2020 Chevrolet Silverado vs. 2020 GMC Sierra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Silverado and the Sierra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Silverado

Sierra

4x2

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

n/a

15 city/20 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

4x4

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

18 city/21 hwy

18 city/20 hwy

2.7 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

6.2 V8/10-spd. Auto

16 city/20 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

5.3 V8/6-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/20 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

5.3 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/20 hwy

15 city/19 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

The Silverado stops shorter than the Sierra:

Silverado

Sierra

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Silverado Short Bed High Country Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Sierra 1500 Short Bed AT4 Crew Cab pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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

Silverado

Sierra

Regular Cab Long Bed

44.6 feet

44.7 feet

Cargo Capacity

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 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Sierra is limited to 12100 pounds. The Silverado 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 13400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Silverado has higher optional payload capacities than the Sierra:

Silverado

Sierra

Regular Cab 1500

2250 lbs.

2240 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500

2190 lbs.

2160 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2180 lbs.

2140 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2180 lbs.

2140 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2170 lbs.

2070 lbs.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Silverado will be $902 to $2218 less than for the GMC Sierra.

Recommendations

Motor Trend selected the Silverado as their 2011 Truck of the Year. The Sierra has never been chosen.

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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