2020 Ram 1500 vs. 2019 GMC Sierra Limited

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE) offers optional Reverse Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’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 Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited offers an optional Surround View Camera 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 Ram 1500 (except Tradesman/HFE)’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 Ram 1500 and the Sierra Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ram 1500 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sierra Limited has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Ram 1500’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 38 percent more Ram dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 1500’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ram 1500 has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Ram 1500 optional and 220 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 Ram 1500 has a standard 730-amp battery. The Sierra Limited’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ram 1500’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 40 more horsepower (395 vs. 355) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

The Ram 1500’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 383) than the Sierra Limited’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ram 1500 V8 is faster than the GMC Sierra Limited:

1500

Sierra Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.4 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 gets better diesel fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited:

1500

Sierra Limited

RWD

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.0 V6 turbo diesel/8-spd. Auto

21 city/29 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Ram 1500 gets better fuel mileage than the Sierra Limited:

1500

Sierra Limited

4x2

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4x4

3.6 V6 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8 hybrid/8-spd. Auto

17 city/22 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ram 1500 eTORQUE’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 Ram 1500’s optional fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra Limited (33 vs. 26 gallons).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ram 1500, 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 Ram 1500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra Limited:

1500

Sierra Limited

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Ram 1500’s brakes have 72% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Sierra Limited (861.2 vs. 502 square inches), so the Ram 1500 has more braking power available.

The Ram 1500 stops much shorter than the Sierra Limited:

Ram 1500

Sierra Limited

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ram 1500 has larger standard tires than the Sierra Limited (275/65R18 vs. 255/70R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ram 1500 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sierra Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ram 1500 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ram 1500 flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra Limited’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Ram 1500 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra Limited, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Ram 1500 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Ram 1500’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 handles at .76 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 Ram 1500 standard bed Rebel Quad Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Sierra Limited 1500 Short Box Denali Crew Cab 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 30 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ram 1500’s turning circle is tighter than the Sierra Limited’s:

Ram 1500

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.2 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.2 feet

n/a

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

46.9 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.2 feet

n/a

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

48.7 feet

n/a

For greater off-road capability the Ram 1500 short bed Crew Cab Pickup w/Air Suspension has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sierra Limited (10.8 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Ram 1500 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Ram 1500 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the GMC Sierra Limited.

The Ram 1500 offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has 2.7 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear hip room than the Sierra Limited Double Cab.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ram 1500 Crew Cab’s available rear seats recline. The Sierra Limited’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ram 1500 Quad Cab has a larger cargo box than the Sierra Limited Double Cab shortbed (61.5 vs. 61 cubic feet).

The Ram 1500’s cargo box is larger than the Sierra Limited’s in almost every dimension:

1500 Quad Cab

1500 Crew Cab Pickup

Sierra Limited

Length (short/long)

76.3”

67.4”/76.3”

78.9”

Max Width

66.4”

66.4”

64.9”

Min Width

51”

51”

51”

Height

21.5”

21.5”

21.1”

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Sierra Limited is limited to 9400 pounds. The Ram 1500 standard bed Quad Cab offers up to a 12750 lbs. towing capacity.

The Ram 1500 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Sierra Limited:

Ram 1500

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab 1500

2040 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2000 lbs.

n/a

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1810 lbs.

n/a

The Ram 1500 has much higher optional payload capacities than the Sierra Limited:

Ram 1500

Sierra Limited

Extended Cab 1500

2300 lbs.

1860 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

1910 lbs.

1810 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

1840 lbs.

n/a

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited, the memory system makes it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, foot pedal distance, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Ram 1500’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 Ram 1500’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sierra Limited’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

Keyless Go standard on the Ram 1500 allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Keyless Enter ‘n Go will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and tailgate without taking your keys out). The GMC Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ram 1500’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sierra Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Ram 1500’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ram 1500 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn/Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ram 1500 has standard power remote mirrors. The Sierra Limited only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Ram 1500’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. GMC only offers heated mirrors on the Sierra Limited SLE.

When the Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited 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 Ram 1500’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 Ram 1500 and the Sierra Limited offer available heated front seats. The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sierra Limited.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited has standard front air conditioned seats and the Ram 1500 Longhorn/Limited offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Ram 1500’s optional (except Tradesman/HFE) 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 Ram 1500 Big Horn/Rebel/Laramie/Limited has a standard 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 Ram 1500 and the Sierra Limited offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ram 1500 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 Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited 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.

The Ram 1500 Laramie/Longhorn/Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sierra Limited doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ram 1500 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 was rated third.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Sierra hasn’t been picked since 2003.

Motor Trend selected the Ram 1500 as their 2019 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.

The Ram 1500 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 10 years. The Sierra hasn’t been picked since 2002.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year. The Sierra has never been chosen.

The Ram Pickup outsold the GMC Sierra by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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