2016 Ram 1500 vs GMC Sierra Philadelphia PA


2016 Ram 1500

vs.

2016 GMC Sierra


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Features & Specs

2016 Ram 1500

2016 GMC Sierra

Horsepower

305 hp @ 6400 rpm

285 hp @ 5300 rpm

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Technology

5 Stars

3 Stars

Value

4.5 Stars

2 Stars

2016 Ram 1500 vs 2016 GMC Sierra near Philadelphia, PA

The 2016 RAM 1500 competes in the full-size pickup class.  One of its closest competitors is the Chevy Silverado. The RAM 1500 is one of the top competitors in work/family trucks, thanks to a winning combination of strong powertrains, a smooth ride and a well-trimmed cabin. The GMC Sierra is powerful, with fuel-efficient engines; many available configurations; well-built, comfortable interior; quiet highway ride. However, standard six-speed automatic transmission's ratios are too widely spaced for optimal towing performance; eight-speed auto only available on upper trims; doesn't have much to offer against competitors' unique strengths.

2016 Ram 1500 Power & Handling

The 2016 Ram 1500's base engine is a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 generating 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Rather than a traditional shift lever, the eight-speed is controlled by a rotary knob on the instrument panel. A rear-wheel-drive (2WD) layout is standard, but there are two available 4WD systems. Both have a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing. However, one is a traditional part-time system with manual mode selection, while the other additionally offers an Auto 4WD mode that automatically switches between rear- and four-wheel drive as conditions dictate.

2016 GMC Sierra Power & Handling

Available EcoTec 5.3L V8 engine offers the best V8 fuel economy in any full-size pickup, the6.2L V8 offers 420 horsepower, more than any other light duty pickup. controlled descent in rough terrain. With innovative trailering technologies and powerful engine options, Sierra is designed to do the work you need to get done, and to do so with ease. Eaton Locker automatic locking rear differential locks rear wheels when slippage is detected, providing improved traction and enhanced control, and Hill Descent Control allows for a controlled descent in rough terrain.

2016 Ram 1500 Features & Design

The Ram 1500's cabin is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. Even the lower trim levels boast an attractive design, with satisfactory materials and intuitive controls that are reasonably easy to reach, while the available wood trim and premium leather upholstery are predictably posh. Seasoned truck owners might be thrown off at first by the rotary shift knob on the dashboard, but it quickly becomes second nature, and it frees up useful storage space compared to trucks with console-mounted shifters. The front seats themselves are soft, yet strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab's rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle. That smooth ride remains one of the Ram's most distinctive traits, and it comes courtesy of the class-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension, which is better at smoothing out and reducing the harshness of rough road surfaces than the typical leaf-spring setup.

2016 GMC Sierra Features & Design

The 2016 Sierra 1500 pickup truck sets a higher standard, with purposeful technology inside and out - to help you stay connected and in control. Sierra's expertly crafted body and premium appointments form a striking appearance. The new front appearance with stunning new GMC Signature LED lighting, available High Performance LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, and Thin Profile LED fog lamps further its bold and advanced design. The powerful presence of the 2016 Sierra light duty truck is built on a foundation of Professional Grade engineering to deliver confidence and refinement. Sierra 1500 has three available bed options to fit nearly everything you could possibly need: Short, Standard, and Long. In addition, the truck's cargo box is designed with the several premium standard and available features to add convenience and functionality.

Conclusions

From the driver seat, the Ram feels more refined than its competitors, as its ride quality is smoother and steering more precise than you'd expect in a full-size truck. Running at speed on the freeway, the Ram 1500 is impressively quiet and composed. It gets even better when fitted with the available air suspension. Overall ride and handling dynamics are some of the best available in any full-size truck. The 2016 GMC Sierra feels robust structurally, yet most versions are compliant and comfortable over broken pavement. Take note, though, that the ride is noticeably stiffer on trucks with the Max Trailering package. The Sierra earns an Edmunds.com "B" rating, and one of the areas it scores highest in is quietness. Road and wind noise are minimal, even at highway speeds. In our long-term test of a Sierra, we found this truck extremely livable for daily commuting and long road trips alike. Given its size and focus on utility, the GMC isn't exactly agile around turns, and there's plenty of body lean if you push it harder. But in normal driving it feels confident, and the steering is well-weighted. Off-road, the Sierra exhibits excellent composure when bouncing around on rocky trails.

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