2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2019 GMC Sierra Limited

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The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sierra Limited only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Silverado (except Custom)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Silverado and the Sierra Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Silverado the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 164 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sierra Limited has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Silverado’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Silverado has a standard 170-amp alternator (220-amp - Silverado optional). The Sierra Limited’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Silverado has a standard 730-amp battery (730 optional and 850 Diesel). The Sierra Limited’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

The Silverado’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Silverado V6 is faster than the GMC Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.7 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Silverado turbo diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

RWD

3.0 turbo diesel/Auto

23 city/33 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

3.0 turbo diesel/Auto

23 city/29 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Silverado gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

4x2

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

4x4

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Silverado LT/RST/LTZ/High Country/WT 2.7-liter’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Silverado Regular Cab’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra Limited (28 vs. 26 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Silverado higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the GMC Sierra Limited (3). This means the Silverado produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sierra Limited every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Silverado, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Sierra Limited.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Silverado’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

13.6 inches

The Silverado stops much shorter than the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Sierra Limited (147.5 inches vs. 143.5 inches).

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Sierra Limited 1500 Standard Box SLE Regular Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Silverado’s turning circle is tighter than the Sierra Limited’s:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

Regular Cab Long Bed

44.6 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.3 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.3 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

49.5 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the Silverado Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra Limited (10.9 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Silverado to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Silverado may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 600 pounds less than the GMC Sierra Limited.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Silverado Diesel has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Sierra Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Silverado Double Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Sierra Limited Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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The Silverado Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra Limited Double Cab shortbed (72.7 vs. 61 cubic feet).

The Silverado Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box with its short-bed bodystyle than the Sierra Limited (62.9 vs. 61 cubic feet).

The Silverado’s cargo box is larger than the Sierra Limited’s in almost every dimension:

Silverado Double Cab

Silverado Regular Cab

Sierra Limited

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

78.9”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

64.9”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

21.1”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Silverado LTZ Texas/LTZ Convenience/LTZ Plus/High Country has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Sierra Limited is limited to 9400 pounds. The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 13400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has a higher standard payload capacity than the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

n/a

Regular Cab 1500 4x4

2130 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

n/a

The Silverado has much higher optional payload capacities than the Sierra Limited:

Silverado

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab 1500

2190 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2180 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2180 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2170 lbs.

n/a

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Silverado LTZ/High Country, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Silverado’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sierra Limited’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Silverado LTZ/High Country’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Sierra Limited’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Silverado’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote (optional feature). The driver of the Sierra Limited can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Keyless Open and Start standard on the Silverado LT Convenience Package/RST/LT Trail Boss/LTZ/High Country allows you to unlock the doors, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Silverado LTZ/High Country detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Silverado LTZ/High Country is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Sierra Limited’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Silverado’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Silverado and the Sierra Limited offer available heated front seats. The Silverado LTZ Convenience Package/High Country also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sierra Limited.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Silverado LTZ Convenience Package/High Country keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Silverado’s optional (except Work Truck/Custom) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Silverado offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Silverado and the Sierra Limited offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Silverado has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Silverado LTZ/High Country offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Silverado second among large light duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sierra Limited isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Silverado as their 2011 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Silverado as the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. The Sierra has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Silverado outsold the GMC Sierra by almost three to one during 2018.

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