2020 Ram 2500 vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 – Costa Mesa, CA

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  • 2020 Ram 2500

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    2020 GMC Sierra 2500

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    410Gas Engine Horsepower (HP)401
    4,010Max Payload (lbs)3,979
    19,680Max Towing Capacity (lbs)18,510

    The Ram and GMC Sierra are two top contenders for anyone in the market for a powerful pickup, which is why drivers should consider the 2020 Ram 2500 vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500. Choosing the 2500 heavy-duty versions of these trucks guarantees powerful engines with impressive capability. Whether you need a strong truck for personal or commercial needs, you won’t be disappointed by the features on these newer models.

    Although the GMC Sierra produces solid horsepower, it’ll set you back quite a bit more than a 2020 Ram 2500. Higher trims of the Ram 2500 are unbeatable in terms of towing and payload, giving a keen edge to this popular classic pick-up. After checking under the hood, there’s no better way to assess your prospective truck than by sitting behind the wheel and taking it out for a spin.

    Newer trucks offer a smoother ride and appealing technology that you won’t find in an older model. Nonetheless, even if you’re paying top-dollar for new, not all trucks are created equally. You might assume that choosing the Sierra’s high-end Denali model will guarantee you every creature comfort under the sun. However, despite the Denali’s “premium interior” (and premium price-tag), you’ll need to pile on additional packages before getting a head-up display or surround-view camera. Adaptive cruise control is not even an available option.

    The Ram 2500 presents a generous array of features across all six trim levels. USB ports, touchscreens, leather upholstery, the latest driver assistance technology aren’t hard to find either through standard features or reasonable packages in the lower-priced trims. With options to customize your truck from top to bottom, there’s a new pick-up that’s perfect for every driver. It’s easy to get confused when you have such a wide range of possibilities to consider but taking the time to do your homework will definitely pay off for this important investment.

  • Capability

    A white 2020 Ram 2500 is towing heavy equipment through a neighborhood near Costa Mesa, CA.

    Both the Ram and Sierra come with multiple configurations available. Crew cabs, extended cabs, four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, various trims, along with a slew of trailering packages mean you won’t have any trouble customizing your pick-up to do exactly what you need it to do.

    The 2020 Ram 2500

    When it comes to capability, the Ram 2500 is a tough truck to beat. This heavy duty pick-up is in the second year of its fifth generation, with each year building on the last. A high-strength steel frame paired with aluminum body panels allows this truck to be both durable and lightweight. Two engine options include a 6.4-liter HEMI gasoline engine V8 or a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel inline-six engine. For towing, go with the diesel and tow up to 19,680 pounds. The Fifth-Wheel/Gooseneck Prep Package is engineered with a factory-installed rear-axle structural cross member that has integrated mounting hardware to handle heavy tows with confidence. The maximum payload is 4,010 pounds when equipped with the HEMI V8 gas engine.

    The 2020 GMC Sierra 2500

    The GMC Sierra was completely redesigned for 2020, as the first model in the fourth generation. While this overhaul improved hauling and towing from previous years, it still can’t quite keep up with the new Ram. Fully equipped models will give you a maximum payload of 3,979 lbs and a maximum towing capacity of 18,510 lbs. Far from wimpy by any means, but less than what you’ll find in a lower-priced Ram.

    Other Performance Features

    The Ram 2500’s available auto-level rear air suspension system adapts on command to ensure a parallel hitch between your truck and trailer. Impressive features on the Power Wagon trim include a lightweight and fray and kink-proof Warn Zeon-12 Winch with an astounding 12,000-pound rating. A disconnecting front sway bar boosts off-road performance by increasing axel articulation. Get superior traction with front and rear locking differentials that disperse torque equally to every wheel. The Power Wagon also has Bilstein gas-charged monotube shocks to guarantee a smooth ride despite rocky conditions.

    The Sierra's off-road model is the AT4. A lifted suspension, GMC’s MultiPro tailgate, and additional skid plates are the main performance-based upgrades. It’s also styled to look more rugged with bright red tow hooks 20” all-terrain tires, and a dark chrome trim. To take full advantage of the AT4, you’ll need to add the AT4 Preferred Package (for enhanced technology upgrades, like wireless charging) or the AT4 Premium Package (upgraded assist steps and driver assistance technology).

  • Technology

    The rear view camera screen is shown on the infotainment screen in a 2020 Ram 2500.

    The 2020 Ram 2500

    The Ram 2500 has the largest available radio touchscreen in its class. The 12-inch screen is fully customizable, letting you pinch and zoom or switch to a split-screen view as needed. Available driver assistance aids include everything you’d expect from a high-tech 2020 vehicle. Lane keep assist, adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring can be found on high-level Rams or as package add-ons to lower trims. From the get-go, the Tradesman Ram has an available push-button start and remote keyless entry along with a 5-inch touchscreen as standard.

    The 2020 GMC Sierra 2500

    If you want a high-tech truck, the GMC Sierra leaves a lot to be desired. Choosing the base model means you won’t even get the option of an 8-inch touchscreen or power seats. To be fair, some basics are included, like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth Connectivity. You’ll definitely need to look at higher trims if you’re hoping for driver assistance tech or interior creature comforts. It’s not until you upgrade to the SLT (third trim level) or above that you’ll see a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and dual-zone automatic climate control.

  • Design

    A red 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is shown from the side on dirt after winning the 2020 Ram 2500 vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 comparison.

    The GMC Sierra 2500

    Don’t be fooled by the Denali’s clever marketing team. When you get down to what you actually receive for your money, you might be disappointed. The cabin is undoubtedly more refined than any other Sierra models. As you’d expect, the Denali has heated and ventilated seats, which are made of premium leather, along with a heated steering wheel. A Bose premium audio system and HD radio are also included.

    Standard flooring in the Denali is carpeted, but all-weather floor mats and a rubber bed mat are available for an added charge. A rear-seat infotainment system is also available, along with a power sunroof. Despite the Denali’s high price tag, several preferred features will only end up costing you more than anticipated.

    The 2020 Ram 2500

    On the other hand, the Ram 2500 does a lot to provide a luxurious feel for less. Through its active noise cancellation system, the Ram creates a tranquil driving experience even while driving off-road. Instead of hearing the sounds of nearby construction or traffic, you can choose your own soundtrack on the Harman Kardon Premium Audio system with an immersive 17-speakers and 750-watt multi-channel amplifier.

    The Ram’s six trims are all uniquely styled to suit your taste. For a southwestern feel, the Laramie Longhorn’s premium mountain brown leather interior is charming and distinctive. If a modern look is more your style, the Limited trim fits the bill with 100% leather seating and accents crafted from real wood and aluminum. Even if you prefer the base Tradesman trim, adding the Chrome Appearance Package brings some sparkle and shine to your prized pick-up.

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