Compare 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2012 Ram 1500

2012 GMC Sierra 1500
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2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 13 18 $42,277 $45,460
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $29,946 $32,200
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $30,820 $33,140
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $37,004 $39,790
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 14 19 $28,804 $30,320
Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Xtra Fuel Economy 15 22 $32,452 $34,895
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $28,016 $30,125
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $28,713 $30,875
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $33,996 $36,555
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 15 20 $25,023 $26,340
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $29,690 $31,925
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $34,275 $36,855
Sierra 1500 2WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $26,961 $28,380
Sierra 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 14 19 $26,007 $27,965
Sierra 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,307 $22,195
Sierra 1500 2WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 14 19 $26,119 $28,085
Sierra 1500 2WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,681 $22,585
Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $32,898 $35,375
Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $33,833 $36,380
Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $39,934 $42,940
Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $31,796 $33,470
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $31,038 $33,375
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $31,680 $34,065
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $36,925 $39,705
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $28,899 $30,420
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $32,712 $35,175
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $37,204 $40,005
Sierra 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $29,953 $31,530
Sierra 1500 4WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 13 18 $29,313 $31,520
Sierra 1500 4WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,609 $25,635
Sierra 1500 4WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 13 18 $29,592 $31,820
Sierra 1500 4WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,897 $25,935
Sierra 1500 AWD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 12 18 $45,207 $48,610
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2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $37,173 $40,370
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $34,619 $37,485
1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $35,945 $38,910
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $33,025 $35,630
1500 2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" R/T 14 20 $29,644 $32,135
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
1500 2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
1500 2WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
1500 2WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
1500 2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
1500 2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman HD 14 20 $26,686 $28,905
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $40,036 $43,515
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $31,480 $33,960
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $37,549 $40,705
1500 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $38,498 $41,660
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $29,003 $31,105
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $35,997 $38,850
1500 4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 19 $24,743 $26,585
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Sport 13 19 $32,339 $35,055
1500 4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
1500 4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
1500 4WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
1500 4WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $25,008 $26,885
1500 4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $25,008 $26,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,277
$30,845
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,460
$33,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$758 / month
$554 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 GMC Sierra has one of the greenest pickup trucks in its lineup, but some of its early spec-sheet triumphs have been bested by the latest F-150 and Ram. The 2012 Ram 1500 is big and burly yet very detail-oriented; and for those who want a good ride and refined interior, it's one of the best bets.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
18 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.1 65.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.0
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Front Hip Room (in)
62.5 63.2
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 40.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 41.0
Second Hip Room (in)
65.4 63.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 66.0
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.9
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
47.2 48.4
Wheelbase (in)
143.5 140.5
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9.0 9.6
Cab to Axle (in)
32.0 28.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.0 79.4
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
32.9 34.6
Overhang, Front (in)
39.4 40.0
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
148.9 152.6
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
230.2 229.0
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
12.3 9.0
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
73.8 75.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume (ft³)
53.2 50.3
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
61.5 66.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
50.6 51.0
Tailgate Width (in)
61.5 60.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
69.3 67.4
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 52.4
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
62.4 66.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
21.0 20.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.8 x 0.9
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.4 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 13.2 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 26.0
Fuel Tank Location
Driver Side Inboard Frame Rails
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
16.7 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
47.2 44.9
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3 17.9
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
QSS TTJ
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2044 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZRS TBS
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P275/55R20 P275/60R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2044 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
QSS TTJ
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
2304 - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P275/55R20 P275/60R20
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
6600 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
990 1298
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6600 8650
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
12000 14000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3950 3900
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2136 2216
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6800 6800
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3650 3700
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
3075 2954
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x 8.5 20 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 20 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 8.5 20 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 730
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
145 160
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
403 @ 5700 390 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
417 @ 4300 407 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
L9H EZH
Displacement
6.2L/378 5.7L/345
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
14 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
18 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 14
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 1.67
Trans Order Code
MYC DG1
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 3.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.50
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
Crew Cab 5.8' Wideside Crew Cab Pickup
Vehicle Name
GMC Sierra 1500 Ram 1500
Body Code
E63 140.5" WB
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.42 3.55
Axle Type - Front
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 3700
Suspension Type - Rear
2-stage multi-leaf Multi-link coil
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3950 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
1.8 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Solid
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3950 3900
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3650 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Hydroformed Ladder type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
13.1 11.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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