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2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500

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  • 2022 GMC Sierra 1500

    A black 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is angled left.

    Starting at

    $32,495*

    2022 Chevy Silverado 1500

    A black 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT is angled right.

    Starting at

    Est $31,000*

    277-420Horsepower (hp)277-420
    383-460Torque (lb-ft)383-460
    Standard on Denali UltimateSuper Cruise AvailabilityAvailable on High Country

    Do you know the difference between GMC and Chevrolet? Many people believe that GMC is the fancier version of Chevrolet thanks to luxurious trims like the Denali and other premium features. But what else distinguishes the brands from one another? Especially when you pit two best-selling trucks like the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 against one another?

    As companies under the General Motors umbrella, GMC and Chevrolet offered essentially the same vehicles for years. This was apparent in the late 1990s with the debut of the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado, two trucks that only distinguished themselves by their badging, headlights, and grille design. Known as "badge engineering," GMC and Chevy didn't need to distinguish the best-selling trucks further and extended the principle to popular SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, and GMC Yukon. But what does any of this have to do with the latest 2022 Sierra 1500 and the 2022 Silverado 1500? It sets the stage for change.

    General Motors shocked the industry in 2019 when the automaker separated the truck twins by distinguishing the Sierra from the Silverado with unique exteriors. Behind the scenes, the truck still shared the same chassis, engines, and basic design features but, from the outside, the Sierra and Silverado looked remarkably different. This is where we find the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 today. Under the hood, they're the same trucks, but the devil is in the details, and choosing between these best-selling options comes down to your preferences and the details you like better.

  • Powertrains

    A black 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 is shown off roading in the woods after competing in a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 competition.

    Who doesn't like options? General Motors knows that customers appreciate having plenty of choices, which is why you'll find that both the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 offer four powertrains that deliver a wide range of power and capability. This allows you to customize how the truck performs and ensure it meets all your driving needs.

    Three Gasoline Engines

    The standard powertrain is the 2.7-liter turbo high-output engine that's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With several enhancements to the engine's design, the turbo is quieter and more capable than ever. It delivers the best torque of any standard engine at 420 lb-ft, which is a 20 percent increase over previous models, and churns out 310 horses. This power makes the GMC Sierra capable of towing up to 9,400 pounds and the Chevy Silverado capable of hauling up to 9,500 pounds.

    The 5.3-liter V8 is next in the lineup and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum trailering capacity of 11,200 pounds on both trucks. You'll find even greater power and capability when you opt for the 6.2-liter V8 engine, the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in the segment. Paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 6.2-liter churns out 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque to make the Silverado and the Sierra road warriors capable of hauling up to 13,000 and 13,300 pounds, respectively.

    The Duramax Diesel

    Diesel fans aren't forgotten, with GMC and Chevy offering a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel that's designed to work hard without breaking a sweat. The Duramax pushes the Silverado's and Sierra's strength even further, delivering best-in-class diesel horsepower of 277 and 460 lb-ft of torque. This power is responsible for the trucks' impressive towing capability, with the Sierra offering a best-in-class 4WD towing capacity of up to 13,000 pounds and the Silverado pulling up to 13,300 pounds on 2WD models.

  • Technology

    A close up shows the HUD in a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4.

    GMC and Chevrolet promise that the Sierra and Silverado are the most luxurious, advanced, and capable trucks yet. How do the automakers deliver on that promise? It starts with a suite of cutting-edge technology that's designed to keep you connected, informed, and safe when you're on the road.

    Super Cruise

    The 2022 Sierra and Silverado are the first GM trucks to offer Super Cruise, which is the first true hands-free driver-assist technology in the industry. On the Sierra, the feature is standard on the all-new Sierra Denali Ultimate trim and is available on the Sierra Denali, while the Silverado only offers it as an option on the High Country. The system, which works with LiDAR map data and a driver attention system to monitor where you're looking, is compatible with over 200,000 miles of roads throughout the United States and Canada. It allows you to take your hands off the wheel and let the truck navigate the road ahead just as long as you keep your eyes and your focus on the road ahead.

    Knowing that trucks like the Silverado and Sierra will tow heavy loads, Chevy and GMC equip the trucks with plenty of driver-assist and trailering technology. Super Cruise even works with a trailer, sensing additional drag and adjusting braking distance as needed. The trucks are also equipped with an eight-camera system that offers 14 available camera views on the Sierra. By giving you a view of the truck and trailer from every angle along with tools like Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert and an in-vehicle trailering app, the automakers make your job easier whether you're cruising the highway with a trailer or running errands around town.

    Driver-Assist Features

    Beyond trailering technology and Super Cruise, the Silverado and Sierra are also laden with innovative safety features that enhance your visibility and actively minimize the potential for collision. The GMC Pro Safety suite is standard on every trim, as is the Chevy Safety Assist suite. These suites include tools like Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. You'll also find plenty of available upgrades, including a high-definition rear vision camera that gives you a wider, less obstructed view behind the truck.

  • New Trims

    A black 2022 GMC 1500 Sierra Denali Ultimate is shown parked in the driveway of a modern house.

    Chevrolet and GMC know how to keep their lineups exciting by introducing new features and trims. This is certainly the case for 2022, with GMC debuting the first-ever Sierra Denali Ultimate trim that promises the most luxury and cutting-edge technology in the segment. Chevrolet didn't want to be outdone and put a new twist on its Silverado lineup with the introduction of the first-ever Silverado ZR2, an adventurous road warrior ready for the trail.

    The Ultimate Denali Truck

    The Denali name is well-known as GMC's most luxurious trim, but GMC took that luxury to a new level when it delivered the most advanced and most luxurious pickup in its class – the Sierra Denali Ultimate. The Ultimate is instantly recognizable with its unique front grille and badging in Vader Chrome, 22-inch Low Gloss Black wheels with machined accents, and Mount Denali front fender trim. It also comes with GMC's six-way MultiPro tailgate and the Denali Premium Suspension with the segment-exclusive Adaptive Ride Ride Control that delivers the smoothest ride in the segment.

    Inside, the Ultimate lives up to its name with an opulent, leather-trimmed interior that stretches from the instrument panel, door panels, and console lid to the front and rear seats. Open-pore wood trim complements the interior along with luxuries like the best-in-class 16-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats and a standard power sunroof. Technology is also plentiful, and the Ultimate is equipped with Super Cruise, a standard Rear Camera Mirror with a full camera display, a 15-inch multicolor Head-Up Display, and a 12-speaker premium surround-sound system for an immersive listening experience.

    Off-Road Machines

    Switching gears, Chevy leaves luxury up to GMC and, instead, gives drivers an adventure-ready truck with the first-ever Silverado ZR2. Coming straight from the factory ready for the trail, the ZR2 features unique off-road components like a specially-tuned suspension, Multimatic DSS spool-valve dampers, and a high-approach front bumper that makes it an attractive trail runner. Sitting on 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires, it sits higher off the ground and is instantly recognizable with its black grille and "flowtie" for better aerodynamics, raised hood, exclusive wheel opening moldings, and animated LED headlamps.

    Inside, the ZR2 also stands apart from the others and proves that you can blaze a new trail in comfort and style. Its Jet Black/Graystone leather-trimmed interior is exclusive to the model and is complemented by dark trim accents throughout the cabin. However, while Chevy has no answer to the GMC Sierra Denali, GMC does have a counterpart to the Silverado ZR2. The brand-new Sierra AT4X boasts a very similar list of off-road features but combines them with GMC's more luxurious style for a truly one-of-a-kind off-road machine.

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