You won’t find two trucks more similar than the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500. Both pickup trucks were built on the same platform and share many of the same features. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t important differences between the two to be considered when you’re picking out your next pickup truck.

We at Baierl Chevrolet will pit Chevy vs GMC for you in the Chevy Silverado vs. GMC Sierra 1500 truck comparison. In it, drivers across Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township will learn which light-duty pickup truck is best suited for them. Keep reading to get started!


SILVERADO VS SIERRA 1500: PERFORMANCE SPECSLet’s start with truck performance. The Silverado and Sierra 1500 share five engines, and we want to give you a closer look at those engine specs. Whichever truck you choose, the engine lineup will include:

  • Standard 4.3L V6—285 horsepower
  • 5.3L V8—355 horsepower
  • 6.2L V8—420 horsepower
  • 2.7L Turbo—310 horsepower
  • 3.0L Turbo-Diesel—277 horsepower

You’ll find power fit for taking on the open roads as well as towing. However, you’ll be somewhat limited if you decide to go with the GMC Sierra 1500 because it can only tow up to 12,100 pounds when properly equipped.

The Silverado, on the other hand, can move up to 13,400 pounds of trailer weight when the vehicle is properly equipped.1 This makes it easy to hitch up boats, camper trailers, or equipment and machinery from the worksite.


The commonality between the Silverado and the Sierra 1500 continues when it comes to design. Both offer three different cab options: a 3-passenger Regular Cab; a 6-passenger Double Cab; an extra spacious 6-passenger Crew Cab.

While all three cab options offer plenty of wiggle room, you’ll get the most space with the Crew Cab option. This cab option gives you the exact same amount of wiggle room with both models as you’ll see below:

 Chevy Silverado 1500  GMC Sierra 1500
First-Row Headroom: 43.03 inches 43.03 inches
First-Row Legroom: 44.53 inches 44.53 inches
Second-Row Legroom: 43.4 inches 43.4 inches
Second-Row Hip Room: 60.24 inches 60.24 inches

For a more stylish and distinguished ride, you can opt for available leather upholstery in either truck. When it comes to the top-tier Sierra 1500 Denali and Silverado High Country trims, though, the Chevy truck really shows a sense of rugged style that’s lacking in its GMC counterpart.

While the single-tone black in the Sierra 1500 Denali makes for a somewhat monotonous cabin, the Silverado High Country shows that it knows how to change things up with its brown and black seats. These distinctive colors add much-needed contrast. Even the badging on the headrests is more visually appealing and rugged in the High Country.


From the outside, the 2020 Sierra 1500 and 2020 Silverado look similar in many ways. From a side angle, they appear nearly identical, with each displaying a beltline kick-up at the rear window when in the Crew Cab configuration.

The Silverado and Sierra 1500 both appear quite hefty when viewed from the front. It’s from this angle, though, that you’ll notice the most differences between the two. In the GMC truck, you’ll see a thick chrome grille frame that wraps around an expanse of chrome mesh. It’s familiar, but it’s also the only option available.

By contrast, the Chevy truck offers you different grilles depending on trim level, letting you create a more customized vehicle that’s more in line with your preferences. For instance, you can add a black bowtie for a bold look on the sculpted grille.


SILVERADO 1500 VS SIERRA 1500: TECHNOLOGYIf you’ve been inside either the Silverado or Sierra 1500 in recent years, you’ll recognize the familiar multimedia systems. The Sierra 1500’s is dubbed the Premium GMC Infotainment System and the Silverado’s is called the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System.

The way these available systems operate and assist you are nearly identical. Both offer Bluetooth® hands-free phone calling and wireless audio streaming as well as smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Use the latter two features to access all of your favorite apps right on the large touchscreen display.

These infotainment systems don’t stop there, though. You’ll also get an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot, turn-by-turn navigation, and SiriusXM® with 360L. This new radio feature from SiriusXM® combines traditional satellite radio with On Demand streaming capability, so you can listen to exactly what you want without compromise.

Both models also offer an array of advanced active safety features to act as a second set of eyes on the road at all times. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert will keep tabs on your surroundings and warn you of any vehicles you might not see with your naked eye. Other features act automatically on your behalf to prevent collisions, such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking.

One more exciting feature that both models bring to the table is Surround Vision. This system provides you with a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view of your surroundings right on your infotainment screen. Use this system to park, back out of the driveway, and hitch the trailer with ease.


We hope you find our truck comparison helpful as you consider your options! At Baierl Chevrolet, we want to help Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township drivers get behind the wheel of a pickup truck that serves all their needs.

Our Chevrolet Silverado vs. GMC Sierra 1500 matchup shows just how similar these two vehicles are. However, if you’re looking for a bold grille and a ruggedly luxurious interior, the Chevy Silverado may just be more your style. See for yourself what the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 can do by getting behind the wheel with us at our Chevy dealership. Schedule a test drive by filling out our contact form or by giving us a call today!

Continue your research. See how the Silverado 1500 compares to the Ford F-150 in this article.


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