2008 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Its Competition

2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Work Truck
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In the field of full-size trucks, brand loyalty is an especially strong factor, with die-hards for the bow tie or the blue oval.

But objectively, next to the F-150, the Silverado offers better steering and sharper handling, though some might like the F-150's interior design, which is more businesslike yet still upscale.

Styling is a big differentiator; the Sierra has a softer design, while the other competitors have the more aggressive, faux-semi look in front.

Fuel economy is a strong point for the Sierra; with the 4.8- or 5.3-liter engines, it gets better ratings in city and highway driving than all of its rivals with similar-sized engines--at a time when every mile per gallon really counts.

The 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 has one or two fewer gears than the Tundra.

The Tundra--especially in top-trim versions--is especially competitive with the Silverado, as it offers a comfortable, classy interior and 5.7-liter V-8 that's more powerful than GM's 6.0-liter.

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The 2008 GMC Sierra isn’t the most macho-looking of the full-size trucks, but it’s one of the easiest to live with.
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Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 20 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 (GS)
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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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