2021 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
2021 GMC Sierra 1500


2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
4.3L V6

Base Engine

4.3L V6
285 hp


285 hp
305 lb-ft


305 lb-ft
8-speed automatic


8-speed automatic
420 hp, 6.2L V8

Top Engine

420 hp, 6.2L V8
Up to 5,352 kg

Max Towing Capacity

Up to 6,033 kg

If you’re comparing the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Chevy Silverado 1500, you should get a few things straight right off the bat. These two GM pickup trucks are identical in many respects, and they differ primarily in terms of styling and appearance. However, there are a few important distinctions that you should keep in mind, and we’ve covered each of them in turn. Compare the Silverado 1500 and the Sierra 1500 on price, engine options, appearance, and more with Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Silverado or Sierra: Pricing and Trim Levels

Whether you’re looking for an entry-level model or a luxurious range-topping behemoth, you’ll find that the Silverado 1500 is somewhat more affordable than its “Professional Grade” counterpart from GMC. Compare the GMC Sierra vs. Chevy Silverado at both ends of the lineup, here:

Silverado 1500 Price Points

  • 2021 Silverado 1500 Work Truck (Entry-Level): $31,698 MSRP
  • 2021 Silverado 1500 High Country (Top Tier): $67,498 MSRP

Sierra 1500 Price Points:

  • 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Base (Entry-Level): $32,898 MSRP
  • 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali (Top Tier): $69,698 MSRP

On the whole, the two models are priced at similar rates. However, the 2021 Silverado 1500 is offered in eight different trim levels. Since the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is only offered in six trim levels, it may be easier to find the right model for the right price if you choose the Silverado.

Silverado or Sierra: Engine Options and Capability

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 are offered with identical starting engines: a 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, both models offer the same four engine upgrades! However, that doesn’t mean they’re equals in all respects:

  • The Chevy Silverado 1500 can be equipped to tow up to 6,033 kg.
  • The GMC Sierra 1500 can only tow up to 5,352 kg.

This is a significant difference that will doubtlessly sway some Stratford and Cornwall drivers. However, for the vast majority of buyers, either model can be a practical choice.

Silverado or Sierra: Interior Quality

If you’re looking for a reason to choose the Sierra, and the latter’s unique exterior appeal hasn’t convinced you on its own, you’ll find exactly what you’re after when you step into the cabin:

  • The Silverado 1500 has more hard plastics than the GMC Sierra 1500. Many PEI-area drivers find that the details in the GMC are more luxurious.
  • Additionally, the Sierra has a quieter cabin than its rival GM pickup. This difference makes it a little easier to relax after a long day or enjoy your favourite programs on a long drive to your next job site.
  • The Regular Cab versions of both pickup trucks offer two speakers as standard. However, those who opt for a larger cabin will enjoy six speakers as standard in the GMC Sierra. You’ll need to upgrade to enjoy more impressive audio in the Silverado.

With all this said, both models offer plenty of useful features. Each comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, Teen Driver technology, and a rearview camera, among other amenities.

Silverado or Sierra? You Decide at Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC

So, which light-duty pickup truck is right for you? Silverado or Sierra? Since we proudly sell both models, you can see and test drive each of your options at Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC! Plus, we offer a wide range of new vehicle specials to help you get everything you’re searching for. While you’re here, be sure to explore our overview of the 2022 GMC Sierra towing capacity!

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