The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup that offers buyers a choice of powerful engines. Salinas GMC shoppers tell us they appreciate the Sierra 1500’s incredible versatility. It’s available in a configuration that’s perfect for just about every need, including a work truck, a powerful towing and hauling machine, a rugged off-roader and a luxurious daily driver. It’s no wonder the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is such a popular truck.
Some truck buyers considering the GMC Sierra 1500 may also be thinking about buying the 2020 Ford F-150, another full-size pickup that competes with the Sierra. We’ll examine both models side by side to determine which one comes out on top.
According to the GMC dealership near Salinas, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 has six different engine configurations on offer. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 that generates 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Ford F-150 has six available engines. The base powerplant is a 3.3-liter V6 that makes 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. While the two engines have equivalent horsepower figures, the Sierra 1500 develops more torque. This translates into more power to spin the wheels.
Both trucks have an available turbodiesel option. The Ford F-150 is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 engine that produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra 1500’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 only puts out 250 hp and 440 lb-ft.
If you’re looking to get the most fuel economy for your pickup, you’ll choose the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 over the 2020 Ford F-150. The Sierra’s turbodiesel engine returns up to an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway with two-wheel drive.* The best fuel economy numbers you’ll get from the Ford F-150 is 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the turbodiesel with two-wheel drive.
While the starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the base F-150 is less than that of the Sierra 1500, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The base F-150 is a bare-bones truck that comes with standard features such as manual door locks, an AM/FM radio, vinyl floors and some other basic features. If you decide to add amenities like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, you’ll have to pay more. The Sierra 1500 gets more advanced standard features, including power features, AC, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If you’re looking for room to haul large items, you’ll appreciate the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500’s large bed. The Regular Cab gets a full 89.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 2020 Ford F-150’s 8-foot cargo bed only holds 77.4 cubic feet. The Sierra 1500 gets exclusive features for the cargo bed that you won’t find on the F-150, including a multifunction tailgate, movable tiedowns, and a strong carbon-fiber bed.
The 2020 Ford F-150 is a popular pickup with many good qualities. However, when you compare it with the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, it’s outpaced in many important categories. The Sierra has more powerful base and turbodiesel engines, higher fuel economy figures, a more spacious cargo box, and is a better value.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.