2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

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  • 2019 Chevy Silverado

    Silver 2019 Chevy Silverado on white

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    2019 GMC Sierra

    Brown 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 on white

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    355 HPHorsepower310 HP
    383 lb-ftTorque348 lb-ft
    9,800 lbsTowing Capacity6,900 lbs


    When comparing the 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 it is important to look beyond their similarities, because there are many. Both trucks are made by General Motors (GM), which owns both Chevrolet and GMC, which means they have much in common and by looking just at their base stats and features this becomes quickly apparent. In order to get at the heart of each truck, and see how they differ, it is important to look beyond their surfaces and some of the more common specs for each truck.

    For example, even though they offer very similar levels of power and performance, the 2019 Chevy Silverado is substantially less expensive than the GMC Sierra 1500. Does this difference in price mean the Silverado is of lower quality? No, far from it. Much of the price difference is made up by luxury items that many truck drivers will not even take advantage of, which means you can get the same amount of truck for less money, and use that difference to make a few choice upgrades.

    Admittedly, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 offers more configuration choices and drive type options than the Chevy Silverado, but just how important are those options? That depends on each driver, but for most people, the standard Silverado will do just fine and by offering fewer configurations, you can more easily just get what you need, and ignore what you don't. So which truck is the winner? The answer to that question depends on what you want and need, but the 2019 Chevy Silverado clearly has many advantages for a wide range of truck-lovers.

  • Power and Performance

    Couple unloading lumber from red 2019 Chevy Silverado

    With so many different trim levels available between both trucks, it is important to compare similar options. The 2019 Chevy Silverado chosen for this comparison was the LT trim level, while the GMC Sierra 1500 was the SLE. These two trim levels are similar in terms of price, though the Chevy is slightly more expensive - in general these were the two most similar options that provided the best overall comparison. It is worth noting that the GMC Sierra 1500 can have a much more powerful engine, but this option is more expensive and can alter some other available configuration choices.

    The 2019 Chevy Silverado LT features a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that provides 355hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque for optimal power and performance. By comparison, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE has a 2.7L Turbo engine that provides just 310hp and 348 lb.-ft. of torque. That is a pretty noteworthy difference, and more than justifies the slightly higher price of the Silverado. While the Sierra can be fitted with the same engine for equal performance, this will greatly increase the cost.

    One interesting thing to point out is that both of these trucks and engines have automatic transmissions, but the 2019 Chevy Silverado LT has a 6-speed transmission, while the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE has an 8-speed transmission. Even if you upgrade to a more powerful engine in the GMC model, it still has an 8-speed transmission. Both models include a Tow/Haul mode that automatically increases the transmission upshift point to provide more power and acceleration while pulling a trailer or heavy load.

  • Technology and Interior

    Temperature controls and ports in back seat of 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

    The technology and interiors of the 2019 Chevy Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 are incredibly similar, though there are some important differences between the two. This comparison is between the Silverado LT trim level and the Sierra SLE trim level, which are very similar in price and the most accurate for the sake of comparison. They both include an Infotainment system with an 8-inch color touchscreen and have a 6-speaker audio system with USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.

    The Bluetooth works for both hands-free phone calls and streaming audio media to the Infotainment center, and they both have auxiliary ports for physically connecting a media player to the truck. Both trucks feature steering wheel controls for audio and other features, and have compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Chevy Silverado includes gesture recognition that lets the driver easily navigate the touchscreen with swipes, drags, and other finger motions.

    One noteworthy difference between these two trucks is that the Chevy Silverado LT includes HD radio as a standard feature, which provides additional information about radio broadcasts while listening. The Silverado also includes 3 free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio for free with the vehicle. On the other hand, the GMC Sierra 1500 includes neither HD radio nor a free trial of SiriusXM Radio.

    Otherwise, however, technological features in both trucks are very similar. This includes features such as remote keyless entry, power door locks and windows, and cruise control with steering-wheel controls. Both trucks also feature a 4-inch Driver Information Center with color display that keeps the driver aware of what's going on with the truck.

  • Size and Exterior Design

    White 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 driving between dirt piles at construction site

    Since both the 2019 Chevy Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 are so similar in many ways, it is important to look at their designs and features to see some key differences between them. In this instance, we will look at the Silverado 1500 double cab with a standard box, and the GMC Sierra when configured with a double cab and standard box, so that both options are as similar as possible. In terms of trim level, this information is for the Silverado LT and the Sierra 1500 SLE, which are similar in price, though the Silverado is slightly more expensive at this level.

    The Chevy Silverado 1500 is 230 inches long, just under 74 inches tall, and has a bed that is almost 79 inches long. It has a maximum payload of 1,860 lbs. and the front driver and passenger have over 45 inches of leg room. By comparison, the GMC Sierra 1500 is over 231 inches long, over 75 inches tall, and has a truck bed that is just over 79 inches in length. It has a maximum payload of 2,020 lbs. and front leg room of just over 44 inches. As you can see, they are both designed with a very similar body shape and size, offering nearly identical options for drivers and passengers.

    Both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra 1500 have EZ-Lift and Lower tailgates that make it easier to load and unload the rear of the truck. They both have CornerStep rear bumpers so it is easier to get into and out of the box of the truck, and deep-tinted rear glass to help protect from sun and glare. One feature that the Silverado LT has, which the Sierra SLE lacks, however, is a remote locking tailgate, which uses a button on the key fob to be locked or unlocked remotely, and can also be manually locked using the same key as the ignition and door.

  • Safety Features

    The spacious and hi tech interior of the 2019 Chevy Silverado

    Safety features are vitally important when comparing different vehicles, and much like so many other aspects of these two trucks, the 2019 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 are quite similar. For this comparison, the Chevy Silverado LT trim level and GMC Sierra 1500 SLE trim level were looked at, since they are the most comparable in terms of price between the two trucks. At different trim levels, other safety features can be available or included standard, so keep that in mind when looking at these trucks for yourself.

    Both the Silverado and Sierra have StabiliTrak, which provides better traction by automatically adjusting brakes and engine torque during emergency maneuvers. These trucks also include traction control for better steering on wet surfaces and to help avoid slippage. They both have daytime running lights, which are helpful to avoid low visibility, and they both have 6 airbags to protect the driver and passengers in case of a collision.

    A rear vision camera comes included with both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra, which is no surprise since these cameras are now legally required on new vehicles. They both also include a Teen Driver function that can be setup with a particular key fob. This activates and turns off certain features when that driver is using the truck, to help improve safe driving, and includes an in-vehicle driver report card so you can monitor how well your teen is developing into a safe driver. The Chevy Silverado includes 10 years of Chevrolet Connected Access to help monitor the vehicle and perform diagnostics on it, while the GMC Sierra is capable of using GMC Connected Access, but only for an undisclosed amount of time.

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