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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.

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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.

Similarities

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.

Final Recommendation

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
Popular Powertrains    
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
Specs    
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

 

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