RAM 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500 Comparison

RAM 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500 Comparison

When searching for full-size trucks in the auto market, you are likely to compare the Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500. While both models are strong contenders on the road, the Ram 1500 is undoubtedly a lot more popular with a history of blending performance, safety, and comfort in a single package. The Ram 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are both fantastic choices, and they’re both available today at Group Wholesale Inc but here’s a detailed comparison so you can decide which features check all the boxes to fulfill your needs.

2021 RAM 1500


2021 GMC Sierra 1500

5.7L HEMI® V8 Engine with e-Torque


6.2L EcoTec®3 V8

Crew Cab, Quad Cab

Cab Options

Regular, Double, Crew Cab


Engine Options


702 hp

Max Horsepower

420 hp

650 lb.-ft

Max Torque

460 lb.-ft

12,750 lbs

Maximum Towing Capacity

11,800 lbs


Starting MSRP


RAM 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500 Performance Specs

The base Ram 1500 offers more power than the GMC Sierra 1500 which can be verified by comparing the torque and horsepower metrics. Also, the Ram 1500 offers better mileage at 21/29 mpg (city/highway) when compared to the GMC Sierra with 16/21 mpg. But neither the RAM 1500 nor the Sierra 1500 falls short when you compare their power and torque specifications. Here’s how they stack up:

RAM 1500 Engine Options:

●     260-hp 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine rated at 480 lb-ft of torque

●     305-hp 3.6L PENTASTAR V6 engine with eTorque rated at 269 lb-ft of torque

●     395-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 engine rated at 410 lb-ft of torque

●     395-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with eTorque rated at 410 lb-ft of torque

●     702-hp 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 engine rated at 650 lb-ft of torque (Ram 1500 TRX only)

GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Options:

●     310-hp 2.7L turbo engine rated at 348 lb-ft of torque

●     277-hp (best in class) 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel I6 engine rated at 460 lb-ft of torque

●     285-hp 4.3L EocTec3 V6 engine rated at 305 lb-ft of torque

●     355-hp 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine rated at 383 lb-ft of torque

●     420-hp 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine rated at 460 lb-ft of torque

RAM 1500 vs GMC Sierra 1500 Pricing & Warranty 

Price is always a top consideration for most drivers looking to purchase a pickup truck and this is where the GMC Sierra has the edge. The RAM 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 offer a 36-month/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty but the GMC Sierra extends the coverage, offering a 72-month/100,000-mile corrosion warranty.

RAM 1500:

●     2021 1500 Tradesman®: $32,795 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman® HFE: $34,645 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn®: $37,390 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Laramie®: $42,080 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Rebel®: $46,120 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn™: $52,780 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 Limited: $57,350 MSRP

●     2021 Ram 1500 TRX®: $70,425 MSRP

GMC Sierra:

●     2021 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE/Elevation/SLT: $30,100

●     2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Heavy Duty: $46,448

●     2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4: $63,848

●     2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali: $70,048

RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capabilities 

Drivers in Idaho would love incredible towing capabilities on their next pickup truck, so when you go for the RAM 1500, you get a maximum 12,750-pound towing capacity, but the GMC Sierra comes in under at 11,800 pounds. You should also bear in mind that the maximum towing capacity is only available on the TRX, which is $9,000 more expensive than the top GMC Sierra 1500 trim. So you’ll have to decide whether that much towing muscle is worth the extra costs.

RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500 Safety Technology

The RAM 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 both offer a tonne of safety features to keep drivers safe on the road. Adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and other safety features come standard on both versions.

RAM maintains its competitive advantage over GMC Sierra 1500 by continuing to offer its exceptional 5-year/100,000-mile diesel powertrain warranty. Drivers looking for more safety features will prefer the RAM over the GMC Sierra with some of the features highlighted below:

●     360° Surround View Camera

●     Electronic stability control

●     The Largest in its class 14.9-inch standard brakes

●     Side-impact door beams

●     Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection

●     Guided Parking

●     Advanced Airbag Protection

Is the RAM 1500 Better than the GMC Sierra 1500?

When comparing the Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500, the Ram had a lot more advantages on the base trim than the GMC Sierra 1500. However, both trucks offer lots of towing power, driving stability, and modern tech that you’ll certainly want in your new truck. If you’re in Post Falls, Idaho, or surrounding areas and would like to get behind the wheel of the Ram 1500 or the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, contact Group Wholesale Inc today to schedule your test drive.