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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Its Competition

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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Work Truck
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Reputation and brand loyalty are everything in the now-crowded field of full-size trucks.

And although nearly all the big pickups might look alike to those not interested in them, the subtle styling differences play a big role in their appeal.

The Sierra and its Chevrolet sibling, the Silverado, have a softer appearance, while the latest F-150 aims to be more imposing than ever.

The also new-for-2009 Dodge Ram still looks big and imposing on the outside but gets a very different, more passenger-friendly interior with lots of high-tech options.

Although the Ram’s handling has been greatly improved, the GM trucks are still arguably the favorite from a dynamic standpoint, with a great compromise between ride, handling, and load capability.

The Tundra continues to stand out for its interior and emphasis on safety, but it’s available in fewer configurations than the others and, from’s experience, more cumbersome to drive.

Fuel economy remains one of the most compelling reasons to opt for the Sierra 1500 rather than its Ford, Dodge, or Toyota rivals; thanks to Active Fuel Management, the big GM V-8s get better mpg than the others.

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Work Truck2009 GMC Sierra 15002008 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 139" XLT Trunk2008 Ford F-1502007 Toyota Tundra 2007 Toyota Tundra
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With such a wide range of models, the 2009 GMC Sierra covers all the bases; it’s also arguably better-looking than its Chevy Silverado counterpart.
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The Ford F-150 is a solid truck that is due for its 2009 model makeover, but it’s good enough that it may be all the truck you need or want.
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$19,375Browse Used Listings$17,900Browse Used Listings$22,290Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg 126.8" V6 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Reg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab 6.5' StylesideReg Cab
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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