2021 Ram 1500
Features & Specs
2021 GMC Sierra
Max horsepower
12,750 pounds
Max towing capacity
9,500 pounds
22 MPG
Combined fuel economy
17 MPG
45.2 inches
Second row legroom
43.4 inches

2021 Ram 1500 vs GMC Sierra

Buying a new truck is an exciting time. But it is also an overwhelming one, simply due to the wide variety of trucks in today's competitive market. Two trucks stand out in the class, however. The Ram 1500 and the GMC Sierra are two top competitors, and choosing between them can be very tough. That's why we want to give you an in-depth look at both trucks for you to decide which one is right for you. Continue reading below to learn more!

2021 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

The Ram 1500 offers four engines, giving every truck driver enough power for any job. Standard under the hood of the Tradesman and Big Horn is a 305-horsepower 3.6L V6 with 269 lb-ft of torque, plenty of power for daily driving, and light-duty hauling. The 5.7L V8 is optional on these trim levels but standard in the 5.7L V8, which kicks out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available with eTorque mild-hybrid technology, allowing for the max towing capacity of 12,750 pounds. The available 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel achieves 260 horsepower and a whopping 480 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, exclusive to the unrivaled TRX is a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that cranks out a mind-blowing 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The TRX rips from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds with the standard launch control and paddle shifters! A smooth-shifting TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic is used for all engines. Four-wheel drive is optional for all trim levels, while rear-wheel drive is standard.

2021 GMC Sierra Power & Handling

The GMC Sierra has an engine lineup with five options. Kicking off the engine lineup is a 4.3L V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Next up is the 2.7L turbocharged I4 engine that provides 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra is also available with a 3.0 turbodiesel I6 that kicks out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Customers also have two V8 options to choose from. The first is a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and the second is a 6.2L V8 that kicks out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Depending on engine and trim level, the Sierra comes with either a 6, 8, or 10-speed automatic transmission. Like its Ram counterpart, the GMC Sierra comes standard with two-wheel drive but is available with fou-wheel drive.

2021 Ram 1500 Features & Design

The Ram 1500 trim level lineup is even more extensive than the engine lineup. The Tradesman trim offers many standard features other trucks, like the Sierra, don't offer. These include keyless entry/ignition, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and cruise control. In addition, the Tradesman includes a backup camera, a 5-inch infotainment touchscreen, an electronic switch-activated parking brake, power-adjustable heated side mirrors, and 18-inch steel wheels. The following trim levels add interior features: a heated steering wheel, heated/cooled front seats, leather upholstery, remote start, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, navigation, and an 8.4 or 12-inch infotainment touchscreen. Exterior features of the higher trim levels include chrome accents, a single or dual-pane sunroof, power running boards, LED lighting, and a multifunction tailgate. In addition, the TRX has exclusive features like high-performance Bilstein shocks, paddle shifters, launch control, 35-inch all-terrain tires, eight selectable drive modes, 11.8 inches of ground clearance, 13 inches of front suspension travel, and 14 inches of rear suspension travel.

2021 GMC Sierra Features & Design

The GMC Sierra lineup kicks off with features like manual crank windows, a two-speaker sound system, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, and smartphone integration. Higher trim levels are more attractive with features like cruise control, keyless entry, six speakers, chrome bumpers, remote start, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, and navigation. The AT4 trim comes with off-road suspension, standard four-wheel drive, hill descent control, skid plates, and red tow hooks.


Both the Ram 1500 and GMC Sierra have a lot to offer. But with its powerful engine lineup and superior comfort and convenience, the Ram 1500 is the clear choice. Interested in putting a 2021 Ram 1500 in your driveway? Then come on down to Dave Smith Motors to find the one for you! Our friendly sales team is ready to answer any of your questions, accompany you on a test drive, and make your next truck-buying experience a pleasant one. You can also start your search today by perusing our full inventory right here online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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