2020 GMC Sierra vs. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

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Safety

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The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali offers optional Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Silverado LD doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sierra AT4/Denali offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Silverado LD only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Sierra’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sierra and the Silverado LD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive 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 Sierra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 164 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Silverado LD has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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

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

Engine

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The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Silverado LD’s 5.3 V8.

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali 6.2 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Silverado LD:

Sierra

Silverado LD

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.9 MPH

90.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Sierra XFE RWD 8-speed Auto 5.3 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Silverado LD RWD 6-speed Auto (17 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Sierra SLE/Elevation/SLT/AT4/Denali’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is available on the GMC Sierra, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Silverado LD.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sierra

Silverado LD

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

13.6 inches

The Sierra stops shorter than the Silverado LD:

Sierra

Silverado LD

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Sierra offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Silverado LD’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sierra 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Silverado LD (147.4 inches vs. 143.5 inches). The Sierra 1500 Standard Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 13.5 inches longer than on the Silverado LD 1500 Standard Box Double Cab (157 inches vs. 143.5 inches).

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

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

Sierra

Silverado LD

Regular Cab Long Bed

44.7 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 Sierra 1500 Short Bed Crew Cab Lifted has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Silverado LD (10.9 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Sierra to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The GMC Sierra may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 850 pounds less than the Chevrolet Silverado LD.

Passenger Space

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The Sierra 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 Silverado LD Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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

The Sierra Crew Cab has a much larger cargo box with its short-bed bodystyle than the Silverado LD (63.9 vs. 61 cubic feet).

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

Sierra Double Cab

Sierra Regular Cab

Silverado LD

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

78.9”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

64.9”

Min Width

50.63”

50.62”

51”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

21.1”

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Silverado LD is limited to 9400 pounds. The Sierra 1500 Standard Bed Double Cab 4x4 offers up to a 12100 lbs. towing capacity.

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

Sierra

Silverado LD

Extended Cab 1500

2030 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2030 lbs.

n/a

Regular Cab 1500 4x4

2140 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2010 lbs.

n/a

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

Sierra

Silverado LD

Extended Cab 1500

2160 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2140 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2140 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2070 lbs.

n/a

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali, 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali’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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sierra AT4/Denali 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Silverado LD’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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

Keyless Open and Start optional on the Sierra (except Base) 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 Chevrolet Silverado LD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali 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 Silverado LD’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali’s standard 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the Sierra and the Silverado LD offer available heated front seats. The Sierra also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Silverado LD.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sierra (except Base/SLE/Elevation) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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

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

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Sierra’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sierra 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 Silverado LD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Sierra (except Base/SLE/Elevation) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Silverado LD doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The GMC Sierra comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Chevrolet Silverado LD isn’t available as a regular cab or crew cab.

Recommendations

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

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