Sierra vs. Silverado: Are They Really That Different?

Sierra or Silverado? Silverado or Sierra? It’s probably a question you’re asking yourself, wondering what makes these two trucks that are built on the same platform so different.

You’re probably wondering, “Are they really that different at all?”

Well, yeah, they sure are! And though they share so much of the same DNA, there is a lot that separates these two trucks.

Let’s dig in and find out exactly where they stand apart.

A Little Bit of Luxury

The first and most obvious difference between a GMC Sierra 1500 and a Chevy Silverado is how the Sierra embraces a bit more of the finer things in life.

Whereas the Silverado is a little more rough-and-tumble, a bit more down-and-dirty, the Sierra is much more refined, even at the lower trim levels.

With a cabin that boasts luxurious seating and a mix of soft-touch surfaces, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re in a GMC pickup when you’re cruising in a Sierra 1500.

And that sense of more buttoned-up luxury extends to the driving profile as well, as the Sierra offers a ride and handling that is simply more refined than it’s more rugged brother, the Silverado.

A bit softer suspension paired with more stable driving dynamics (making cornering more of a breeze) gives the Sierra a much more comfortable sensibility.

Those Looks

When it comes to buying a new truck, let’s face it, looks are important.

And simply put, the Sierra 1500 is a better-looking, more forward-thinking truck than the more staid Silverado.

With a front end that harkens back as far as the 1980s of Chevy trucks, the Silverado just looks a bit more old school than the Sierra 1500. Sure, for some that nostalgia might be ideal. But if you want a truck that is pushing the boundaries of design, than the Sierra 1500 is the choice here.

A Bit More Reliable

According to the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, the Sierra 1500 is a more reliable truck than the Silverado. Of course, it was only by a nose, as the Sierra scored an 86 to the Silverado’s 85.

Which is to say that the Silverado is almost equally as reliable as the Sierra 1500. But if you’re looking for the truck that comes with the official stamp of reliability, it’s the Sierra 1500.

That’s All, Folks!

Beyond that, these two trucks are essentially the same. Same infotainment systems, same powertrain options, same bed size options.

Really, it comes down to a matter of choice and the question of whether you want to own a truck that is a little more buttoned up or a bit more down and dirty.

If it’s the former, the GMC Sierra 1500 is the truck for you.