2017 Ram 1500 vs GMC Sierra

Light- and medium-duty pickups are a highly popular choice for drivers in Richmond, New Baltimore or the Detroit area who are looking for something that provides a bit more oomph than a typical SUV, with ease of handling and plenty of cargo hauling capability.

When it comes to light duty pickups, GMC and Ram are often at the head of the class competing for the top spot. But does the GMC Sierra or the Ram 1500 stand out as the better pickup for the everyday driver, or light-duty workhorse? Check out the clash of the titans as the 2017 Ram 1500 goes toe-to-toe with the GMC Sierra, and discover which one is the best light-duty pickup.

2017 Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra

Both the 2017 Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra come in a wide variety of engine sizes, body styles, configurations and towing capacities. Though not as rugged as heavy-duty trucks, they still make the most out of what they have to offer. The biggest differences between the two are in terms of powertrain options, off-road capability and interior space. Let’s take a look at how each category breaks down.

Powertrain Options

Both of these trucks come with choices in engine. The new GMC Sierra is powered by a standard V6 engine, and is upgradeable to a 5.3L V8 or a 6.2L V8. For the latter engine, however, you have to choose a high-level trim.

The Ram 1500, on the other hand, gives you a 3.6L V6 which gives you 305 horsepower paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. At any trim above the base you can upgrade to a 5.7L V8 or a turbocharged diesel engine for superior performance, torque and fuel economy.

To read more about the Ram 1500, check out our complete vehicle review.

Off-Road Performance

The Sierra does a pretty solid job of providing comfort when driving on the roads, but it’s not designed for off-road travel. While the Sierra has a solid suspension, it tends to suffer from the bumps and jars and grooves you’ll hit off-roading. The Ram 1500, by comparison, is built specifically to take on rugged terrain. In fact, the 1500 offers an off-road-specific trim in the Rebel level. It comes with Bilstein shock absorbers, special tow hooks, and exterior LED lights.

The R/T add-on package for the Ram 1500 gives you bigger, more rugged wheels, limited slip-differential and high-performance gearing. At any trim level, you get one of the most advanced suspensions in the entire class. If you’re going to be off-roading, the Ram 1500 is where it’s at.

Interior Comfort

One of the biggest selling points of the Ram 1500 is that Ram knows comfort is as important as performance. Even at the base trim it has superior quality materials, and at upper trim levels you even get leather upholstery and wood interior touches. It offers a level of seating comfort that’s among the best in class. The crew cab version gives tons of room in the back seat. The Uconnect infotainment system offers the most advanced suite of technology infotainment options available.

While the Sierra is very comfortable, it has less legroom and the materials quality doesn’t quite match up to the Ram’s, nor is there quite as much room in the cabin. Also, many of the standard features on the Ram are available only on upper level trims of the Sierra.

Test Drive the Ram 1500 at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CJDR

If you’d like to test drive the 2017 Ram 1500, stop into Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CJDR, or give us a call to talk about getting behind the wheel today!