||12,100 pounds||11,530 pounds|