2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. GMC Sierra

September 3rd, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Let’s Compare These Two Great Trucks


The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t hold back on safety features. Instead, it makes safety a top priority. While both the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra feature a variety of safety features and focus on making a truck that is designed for safety above all else, the Silverado features some key additions to keep any individual and his/her family safe in any situation.

Some of these features include traction control, emergency braking assist, stability control, a post-collision safety system, and even dual front side-mounted airbags, just to name a few out of the many safety features included. The GMC Sierra features only some of these important safety features, such as dual side-mounted airbags and stability control.

Both vehicles offer many more safety features in addition to these, in order to make driving easier and safer. However, the main goal of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is to prevent accidents entirely and keep drivers safe while on the road. This is evident in some of the Silverado’s extra safety features, such as auto-on headlights, emergency braking function, traction control, and pressure monitoring features.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado for sale in Oklahoma offers just a few unique safety features over the GMC Sierra that help keep drivers safe in virtually any unexpected situation they may encounter. However, these few additional safety features offer a big advantage in safety.

Fuel Economy and Value

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has good fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. It gets 17/22 mpg (city/highway), holds 26 gallons of fuel, and has a combined mpg of 19. This is all very similar to the GMC Sierra, which has a slightly lower mpg in cities, getting around 16/22 mpg (city/highway). The GMC Sierra also holds 26 gallons of gas and has a lower combined mpg of 18.

These specs are almost identical, but it is also important to note the price difference between these two cars. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts at a reasonable price of around $43,000, while the GMC Sierra starts at around $48,000. That’s a huge difference for two cars that share very similar features and specifications, and the price won’t be made up by saving on gas over the years because the GMC Sierra will need slightly more fuel refills than the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

In all, the Chevrolet Silverado has slightly better fuel economy and the overall cost difference is huge when the starting price of the GMC Sierra is so much more. Even so, both trucks offer decent mpg when considering the large size of these vehicles and the strong engines that they hold.

Interior & Comfort

Both the GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado offer practically the same space inside the cabin, with about 43 inches of front headroom, 66 inches of shoulder room, 45 inches of front legroom and 61 inches of front hip room. The two vehicles offer comparable, if not identical, interior space, so at a quick glance, these two vehicles may seem similar on the inside, but in reality, they are very different from one another.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado features cloth-lined seats, while the GMC Sierra features leather-lined seats. While the leather may look nicer and more stylish at first, it heats up very quickly in the summer and is not as comfortable or as practical as cloth-lined seats, which don’t get anywhere near as hot when left sitting in direct sunlight. However, if leather seats are indeed desirable, the Chevrolet Silverado does offer one option for a leather interior. That is jet-black leather-lined seats.

The Silverado also offers a four-way manual passenger seat adjustment, which the GMC Sierra cannot also claim to offer. Both vehicles pitch the same interior colors, making them appear identical inside the cabin. The colors available for interior colors are black, dark grey, beige, and light gray. These interior colors are all plain, neutral colors that really make the vibrant paint on the outside of the vehicles pop.

Tech Features

Keeping in mind that the GMC Sierra is more expensive than the Chevrolet Silverado, it is important to note that both vehicles offer very similar entertainment features, such as three months of provided satellite radio, AM/FM stereo, speed sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input, USB connection and a total of six speakers. They also both offer heated mirrors, a rearview camera and cruise control that is accessible from the steering wheel, along with easily accessible audio controls.

However, while both of these vehicles seem to offer the exact same tech features, the Chevrolet Silverado gives you all of this for at least $5,000 less than the GMC Sierra. Both vehicles include this tech, along with many more technical features that are designed from cutting-edge technology to make driving easier and more comfortable, whether taking a short ride to the grocery store, or going on a long trip cross-country, or anywhere in between.

Exterior & Styling

As far as the exterior styling of each vehicle goes, the colors that they come in are again, almost identical. Blue, two different shades of red, grey, black, silver, and white are the colors that each vehicle can come in. The shades are slightly different on each truck because they are different brands, but they are essentially the same. On each vehicle, you will find off-road assist steps to help you step into and out of the truck.

Both vehicles have long truck beds with rubber bed mats. Additionally, both the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra are trucks that were designed to haul heavy cargo and can do so with ease.

Although the two vehicles are built comparably on the outside, in the tires are where you’ll really begin to notice a difference between these two vehicles. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra use the same size of wheel – 20” x 9”, but the Silverado’s wheels are brighter because they’re made of polished aluminum, while the GMC Sierra’s wheels are made from machined aluminum.

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