Should My Next Truck Be a Chevy or a GMC?

July 10th, 2020 by

When comparing trucks for sale in Corsicana, TX, you may come across a white 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country, shown here driving on a dirt road in a field.

Imagine this: You’re driving down the road in Texas, and then you see a sign off in the distance. At first, it’s kind of hard to make out. But, before long, you can see it: “Trucks for Sale!” What a coincidence, you’re in the market for your next pickup truck, and that sign just rang a bell. Just like that, you find yourself rerouting to our dealership, Frank Kent Country. And immediately, you know you’re in the right place when you pull in and see those rows of beautiful new and used Chevy and GMC pickup trucks.

In fact, there are so many to choose from that your head almost begins to spin. Do you want a Chevy or a GMC truck? To figure this out, you must compare the various benefits of the two trucks, keeping your needs in mind. Today, we are going to assist in that analysis and compare the benefits of Chevy and GMC trucks. Let’s get into it!

Flagship Models

The first place to start when comparing Chevy and GMC is with their flagship, or most popular, models, the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500. There are some similarities, like, both have three cab configurations, the regular, the double, and the crew cab. Additionally, both offer the same engines. These are a 4.3L Ecotec3 V6 that provides 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, a 2.7L turbo engine with 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 that offers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, both of these flagship models offer a 3.0L Duramax Turbodiesel I6 with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque for those who want a diesel option. Beyond all of that, though, there are some key differences between the two models.

For starters, if you are looking for something on the more fuel-efficient side, the Silverado might be the way to go. The GMC Sierra’s fuel economy ranges from a combined 17 MPG to a combined 26 MPG, with many variations in between. On the other hand, the Chevy Silverado’s fuel economy goes from 19 MPG combined up to 27 MPG combined, with only a couple of variations in between. While the ranges are not entirely different, because of the fewer variations in fuel economy, the Silverado is more likely to provide better efficiency.

Another area the Silverado shines is in towing. The Chevy Silverado 1500 provides a towing capacity of well over 13,400 lbs, while the GMC Sierra 1500 provides just over 12,000 lbs. This could mean all the difference in the world to you as a driver, or no difference at all. Either way, the Silverado does offer greater towing capacity.

In terms of the flagship models from each manufacturer, it seems the Silverado does have a little bit more to offer. However, the differences are quite slight, and that decision may come down to how well you like the outer look of the trucks or the deal you can get on one or the other. Generally speaking, they offer the same performance unless you need to tow heavy loads. So, in this case, Chevy or GMC? Chevy if you are looking for the best towing and fuel economy; otherwise, it is up to your visual preference.

Midsize Pickups

Of course, beyond their flagship models, both Chevy and GMC feature other exceptional trucks. Both have popular trucks in the midsize segment for those who want a smaller vehicle with a lot of strength. In this class, Chevy offers the Colorado while GMC offers the Canyon. Both have the same configurations: an extended cab and a crew cab, and the same three engines. These engines are a 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, a 3.8L V6 that provides 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, and for diesel lovers, a 2.8L Duramax offering 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. And, both trucks can tow up to 7,700 lbs. But beyond those similarities, there are some differences.

With the midsize models, the GMC truck actually has the edge in terms of fuel economy. The numbers for the Canyon range from 19 MPG combined to 23 MPG combined. In comparison, the Colorado gets anywhere from 17 MPG combined to 23 MPG combined. While both offer up to 23 MPG, the Canyon has a higher starting point, making it the better option for fuel economy.

Additionally, while the Chevy Colorado has a lower price point, the GMC Canyon offers a number of extra features like Duralife brake rotors and projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting; these are features you will not get with the Colorado. So, for midsize models, Chevy or GMC? If you want a slightly less-expensive truck, the Chevy. If you wish to have better fuel economy and features, the GMC. It all depends on your priorities.

Heavy-Duty Trucks

Sometimes you need a truck that can handle the toughest jobs. Your heaviest trailer isn’t going to tow itself. This is where a heavy-duty truck is ideal for the job. Chevy offers up the Silverado 3500HD for this segment, while GMC adds in the Sierra 3500HD. Like the other trucks we have looked at, these two offer the same engines. The first is a 6.6L V8 gas engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, which produces 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. And the second is a Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 paired with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. This produces 445 hp and an incredible 910 lb-ft of torque, permitting these trucks to tow up to 35,500 pounds of trailer. However, these performance specs are about where the similarities end.

Unlike the other models we went over, these two do not have the same configuration options. While the Silverado 3500HD only comes with a crew cab, the Sierra 3500HD offers multiple, a crew cab, a double cab, and a regular cab. So, if you need something other than a crew cab, you will have to go with the GMC Sierra 3500HD. However, if you do not have a cab preference or you specifically want a crew cab, the two trucks are quite similar, with the Silverado 3500HD being a little more budget-friendly.

Overall, these two heavy-duty trucks are almost identical. All of their performance specs are the same, so it may come down to which you feel most comfortable in. Of course, though, if you do not want a crew cab, you cannot get the Silverado 3500HD. So, Chevy or GMC? Chevy, if you want something less expensive with all of the same performance capabilities. GMC, if you want cab choices. The choice is yours.

Test Drive a Truck Today

Do you know what you want now? Do you need to test drive to make the decision? Do you have more questions? Stop by Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, TX, and we can get you into what you want, let you take a test drive, and answer any questions you have. We are here for whatever you need. So, what are you waiting for? Visit us today and drive away in the perfect Chevy or GMC truck for you.