2020 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

August 28th, 2020 by


2020 GMC Sierra 1500


2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

If you’re interested in a new truck, you can’t beat the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 or the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While both of these trucks can handle a variety of adventures both on and off the road, they have their fair share of differences that set them apart. Read on to learn more about the latest GMC Sierra 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to determine which best suits your style and needs.

Trim Levels and Exterior Features

The latest GMC Sierra 1500 gives you a choice between six trim levels: Base, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali. The Silverado features eight different trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country.

While they’re both powerhouse-looking vehicles, their trim levels have exterior differences that make each of them unique. You can also choose from different exterior colors and configurations for a more customized look with each truck. The Sierra 1500 comes in stunning colors like Dark Sky Metallic and Onyx black, while the Silverado 1500 comes in Summit White and Red Hot.

Engine Options

Both trucks offer plenty of power under the hood. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 features several engine options: 

  • 4.3-liter V-6 engine that generates 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.
  • 2.7-liter I-4 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
  • 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine that gets 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine that gets 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
  • 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460-pound-feet of torque.

In comparison, the latest Silverado 1500 comes with six different engine options:

  • 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine that generates 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
  • Two 5.3-liter V-8 engines that produce 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
  • 2.7-liter engine that generates 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
  • 4.3-liter V-6 engine that gets 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.
  • 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Driving Performance

Both trucks offer a powerful ride no matter your destination. Each truck offers a six, eight, and 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the engine you get. 

While the Sierra’s 2.7-liter engine features an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 5.3-liter engine comes with an eight- or 10-speed automatic transmission, the 6.2-liter engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the 3.0-liter engine gets a 10-speed transmission.

While the Chevy Silverado’s 5.3-liter engine with dynamic fuel management and its 2.7-liter turbo engine both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 3.0-liter and 6.2-liter engines feature a 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the 5.3-liter engine with active fuel management and 4.3-liter V-6 engine with active fuel management have a six-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of the driving system, the GMC Sierra 1500 comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, while the Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup features four-wheel drive.

Interior Comfort and Style

Both trucks feature a comfortable and modern cabin for drivers and passengers to enjoy. While the Silverado 1500 seats up to six passengers, the Sierra seats up to three, five, or six passengers, depending on the configuration and your specifications.

Notable interior features with the GMC Sierra include a leather and heated steering wheel, climate control, front seatback storage, and eight-way power driver’s and front passenger seat. Other available features include a manual tilt and telescoping steering column, a center console vault, heated driver’s and front passenger seats, and 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support.

The Silverado features four-way manually adjustable front seats, though you can upgrade to 10-way power-adjustable front seats. In addition, front seatback storage is available on some Silverado trims, and you can also add on a heated steering wheel for added luxury. Other available upgrades for the Silverado include heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

Entertainment and Connectivity

The Sierra and Silverado come with plenty of high-tech features to keep you and your passengers entertained on the road ahead. 

The GMC Sierra features a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, built-in navigation, wireless phone charging, a Bose audio system, and a touch screen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can connect your smartphone to the truck and get access to several applications. You can also send and receive text messages and phone calls with voice recognition, which encourages you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. You can upgrade to an 8-inch touch screen, HD radio, SiriusXM, and a Bose sound system.

Similar to the Sierra 1500, the Silverado 1500 has a touch-screen infotainment system, a mobile hotspot, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also upgrade the Silverado’s tech offerings when you opt for a higher trim level that features an 8-inch touch screen, built-in navigation, and wireless phone charging.

Safety Features

Whether driving in town or on the highway, both the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado can get you and your passengers to your next destination safely. 

The Sierra comes with several available safety and driver-assistance to give you added confidence behind the wheel. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500’s safety features include automated emergency braking, a forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a lane-departure warning. You also get lane-keeping assist and a rear-cross traffic alert to help you maneuver the truck on the road.

In comparison, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado comes with various safety features, including StabiliTrak, which is an electronic stability control system that comes with traction control. This feature makes it easier for the Silverado to travel on slippery road conditions. Other safety and driver-assistance features for the Silverado vary by trim level. 

If interested in stacking up the GMC Sierra against similar trucks, check out our Toyota Tacoma and Ram 1500 pickup truck comparisons.

If you’re ready to shop for your new truck, stop by Sweeney Buick-GMC. We offer a great selection of trucks for you and your family to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a certain amount of power or high-tech features, you’re sure to find everything you need in a pickup at Sweeney Buick-GMC. Let us answer your automotive questions and get you driving off the lot in your dream truck today!

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