GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Ford F-150

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, Automotive Editor - February 6, 2019

When it comes to full-size pickup trucks, there's the Ford F-150 and the rest of the competition. Year after year, the F-150 handily outsells its competition in spades, continually ranking as one of the best-selling vehicles in the US. Tired of coming behind the F-150, General Motor's luxury truck brand, GMC, came out with an all-new Sierra 1500 for the 2019 model year. With more technology, a larger cabin, a larger cargo box, and more luxury features, the Sierra 1500 is more equipped to take on the F-150 than ever.

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What the Sierra 1500 Gets Right

If you're looking to get the latest tech in a full-size pickup truck, the GMC Sierra 1500 is the better option. For the 2019 model year, GMC came out with a six-function MultiPro Tailgate that gives owners numerous possibilities. It's a nice feature that many owners will love.

High-tech features that are available on the Sierra 1500 include a ProGrade Trailering System with hitch guidance, hitch view, and an in-vehicle trailering app, a surround-view camera, a 15-inch head-up display, an 8-inch driver information center, side mirror cameras, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a wireless charger.

When it comes to interior space, the Sierra 1500 is well ahead of the F-150 in specific areas. GMC's truck has more front head room and front leg room, which means it's going to be a much more comfortable vehicle to drive on a long trip.

What the F-150 Gets Right

Pricing is an area where the F-150 beats the Sierra 1500. The base F-150 costs $29,750, while the Sierra 1500 is priced at $37,395. While prices for While prices for pickup trucks continue to rise, that's a drastic $7,645 in the F-150's favor.

Consumers looking for a full-size pickup to tow heavy cargo should look at the F-150. When properly equipped, Ford's pickup can tow up to 13,200 pounds. That's 1,000 pounds more than the Sierra 1500, which is rated to tow up to 12,200 pounds. In the world of towing, that's a large difference that firmly makes the F-150 the obvious choice for consumers that do a lot of it.

Do You Want Luxury or a Heavy-Duty Tower?

Choosing between the Sierra 1500 and the F-150 boils down to technology and entry-level luxury. The Sierra 1500 is more modern than the F-150 and is better equipped in its lower trims, though it comes at a much higher price tag. Where the F-150 shines, is with its towing capacity.

The Verdict: Ford F-150

The innovative six-function MultiPro Tailgate and incredible amount of available tech on the GMC Sierra 1500 make this a close race, but in the end, it's the Ford F-150 that wins. With more body styles to choose from and a higher towing capacity, the F-150 continues to be the truck to beat.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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