The GMC Sierra 1500 Vs the GMC Sierra 2500HD - two of the best trucks on the market
In the past few years, Ford’s F-series long reign as the series with the most yearly sales has ended. GM invested heavily in reinventing its truck lineups to take the spot as the manufacturer with the most truck sales. A large part of their success can be attributed to the Sierra series, especially the Sierra 1500 and the Sierra 2500HD.
This article looks at the two Sierras in detail to highlight the things they have in common and how they differ from each other.
For 2020 GMC completely redesigned the Sierra 2500HD, a process the 1500 underwent just a year earlier. With both trucks brand-new from bumper to bumper, there’re plenty of modern features and great powertrains to choose from on each model.
Just look at the two trucks and you'll immediately understand they're fresh off the drawing board as both sport modern, sharp lines and beefy stances. One thing's for sure, nobody considers the Sierras pushovers as they command respect on the road and on the job site.
But here’s where the biggest difference between the two stands out the most – size and utility. The Sierra 1500 is no small truck, by any means, but the 2500HD is built with superlatives in mind, bigger payloads, more towing power, ampler dimensions.
The Sierra 2500HD is created to double as a tool on construction sites not just drive passengers from here to there. Its Heavy-Duty badge comes with the responsibility of getting the job done. Any job done.
That’s why GMC fitted the Sierra 2500HD with two phenomenal engine options, the base 6.6-liter V8 at 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, and the upgraded powertrain in the shape of the 6.6-liter V8 Turbo Diesel that will deliver 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough torque to tow upwards of 18,510 pounds and carry a maximum payload of 3,979 pounds.
The Sierra 1500 comes with four engine choices. The 2.7-liter Turbo 4-cylinder at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, the newly-added 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and two V8s. First is the 5.3-liter V8 that will churn out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, and the mightiest Sierra 1500 option, on par with Sierra 2500HD’s base engine, the 6.2-liter V8 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The 1500 will carry a maximum payload of 2,265 pounds and tow upwards of 12,100 pounds if equipped correctly. For a “light-weight” truck, if you can call it that, those are great numbers.
On the inside, it's where the two resemble each other most. Both the Sierra 1500 and the Sierra 2500HD have sturdy, well-crafted, and tech-filled cockpits with perks such as color touchscreens, GM's latest infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming as standard features.
If you want to see any of these two amazing trucks in real life, in all trim levels, and many available colors, just visit us at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Torrington, Connecticut.
Our dedicated sales team will gladly answer all your questions and we can even arrange for you to take the GMC Sierra 1500 or the GMC Sierra 2500HD out for a test drive.