2017 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado – Comparing Industry Leading Trucks

GMC Sierra vs Chevy Silverado

Comparing Reviews, Safety Ratings, Fuel Economy

By – Bill DeLord Buick GMC – Your Trusted GM Dealership near Cincinnati and Lebanon, Ohio

 

The market for powerful pickup trucks is highly competitive, with most popular brands offering a high performance truck. With so many options, it is hard to differentiate between vehicles – making the choice is harder than you might think. Here, we’ll take a look at two of the more popular pickups, the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado. Both of these vehicles offer crew-cab and other variations on their build. The vehicles are quite comparable, but there are a few key differences that will certainly make a difference for the buyer.

 

Performance – GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado equally powerful?

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500

 
Fuel Efficiency 18 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway 18 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway
Engine 4.3L V6 4.3L V6
Horsepower 355 Hp @ 5600 RPM 355 Hp @ 5600 RPM
Transmission 6 Speed Auto 6 Speed Auto
Drive Type AWD optional AWD optional
Towing Capacity 5500-9400 lbs 5500-9400 lbs

Safety Features:

   
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbag Standard Standard
Curtain Airbag Standard Standard
Blind-Spot Monitoring No No
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional
Crash Rating  5/5  5/5

 

Comfort and Reliability:

   
Second Row Seating Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Ports Yes Yes
Adaptive Cruise Control Yes Yes
Cabin/Style/

Comfort

 5/5  4/5
Reliability  3/5  4/5
Warranty 3/36k and 5/60k 3/36k and 5/60k

Reviews: What Do The Experts Say?

 
A jack-of-all-trades and quite good at all of them, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 has comfort, capability and versatility in equal measure. It’s refined and delivers an appealing balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

Edmunds Review

Score: 3.5 out of 5

A wide range of body styles, an impressive interior, and a lineup of powerful and fuel-efficient engines make the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado a solid choice in the full-size pickup class.

Edmunds Review

Score: 4 out of 5

From the hose-it-out base model to the high-lux Denali, the GMC Sierra 1500 is a flexible rig. Rear and all-wheel drive, three different body styles, and a trio of engines provide plenty of choices to meet the demands of a variety of buyers.

–  Car and Driver Review

Score: 4 out of 5

The Silverado offers strong powertrains, serious hauling capability, good real-world fuel economy, and a plethora of features, but it comes up short on ride and seat comfort.

Car and Driver Review

Score: 4 out of 5

The GMC Sierra features powerful engines and expansive front seats. Additionally, the cabin looks great, especially in higher trims, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

–  U.S. News Cars

Score: 8.7 out of 10

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is one of the burliest full-size trucks you can buy, with class-leading towing capacity and powerful engines available. It features a comfortable interior and user-friendly technology

–  U.S. News Cars

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

What We’ve Learned:

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 are very similar vehicles. Both are at the top of the list in terms of the heavy duty pickup class, and there are only minor differences for the buyer to consider. The Chevy Silverado will save you some money, but is a less comfortable and luxurious pickup. The GMC Sierra costs more at every trim but you get what you pay for – the interior is beautiful and offers a more comfortable ride. This is generally the trend with each trim on these vehicles, the GMC Sierra Denali is more expensive than the Chevy Silverado LTZ (around $3,000 more at each level).

 

The Decision

In the end, the decision is up to you. These two trucks are very comparable, and the difference is most likely a small detail or two in the buyer’s eyes. The decision comes down to whether you prefer the cheaper truck or a bit more luxury. Hopefully after reading this and doing your own research you will feel comfortable making your own choice.

Sources:

Edmunds Review, Car and Driver, US News Cars, Chevrolet.com and GMC.com