|High Country $53,000 Starting||Top Trims||Denali $54,700 Starting|
When comparing vehicles that share the same platform, it is sometimes difficult to discern the differences, but it’s when you really look at the details that you can see that they are truly two different vehicles. The 2019 Chevy Silverado vs 2019 GMC Sierra is a comparison that to some may seem irrelevant, however, these are some of the most important comparisons. In the past, when manufacturers use the same platform they have been criticized for selling the same vehicle, so it is important for them to differentiate themselves from each other.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2019 GMC Sierra have pick-ups in every class. However, the light truck class is their most competitive segment. Being as this is the most popular pick-up truck class, the competition is excruciatingly competitive. With trucks such as the F-150, which is battling the Toyota Corolla as the top-selling vehicle of all time; and the Ram 1500, which has won more “Truck of the Year” awards then seems possible; GM has a lot to prove.
In all ways mechanical, the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra are identical. There are no differences in engine, transmission, or transfer case of the two trucks. Mechanically, the only difference lies in different suspension tuning which comes from slight shock and spring adjustments. The basic architecture of the trucks is also the same, which gave the designers a similar platform to start with, creating a challenge for them to differentiate the two brands.
Yet once you zoom into the details, it becomes clear what sets these two trucks apart, and what makes them some of the best selling trucks in the market. Let's dive in to see which truck truly comes out on top!
The interior is the most important part of a truck. Whether you use your vehicle for work, play, or as your daily driver, the interior is where all of your time is spent. These two trucks have some of the best interiors available today, and while they are similar since the architecture is based on the same platform, the execution has been made unique between the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 GMC Sierra.
The Silverado has a wide range of interiors, from stripped out to upscale, the Silverado has a trim level for every customer. The wide range of trims is what makes the Silverado so accessible to anyone. The entry-level trucks are not only affordable for those looking to keep to their budget, but also offer customers that are looking to use their trucks for work purposes a simplified interior to keep costs and complications to a minimum. The entry-level truck can be had with the powerful V8 and four-wheel drive, making it the perfect vehicle for those looking for simplicity, affordability, and usability. The higher trims come with the same features as any luxury vehicle. Features range from heated and ventilated seats to a heads up display to even a 4G WiFi hotspot. The Silverado has every option you could imagine and at every price point, making it the most versatile truck in the class.
The Sierra has a similar set up to the Silverado. Overall packaging is similar, though the materials tend to be slightly more posh. However, customers are extremely limited in their options. The interior also borrows heavily from the Silverado form with similar switches and buttons, taking away from the separation of the vehicle and making a space that feels similar overall to the more affordable Silverado.
The exterior of these two trucks truly is the defining factor. The shared frame is difficult to even recognize between the trucks. Only when looking at the overall shape of the cabin can the similarities be seen. The front and rear of the trucks are completely unique and are deserving of the separate nameplates.
The Silverado has a much sportier look to it. The front end is slightly reminiscent of the Camaro and it wears several sporty features. The most noticeable of these are, of course, the side scoops. The front fenders run slightly lower than what is traditional in a truck and protrude down to where the bumper would normally reside. Beneath the small fender section is a narrow intake that channels air down the side of the truck and creates an air blanket that flows down the side of the truck and reduces aerodynamic drag. The small scoops make a big visual impact and drive home the dynamic nature of the truck. Further fender peninsulas extend into the headlamps, giving a slight squinted eye/crows feet look to the front of the truck, but add to the aggressive nature of the appearance. The grill is separated into several sections, the two main sections being dissected by a large grill insert.
Down the side of the truck, there are extensive body lines flaring in and out and giving depth the abundance of real estate created by the high belt-line and low rocker panels. The rear is similarly designed. With cuts and grooves cut out everywhere to distract the eye from the sheer size of the tailgate, which has a taller and wider opening than ever before. A body line dissects it near the bottom, creating the illusion of a separate panel. The rear corner steps, while extremely helpful, take away from the overall look of the truck.
The Silverado is clearly the sportier looking version of the two trucks and visually is one of the most unique trucks ever designed. With body lines and contours not typically seen on a truck, the massive truck is broken down into sections, creating an illusion for the eye that makes the truck look both smaller and bigger at the same time. It is one of the best looking trucks to date and will truly go down in history for its unique body.
The Sierra took the frame and went the opposite direction with the design. The truck is more composed, it draws you into its curves and muscular arches. The design can’t stand up against the unique and daring visual effects of the Silverado but it has a more sophisticated and classic look to it. On its own, the Sierra is well designed and has angled wheel arches that compliment the rolling body lines and the masculine front end. However, when compared to the visually superior Silverado, the Sierra just doesn’t differentiate itself enough from the other trucks in the segment and quickly falls into the sea of meritocracy that has flooded much of modern vehicle design. The truck does fit quite well with GMC’s current design elements of their other vehicles, however, and is still visually attractive, just not as striking as the Silverado.
Price is clearly a major concern for any customer. While these two trucks ride on the same platform, they ultimately come in at very different prices. The 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 GMC Sierra have over 28 different combinations of engines, drivetrain and trim packages to choose from, so let's play the low/high game.
The Chevy Silverado has an MSRP for the base trim that starts at $28,300 and the highest trim starting at $53,000. The GMC Sierra MSRP starts at $33,500 for the base up to $54,700 starting for the Denali.
Truthfully there isn’t much of an argument here. The Silverado has a lower starting and ending price. Not only this, but the trucks have nearly all of the same features and operate using the same platform and engine options. The Silverado has much better value built in throughout the truck and across the entire line up. Customers that are looking for a value truck for basic operations, a powerful V8 4x4, or a fully loaded highway cruiser, the Chevrolet Silverado offers a package to fit their price point at a more economical level than the Sierra.