Comparison Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra

2023 RAM 1500 driving in residential area

2023 RAM 1500


GMC Sierra

3.6L V6 Engine

Base Engine

2.7L Turbo engine
12,750 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

11,800 pounds
Up to 20 mpg

Base City MPG

Up to 18 mpg
Up to 25 mpg

Base Highway MPG

Up to 20 mpg
Coil Springs / Air


Leaf Springs

Is RAM 1500 better than GMC Sierra? Although the GMC Sierra 1500 looks pretty good on paper, the RAM 1500 is the better choice. Although we may seem biased, the experts have great things to say about the RAM 1500 pickup line. Car & Driver gave the Sierra 1500 a respectable 8.5 points out of 10 in their 2023 review. That’s not bad, but it pales compared to the RAM 1500’s perfect 10.



Any Surprise driver who compares the 2023 RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500 will see that when both pickups are properly specced and equipped, the RAM 1500 can tow nearly a half-ton more weight than the GMC Sierra 1500. The RAM 1500 is also a comfortable choice. If you want a truck for every day and not just for work, you’ve got to take a closer look at the RAM.

RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500: Ride Quality

Although ride quality can be subjective, the RAM 1500 pickup wins this comparison from an objective standpoint. Like most pickups, the GMC Sierra 1500 uses a rear leaf-spring suspension, while the RAM 1500 pickup features standard rear coil spring suspension. While the leaf spring design is adequate for towing and hauling, the coil spring setup smooths out road bumps better.

The RAM 1500 pickup’s available Air Suspension provides an even smoother ride on the roads of Peoria and Goodyear. The air suspension can be adjusted for specific terrain and then automatically reverts to the ideal ride height based on vehicle speed.

RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500: Gas Mileage

When it comes to fuel efficiency, you’ll appreciate the base engine in the RAM 1500 pickup outperforms the base engine in the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup by a noticeable margin. The RAM 1500 gets 25 mpg highway to the 22 mpg rating of the GMC Sierra.

Both models are offered with V8 gasoline engines or six-cylinder turbodiesel engines. The RAM 1500 with the diesel engine and AWD gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway compared to the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the diesel-powered GMC Sierra 1500 on those same roads.

RAM 1500 vs. GMC Sierra 1500: Luxury Features

While unusual to compare the luxury equipment of two pickups, both are offered with available luxury amenities. Here is a look at a few areas where the differences are hard to ignore:

  • The GMC is offered with an optional 12-speaker Bose® audio system. Choose the RAM, and you’ll have access to up to 19 speakers with the optional Harman/Kardon® setup.
  • The GMC’s optional “Multi-Flex” tailgate can transform into a step for the job site. The RAM takes a different approach with a gate that can swing down like a traditional unit or swing out to the side. Paired with the RAM’s built-in bed step, we think its tailgate design is ultimately more practical for daily use.

The 2023 RAM 1500 Delivers More in Wickenburg

Ready to experience the RAM 1500 for yourself? Explore our online inventory and online finance application, and then, reach out to schedule a test drive. At Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Wickenburg, we look forward to showing you how capable this RAM truck is!


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