2023 RAM 1500 vs 2023 GMC Sierra 1500

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Each year, truck manufacturers roll up their sleeves and double their efforts in order to come out on top. Are you hesitating between a RAM 1500 and a Sierra 1500? Find out what 2023 models have to offer, so that you can choose the perfect vehicle for you!

2023 RAM 1500 vs 2023 GMC Sierra: main characteristics (powertrains, performance, technologies)

When it comes to full size trucks, performance is key, and some drivers will also have the need for higher capacities than others. The 2023 RAM 1500 vs 2023 GMC Sierra both offer four different powertrains; let’s take a closer look.

On the one side, the RAM offers:

  • A 3.6 L V6: 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft. max. torque
  • A 5.7 L V8: 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft. max. torque (+130 lb-ft. upon ignition with eTorque)
  • A 3.0 L EcoDiesel V6: 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft. max. torque
  • A 6.2 L V8: 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. max. torque

This last powertrain is exclusive to the formidable TRX trim, which sits at the top. As for the rest, the Pentastar V6 is the engine found on the Tradesman and Big Horn. The first V8 is the standard offered powertrain on all of the other trims, however, some of them can also receive the optional Diesel engine.

On the other side, the GMC Sierra offers:

  • A 2.7 L 4- cylinder turbo: 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft. max. torque
  • A 5.3 L V8: 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft. max. torque
  • A 6.2 L V8: 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. max. torque
  • A 3.0 L 6- cylinder diesel: 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. max. torque

As you can see, the options are quite different with both, although there are similar diesel and V8 options. The standard offered engine is slightly more powerful on the GMC but the optional V8 are more powerful with the RAM! On top this, GMC has nothing that can compare to the powerful TRX trim.

Modern vehicles also have to offer cutting-edge technologies. So it is interesting to also compare GMC and Dodge models with this in mind as well.

With Dodge, you will have the intuitive Uconnect system with 12- inch touch screen. This is an infotainment system that has merited several positive reviews, especially when it comes to how quick and easy it is to use, along with the image quality.

With the GMC, you will have a standard offered 7- inch touch screen, and this climbs up to 13.4- inches from the SLE version on. Just like the RAM, you will have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a complete set of features.

front view of a 2023 RAM 1500 truck 2023 RAM 1500
front side view of a 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 2023 GMC Sierra 1500

RAM 1500 vs Sierra 1500: Technical Features

Aside from power, what sets each truck apart is how comfortable the driving experience is. On top of offering great off-road skills, the RAM also provides you with exclusive features like:

  • Active-Level Four Corner Suspension (optional)
  • An evolved front suspension with coil springs
  • A 5- arm rear suspension with progressive coil springs

In short, it is designed to be enjoyable and comfortable to drive and truly stands out with a smooth and quiet driving experience.

Moreover, it is no surprise that the AJAC has named the RAM 1500 “Best of its Category for 2021”. It came out way ahead of the GMC Sierra in terms of comfort, direction and road handling.

RAM 1500 vs Sierra 1500: comparing interior and exterior design

The RAM 1500 vs Sierra 1500 exteriors are both robust and muscular, yet also practical. On the one hand, the GMC presents a new tailgate called the “Multipro”, which is customizable in a variety of ways.

On the other hand, the RAM not only offers tailgate assist (soft close and open) as standard equipment, but also includes the multifunction tailgate as optional equipment as well. This tailgate can be opened traditionally, or to the sides like barn doors.

Inside, functionality also takes center stage. You will find a customizable central console that is extremely useful for those who have large objects to stow or mobile devices to charge. The GMC truck also offers a storage space in the central console, although it remains quite traditional.

When it comes to comfort, the bar is set higher every year! In front row, you will take advantage of generous space, no matter which vehicle you choose. However, Dodge defies its competitors with generous passenger space. Not only does it provide passengers with greater legroom, but also includes heated and ventilated rear seats!

Genuine wood trims and high-quality leather are also found in the interior of both vehicles at the higher trim levels. The RAM, however, does include more luxurious materials and superior finishes. As for the Sierra, only the Denali trim can be considered as luxurious an option as what RAM offers on several trims.

cockpit and dashboard view of a 2023 RAM 1500 RAM 1500 2023
cockpit and dashboard view of a 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 GMC Sierra 1500 2023

RAM 1500 vs Sierra 1500: Towing Capacity

The towing capacity varies a lot for both SUVs, and depends on selected configuration. With the GMC Sierra, it ranges between 9,500 pounds with the 2.7 L engine to up to 13,000 pounds with the diesel and 6.2 L V8 engines.

The RAM isn’t far behind with a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds! The entry-level powertrain has a 7,710 pound towing capacity and the diesel 12,560 pounds. As for the formidable TRX, it offers a towing capacity of up to 8,100 pounds.


All in all, when we compare the RAM 1500 vs Sierra 1500, numbers are not the only thing that matter. In fact, a simple test drive will show you just how practical and comfortable the RAM truly is, without forgetting the quality of the infotainment system. Contact your dealership to find out more or come and visit us to take it for a spin.

Here is how both trucks compare, at a glance:

Features RAM 1500 GMC Sierra 1500

3.6 L V6

5.7 L V8

6.2 L V8

3.0 L V6 (diesel)

2.7 L 4- cyl.

5.3 L V8

6.2 L V8

3.0 L 6- cyl. (diesel)


305 HP/269 lb-ft. (3.6 L)

395 HP/410 lb-ft. (5.7 L)

702 HP/650 lb-ft. (6.2 L)

260 HP/480 lb-ft. (diesel)

310 HP/430 lb-ft. (2.7 L)

355 HP/383 lb-ft. (5.3 L)

420 HP/460 lb-ft. (6.2 L)

277 HP/460 lb-ft. (diesel)

Maximum Towing Capacity 12,750 lb 13,000 lb
rear side view of a 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 truck