2016 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Its Competition

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

It's been just two years since the GMC Sierra and its nearly identical GM counterpart, the Chevrolet Silverado, were fully redesigned.

While some might have hoped these trucks would become a little more adventurous (their styling was particularly conservative), some of that has been remedied with 2015's retouch—and to most eyes, the GMC got the more eye-catching styling to begin with, anyhow.

In its own very task-minded way, the Sierra lineup stays competitive with the top trucks from Ram and Ford.

It looks like a traditionalist next to the new Ford F-150 and its weight-shedding aluminum body panels, new twin-turbo V-6 engine options, and even more tech-loaded interior.

Updates done to the Ram 1500 have most recently been given under the hood; with a new base engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and a new diesel (the only one for now, among light trucks), plus a coil-spring rear suspension, it offers one of the most comfortable rides (and some of the best fuel economy) among the full-size trucks.

The Toyota Tundra has a strong V-8 that’s great for towing, but it doesn’t ride as well and its interior can feel gimmicky and overstyled and is just not as nice to use.

The appeal of the Nissan Titan is narrower; it's the most dated design in this class, and it was aimed at personal use rather than the wide range of work uses the other trucks can be outfitted for.

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Quick Specs
8.2
Rugged, handsome simplicity sums up the attraction of the 2016 GMC Sierra, which charms in many ways and doesn't overcomplicate in any.
8.0
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado takes a traditional truck path but counters that with a comfortable, refined interior and a mother lode of technology.
8.6
The 2016 Ford F-150, fresh off a transformation that made it leaner yet much-improved in most ways, gets new Sync 3 infotainment and trailer-backup wizardry.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a smart pick for semi-heavy pulling power, but if you rarely or never tow big trailers, you're better served by a light-duty pickup.
8.2
The 2016 Ram 1500 will win over full-size truck buyers looking for a diesel offering and an opulent interior, but safety scores need improvement.
7.6
The 2015 Toyota Tundra looks interesting enough, but lacks the sophisticated drivetrains that you'll find in its competitors.
MSRP From     
$27,815$27,195$26,540$35,290$26,145$31,560
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 119.0"2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 122.5" XL2WD Crew Cab S Gas2WD Reg Cab 140.5" TradesmanDouble Cab 4.6L V8 6-Speed AT SR (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
333636
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Reg Cab PickupRegular Cab PickupRegular Cab StylesideCrew CabRegular CabDouble Cab
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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