Comparison: 2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra

Comparison: 2018 Ram 1500 vs 2018 GMC Sierra

New England drivers who need a new full-size pickup with an efficient engine and a well-equipped exterior that’s ready for any outdoor excursion often think of Ram first. But because drivers in Newton are smart, they always compare models before deciding.

In the face-off between the 2018 Ram 1500 and the 2018 GMC Sierra, it's a close call, but one truck proves superior. Read on, then visit us to take the Ram 1500 out for a test drive: 

Engine Options and Fuel Economy

Ram 1500

The 2018 Ram 1500 comes with three engine options. The base is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 Flex Fuel engine, making 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the 1500 is the only truck in its class with a turbodiesel option, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbocharged V6. The most powerful option is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that churns out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. All engines have an 8-speed automatic transmission and the option for four-wheel drive.

The turbodiesel gets an excellent 21 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while the V6 gets up to 25 MPG highway and the V8 gets up to 22 MPG highway.

GMC Sierra

The 2018 Sierra does not come with the option for a turbodiesel engine, and none of its powertrains can match the EcoDiesel’s fuel economy. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. There’s also 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 variants that make a respective 355 and 420 horsepower. The V6 has a 6-speed automatic transmission while the V8s both have 8-speed automatics, and all models come with the option for all-wheel drive.

The GMC truck’s V6 engine gets up to 24 MPG, while the 5.3-liter V8 gets up to 23 MPG and the 6.2-liter gets up to 21 MPG. 

Exterior Features

Ram 1500

The 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman comes standard with power heated mirrors, incandescent taillamps, quad-halogen headlights, black grill and fascia, a spray-in bed liner, and all-season tires. The Express trim adds fog lamps and a body-colored grille and fascia.

Available exterior features on the 1500 upper trims include an under-rail bed liner, running boards, chrome side steps, and the RamBox Cargo Management System, including a pickup box with integrated bins, bed rails, four adjustable cleats, dual-purpose bed divider/extender, and LED bed lighting system. You can also opt for power-folding, heated, auto-dimming side mirrors, a Sport Performance Hood, and Sport blackout-look bifunctional halogen projector headlights.

GMC Sierra

The Sierra comes standard with manually-adjustable mirrors, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and a chrome grille and bumper. The spray-in bed liner is optional on most models, upgraded headlights and fog lights are only available on upper trims.

Optional features include Assist Steps, a Cargo Box with movable tie-downs and box rail caps, high-performance LED headlamps, and an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate. The Sierra is not available with an equivalent to the RamBox Cargo Management System.

Pricing

Ram 1500

Starting at $27,095 MSRP

GMC Sierra

Starting at $29,000 MSRP

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